HP Victus 16 assessment: A brand new gaming model makes its mark

MSRP $1,360.00

“The HP Victus 16 is a solid gaming laptop at an affordable price.”

Pros

  • Excellent productiveness efficiency
  • Solid 1080p gaming efficiency
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Display is nice for each productiveness and gaming
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Build high quality is subpar
  • Keyboard backlighting is proscribed
  • Poor battery life

Gaming laptops have by no means been extra widespread, and HP has a brand new line of gadgets to satisfy the surge in curiosity. Victus is the title, and it sits below HP’s premium Omen gaming model and replaces the budget-level Pavilion gaming machines.

HP Victus brings a extra premium design, souped-up internals, and Windows 11. I used to be despatched a high-end configuration with a Core i7-11800H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 that’s priced at $1,360.

That’s a good worth for a reasonably outfitted gaming laptop computer — the closest Omen 16 configuration I may put collectively prices $1,950 by comparability. Given the worth distinction and nice efficiency, the HP Victus 16 has already made its mark on the earth of reasonably priced gaming laptops.

Design

Angled image of the back of the HP Victus 16.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The very first thing you would possibly discover when you’re acquainted with the Omen line is the Victus brand. It’s a “V” based mostly on the identical core geometry because the Omen brand, with the underside portion basically remoted to face by itself. The brand’s not solely on the skin lid and on the show chin, however it’s additionally embedded within the venting above the keyboard and descriptions the venting on the chassis backside. If nothing else, the Victus has its branding down.

The remainder of the Victus 16’s aesthetic is minimalist, with few nods to a extra flashy gaming design. In truth, the one actual gaming design factor is the row of vents alongside the again of the chassis. They lend some visible aptitude whereas additionally offering enhanced thermals (extra on that in a bit). My assessment unit was within the Mica Silver (black) colour; Performance Blue and Ceramic White are the opposite choices.

Overall, the Victus 16 is a gaming laptop computer inside a extra conventional laptop computer design. We’ve seen that with just a few different gaming machines, such because the conservatively designed (and rather more costly) Razer Blade 15 and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which, apart from its lid and rear venting, additionally sports activities a nongaming aesthetic. The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro lives in each worlds without delay, with a businesslike design with some gaming parts like aggressive vents seemingly pasted on. Conversely, the Asus ROG Strix G15 and the Alienware laptops preserve a die-hard gaming aesthetic via and thru.

The Victus 16 has fairly small bezels for a gaming machine, at the least on high and alongside the edges. Even with a large chin, the mix ends in an 84% screen-to-body ratio — not unhealthy for a gaming laptop computer. That made it potential to suit the 16-inch show right into a chassis that’s nearer to a 15-inch gaming machine. The Legion 5 Pro has smaller bezels round its 16-inch, 16:10 facet ratio show and is nearly equivalent to the Victus 16, which sports activities an old-school 16:9 panel, in width and depth.

The Asus ROG Strix G15, with a 15.6-inch, 16:9 show, is fractions of an inch wider and deeper. The Victus 16 is 0.93 inches thick and weighs 5.5 kilos, in comparison with the Legion 5 Pro at 1.1 inches and 5.4 kilos and the ROG Strix G15 at about an inch and 5.7 kilos. That makes the Victus 16 a fairly sized gaming laptop computer given the show and parts. You can get thinner gaming laptops, just like the Razer Blade 15 at simply 0.67 inches and the HP Omen 16 at 0.89 inches, however you’ll pay for it.

Straightforward image of the HP Victus 16.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

One space the place the Victus 16 doesn’t fairly reside as much as its worth is its construct high quality. It’s an all-plastic laptop computer, which is ok, however the lid is just too bendable and the keyboard deck has sufficient flex you could really feel your fingers urgent in opposition to no matter’s immediately beneath the keyboard and palm relaxation. The Legion 5 Pro and ROG Strix G15 felt sturdier to us, and people are about the identical worth because the Victus 16. The hinge was extremely wobbly, simple to open with one hand however susceptible to shaking throughout gaming periods. Maybe the construct high quality carried over from the budget-oriented Pavilion Gaming line, however HP would possibly wish to enhance it in future generations.

