Laptop purely for Zwifting.

(Keith Christie) #1

Hi guys,


After 2 weeks of scanning the internet for a laptop for Zwift, I have narrowed my choice down to 3:


Could some kind soul advise me which to go for…it will be only used for Zwifting and I want the best Zwift experience possible without over speccing.Really appreciate any help as my brain is now frazzled!

(Gerrie Delport) #2

Why are you looking for a laptop, you can get a very nice PC for a lot less.

Look at the following bench marks.

My Budget setup: it runs Ultra 1440 at 60FPS

PC / Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 /PCIe/SSE2

Graphic card is the most important part. With a 23" screen.

(Anders Wallin) #3

FWIW I reccently got an Intel NUC 6i7KYK which connects via HDMI to my TV and has a logitech k400+ wireless keyboard - works fine for me but I don’t have high requirements on graphics resolution/detail on zwift or other games…

(Keith Christie) #4

Thanks guys. Gerrie does “it runs Ultra 1440 at 60FPS”…refer to the monitor you use with your PC / Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 /PCIe/SSE2?

(James Grode WBR C) #5

I just picked this up for about $699.  

Dell - Inspiron 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Gray

  • Model: I7378-0028GRY
  • SKU: 5606400

(James Grode WBR C) #6

The 2 in 1 may be nice down the road, so to speak, if/when I get a handle bar mount for it.   Right now I just plug in to a wide 23 inch wide screen monitor.  Works well mounted to a wall.


(Gerrie Delport) #7

Hi Keith Christie PAC


Yes indeed, 


Look at the following bench marks.


With my old Graphics card I was running on med.

(Jonathan Brostoff) #8

If you truly want the best Zwift experience, you’ll want to “play” Zwift in 4k at at least 40 frames per second.  To do this, you’ll need a powerful PC and a 4k TV.  Thankfully, you can get both for around $1,150 US.

For $750 you can’t beat the PC at the Amazon link below. It has a 6th gen i5 running at 2.8 Ghz, with a NVIDIA 1060 3GB and a 120GB Solid State drive.  There is a similar machine on Zwiftalizer (albeit with the 3.2 Ghz i5) that runs 4k very nicely.

As far as a 4k TV, I love the Samsung KU6300 which is $399 US for the 43 inch.  



(Gerrie Delport) #9


I tend to disagree you don’t need a 4k tv and a PC that can run at 4k. I would love to ride my bike in a Imax with 4k on the big screen but it is not needed.

I have done many hours and miles on medium and it was just fine, once you are training and riding hard you don’t notice the difference between medium and ultra. 

It is cool when you are just watching to see all the detail or if you are on a recovery ride.

but that is just my 2c


(James Grode WBR C) #10

Good Point Gerrie.  Unfortunately, with my current fitness level, I see the birds and butterflies.  ;)  As my winter season rolls on I will ride into my current kit just fine using my rollers and wait until next winter for the VR kit and smart trainer to come into the picture.  Ride On!


(> Happy Runner) #11

There’s a difference between “want the best Zwift experience” and what you “need” for Zwift.  

In fact, if you don’t need the pretty experience at all, there’s TrainerRoad!  Me, I want as much realism as possible.