Which Laptop for Zwift

I’m sure loads of people have asked this.

But basically my old laptop had died and needs replacing.

I’ve been into PC World this evening and they recommend I spend at least £700 on a laptop that has a 1gb graphic card.

Do I need a laptop that specialises in gaming or will a half descent laptop (say around £500 do the job).


Hi Nicholas,

Zwift plays well on my daughters laptop which is 3 years old and not so well on my 2008 MBP. My guess would be a £700 laptop would do the job adequately. Does it meet the spec as published by Zwift?

Hi Nicholas,

Just a head’s up: Zwift for AppleTV will be released very soon so that may be a much less expensive way of getting in. I don’t have a date yet but we are hoping much sooner rather than later.

Not all of us are in the Apple crowd…

Thus an android version could also do the job using ie Chromecast, but I don’t know the plans for developing an android app…

Strange it isn’t on the air already as it seems 81% of all smartphone users worldwide are on Android - http://sahrzad.net/blog/android-vs-ios-on-smartphones-worldwide-statistics/

I picked up an Alienware 15 R3 laptop and it absolutely screams with Zwift.  I send the signal to an HDTV via HDMI.  The framerate and picture quality are fantastic.  A gaming laptop may be a little more than you’re looking to spend, but you definitely won’t regret it… especially if you’re sending the signal to a larger display.


Any plans to make it compatible with chromeOS in the future?  

@Joran Garden

Actually running about 5 different Android-Versions (Jelly, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat) and the newst, Oreo, with an installbase below 1%.

And how many of the devices are capable to run zwift? 10%? 20%? I don’t know. But I think the Zwift HQ is interested in earning money, and I think they know there is another OS. 

Maybe it’s a lot of work. And maybe it’s one of the reasons we have to pay +50% per month.