One of the extra significant upgrades from the Pavilion Gaming 16 is the thermal design. HP included a brand new system with five-way airflow due to a further outlet vent on the RTX 3060 mannequin, 4 warmth pipes, and bigger followers. The result’s a 30% enhance in airflow, in response to HP, which makes the laptop computer fairly loud when working onerous however retains it cooler than its predecessor. As we’ll see within the efficiency part beneath, the Victus 16 makes essentially the most of its parts, and that’s partly because of the glorious thermal design.

The HP Victus 16 has an ethernet port, a full-size HDMI port, a USB-A 3.2 port, a USB-C 3.2 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader along the left-hand side.

Two USB-A 3.2 ports along the right-hand side of the HP Victus 16.

There’s a mixture of connections obtainable on the Victus 16, with a give attention to with the ability to join quite a few gaming peripherals. There’s an Ethernet port, a full-size HDMI port, a USB-A 3.2 port, a USB-C 3.2 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader alongside the left-hand aspect, and two extra USB-A 3.2 ports alongside the right-hand aspect. Juice is supplied by a large 200-watt energy brick and a proprietary barrel connector.

There’s no Thunderbolt 4 help, although, which is disappointing. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 present wi-fi connectivity.

Performance

The Victus 16 is provided with a 45-watt, eight-core/16-thread Intel Core i7-11800H — a workhorse amongst Intel’s lineup that gives a few of the finest inventive utility efficiency you’ll discover outdoors of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 sequence. That’s to not point out its productiveness efficiency, which is overkill for even demanding workplace employees.

There’s nothing that claims a gaming laptop computer can’t be used to get work achieved, and so it’s price how effectively the Victus 16 performs on non-gaming duties. Consider my spouse, an inside designer: She was handed an Alienware gaming laptop computer as her work machine as a result of it sports activities each a quick CPU and a discrete GPU for dashing up purposes like AutoCAD, Revit, CET, and the Adobe suite. The HP Victus 16 would slot in an workplace setting extra discretely than an Alienware machine, that’s for positive.

Image of the underside of the HP Victus 16.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

In any occasion, the Victus 16 is undoubtedly a quick laptop computer even in comparison with comparably outfitted mainstream laptops. It led the pack in Geekbench 5 with impressively excessive scores, tied for third place in Cinebench R23 (with the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and its Ryzen 7 5800H being the quickest machine), took first place in our Handbrake take a look at that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, and even achieved the excessive rating in PCMark 10, a primarily productivity-oriented benchmark.

In PugetBench, which makes use of Premiere Pro to crunch via a sequence of demanding duties and that may make the most of a discrete GPU, the Victus 16 once more achieved the very best rating amongst its closest opponents.

If you’re on the lookout for a quick laptop computer for productiveness and artistic duties, then you possibly can’t go incorrect with the HP Victus 16. It pushes its parts to the acute, thanks primarily to its glorious thermal design, and it’s definitely quicker than your typical mainstream — and sometimes skinny and light-weight — laptop computer. Note you could additionally buy the Victus 16 with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H when you’d like even quicker CPU efficiency.

Laptop Geekbench 5 Cinebench R23 PugetBench
(Premiere Pro)
Handbrake
(seconds)
PCMark 10
HP Victus 16 (Core i7-11800H) 1594 / 9141 1510 / 10145 765 91 6808
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 (Core i7-11800H) 1520 / 7353 1519 / 10497 388 99 6251
Dell XPS 15 OLED 2021 (Core i7-11800H) 1544 / 7692 1513 / 9979 509 101 6024
MSI Creator Z16 (Core i7-11800H) 1540 / 7625 1444 / 9615 738 103 6486
Dell XPS 17 (Core i7-11800H) 1568 / 8801 1525 / 10145 692 n/a 6209
LG Gram 16 (Core i7-1165G7) 1573 / 5454 1394 / 4137 N/A 213 4827
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (Ryzen 7 5800H) 1460 / 7227 1430 / 11195 622 99 n/a

Gaming

Top view of the lid on the HP Victus 16.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

But in fact, the Victus 16 is a gaming laptop computer, and so it must be measured in opposition to different gaming laptops. Here, it additionally impressed, performing fairly effectively provided that it has one of many slower GPUs in our comparability group. Note that HP consists of its Omen Gaming Hub app with the Victus 16, which permits undervolting and three energy modes: Quiet, default, and efficiency.

