I wanted to share just in case anyone else was in a similar situation.
I am returning to Guild Wars 2 from a two to three year hiatus. I told my GF (who I was not dating when I played before) about GW2 and how I've been getting the itch to play again. She's not really a gamer but she wanted to watch me create a new character. As I was creating my character she sat and watched initially but kept making suggestions on what colors to make the armor, hairstyles, face options, etc. I could see her getting invested so I just backed up and said "Why don't you make a character for yourself instead?". And boom. The trap was set. Two hours later she was hooked and running around Queensdale shooting up bandits.
So she wanted to play together. But we had a problem. I only have one gaming capable computer and there wasn't room/ budget enough for another one. Especially because she probably only wants to play GW2.... for now haha.
Now we have plenty of laptops lying around for nongaming use. I use a Thinkpad X220 as a daily driver and she has an Lenovo Ideapad that she uses for school. Neither of these run GW2 well. With some research, I found Ge Force now! and boom it was perfect for our use case. It streamed the game from Nvidia's servers.
She was spoiled by my gaming set up. In her words: " I like the clicky keyboard (Cherry Mx Reds) and gigantic screen (34 inch ultrawide). Can I play on yours?" Hahahaha. She may not be a gamer but that comment could of fooled me. So I shared for the sake of guild wars 2 I shared my gaming set up and settled down to play using GEForce Now on my thinkpad.
Holy poo. It works great for me! Now I'm not saying its better than my gaming set up. No way. But it's doable for the few hours a week we set aside to play together. The screen is small 1366 by 768 (which I actually don't mind since I do work on it everyday), but using GE Force Now I can crank the graphics up to max! It doesn't look too bad! and its not as laggy as I thought it would be. I was initially worried about bandwidth but there are tons of options to control bandwidth. I think mine uses about 4 gb an hour. At the lowest setting, I could run it at 2 Gb an hour. Thats about the same I would get from using netflix or youtube. So pretty happy with it! It saved me hundreds of dollars on a whole second gaming set up for just one game. It is available for free but I actually loved it so much I went ahead and joined the 5 dollar a month Founder membership. Worth it. Especially for quality Guild Wars 2 Duo time with the lady friend.
TLDR: If you need to run GW2 on less than acceptable machines, try out GEforce now. It's pretty sweet. Thank you ArenaNet for letting Nividia make your game available for streaming.