I ran all of the benchmarks — together with these within the part above — in each default and efficiency modes and noticed little or no distinction in efficiency. In most video games, efficiency mode squeezed out only some further body charges.

Its 3DMark Time Spy rating was consistent with our comparability group, coming in next-to-last place, with solely the MSI Creator Z16 — a nongaming machine with the identical GPU that I added for comparability functions — posting a decrease rating.

In precise video games, the Victus 16 did effectively. It managed to come back inside a few frames of the Razer Blade 14 and Lenovo Legion 5 Pro in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — and each of these are outfitted with RTX 3070s. It nearly matched the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro in Battlefield V, and it beat out the Razer Blade 14 in Fortnite. Finally, it beat each the RTX 3070-equipped machines in Civilization VI.

Best but, these are very playable body charges throughout the board, making the Victus 16 a extremely succesful 1080p gaming machine. These outcomes are all at excessive graphical settings, that means you don’t want to show issues down to keep up excessive body charges. For a gaming laptop computer outfitted with an RTX 3060, the Victus 16 is aggressive. If you choose the AMD model of the laptop computer, you possibly can go for a slower AMD Radeon RX5500M GPU to avoid wasting money.

Laptop 3DMark Time Spy Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
(1080p Ultra High)
Battlefield V
(1080p Ultra)
Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
Civilization VI (1080p Ultra)
HP Victus 16 (RTX 3060) 7341 59 fps 72 fps 99 fps 118 fps
Razer Blade 14 (RTX 3070) 8605 60 fps 96 fps 96 fps 111 fps
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (RTX 3070) 9175 61 fps 73 fps 101 fps 114 fps
Asus ROG Strix G15 (RX 6800M) 10504 77 fps 109 fps 108 fps 150 fps
MSI GS66 Stealth (RTX 3080) 9097 70 fps 117 fps 140 fps 149 fps
Razer Blade 15 (RTX 2080 Super) 7637 58 fps 98 fps 110 fps 134 fps
MSI Creator Z16 (RTX 3060) 6322 50 fps 57 fps 56 fps (1600p) 92 fps

The Victus 16 strikes a variety of air when it’s working onerous, and so fan noise was fairly audble. It’s not sufficient to pressure you to put on headphones always, however you would possibly select to take action nonetheless. The floor of the laptop computer remained affordable, hitting 101 levels Fahrenheit on the appropriate aspect of the keyboard deck throughout benchmarking. The backside of the chassis didn’t exceed 115 levels F throughout my testing. During nongaming use, the laptop computer remained cool and quiet.

According to 3DMark, GPU temperatures ran between about 75 levels C and 100 levels C on the most, which is the very best potential protected temperature. We don’t sometimes prefer to see temperatures get that prime, and also you’ll discover higher thermals in laptops just like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro.

Configurations

While our $1,360 assessment configuration was on the excessive finish — with the Core i7-11800H, RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and the 144Hz Full HD show — you may get the Victus 16 for a lot much less cash. For instance, for simply $730, you may get a Core i5-11400H, GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and the entry-level 60Hz Full HD panel. But this, fairly frankly, isn’t a configuration that most individuals are going to take pleasure in between the outdated graphics card and the 60Hz display.

The most you possibly can spend is $1,640 by upgrading our configuration to 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a QHD (2,560 x 1,440) 165Hz show.

If you wish to get monetary savings however not compromise a lot on efficiency, then you possibly can nonetheless maintain your buy worth below $1,000. For $920, you may get the Core i5, an RTX 3050 Ti, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 144Hz Full HD show — a stable entry-level gaming laptop computer for a really engaging worth, particularly when you’re attempting to purchase a gaming laptop computer below $1,000.

Display

Closeup image of the HP Victus 16's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

Gaming laptops don’t at all times boast shows with huge and correct colours and excessive distinction, and as an alternative give attention to issues like refresh charges. The show put in on my assessment Victus 16 prevented these limitations. It’s a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS show operating at a 144Hz refresh charge, with its one weak point being its old-school 16:9 facet ratio.

But as I used the show, it appeared like an identical panel to what I would discover on a premium skinny and light-weight laptop computer geared toward productiveness work. It was vibrant, with dynamic colours that weren’t oversaturated and sufficient distinction that blacks stood out from whites.

I used to be more than happy with the Victus 16’s show.

My colorimeter confirmed my impressions. The show is certainly vibrant at 375 nits, effectively above our 300-nit threshold, and the distinction got here in at 1120:1, exceeding our most well-liked 1000:1. Colors had been wider than common at 79% of AdobeRGB (the place round 72% is the norm) and 100% of sRGB, they usually had been pretty correct at a DeltaE of 1.85 (1.0 or much less is taken into account glorious).

The Asus ROG Strix G15 wasn’t practically pretty much as good, coming in at 278 nits, a 1,090:1 distinction ratio ( end result), and simply 48% of AdobeRGB and 64% of sRGB with a colour accuracy of two.19. The Legion 5 Pro’s show was additionally good at 515 nits, a 1,380:1 distinction ratio, 74% of AdobeRGB and 97% of sRGB, and a colour accuracy of 1.36.

I used to be more than happy with the Victus 16’s show. Not solely is it quick for gaming, however it will probably carry out effectively for productiveness work. It may even do some inventive work in a pinch due to its quick efficiency.

The audio wasn’t fairly as spectacular. The two downward-firing audio system had been very quiet even when turned up all the way in which, though there was no distortion. Mids and highs had been clear sufficient, however the bass was missing. You’ll need a pair of headphones once you’re gaming at full energy as a result of the sound gained’t be loud sufficient to beat the fan noise comfortably. The similar goes for bingeing Netflix and listening to music — headphones are a should.

Keyboard and touchpad

Closeup image of the keyboard on the HP Victus 16.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

Here’s one factor the Victus 16 didn’t inherit from the Omen line: Per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard. In truth, though the Victus 16’s keyboard is certainly backlit with white lighting, it’s solely on or off with no ranges in between. So, HP has very rigorously ensured that the Omen retains its benefit right here. The keyboard feels nice, although, with deep journey and really snappy switches that present glorious responsiveness for each players and productiveness customers. It’s not a mechanical keyboard, however it shouldn’t maintain again aggressive players.

The touchpad is elevated in measurement over the Pavilion Gaming 16, and it takes up many of the obtainable house on the palm relaxation. It has a snug floor for swiping, however I discovered the buttons just a little unfastened, they usually vibrated only a contact when pressed. It’s nothing egregious, and as a Microsoft Precision touchpad, it helps the complete complement of Windows 11 multitouch gestures. Overall, I’d charge the touchpad as competent however nothing to write down dwelling about.

There’s no Windows 11 Hello password-less help, and the show isn’t touch-enabled. So, these are two lacking options that will have been welcome however are generally lacking in midrange gaming laptops.

Battery life

The Victus 16 is a gaming laptop computer with comparatively high-end parts and a 70 watt-hour battery. I didn’t anticipate nice battery life from the machine, and I didn’t get it.

In our web-browsing take a look at that cycles via a sequence of advanced web sites, the Victus 16 managed simply 4.5 hours — a horrible rating. The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro labored for over seven hours, which nonetheless isn’t nice, however it’s much better than the HP managed, whereas the Asus ROG Strix G15 did even worse at simply 3.8 hours.

In our video take a look at that loops via a neighborhood 1080p film trailer, the Victus 16 hit 6.5 hours, one other horrible rating. The ROG Strix G15 managed eight hours, and we didn’t submit the Legion 5 Pro to this take a look at.

I additionally ran the PCMark 10 Applications battery take a look at, the place the Victus 16 made it to simply over 5 hours. We haven’t examined another gaming laptops with this benchmark, however most laptops get 10 hours or higher. In the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at, the Victus 16 managed 92 minutes, which implies it retains working whereas unplugged.

The Victus 16 isn’t meant to be a transportable productiveness machine, so these battery outcomes are forgivable. Just know that you just’ll wish to maintain your fairly massive energy adapter with you once you’re switching gaming environments.

Our take

The HP Victus 16 is a professional contender within the medium-priced gaming market. It’s well-equipped and performs admirably. Its chassis, though a bit too bendable, isn’t too massive to hold round.

HP struck a pleasant steadiness with the Victus 16. And now, the corporate has a real gaming model sitting beneath the Omen lineup that ought to higher entice players with much less cash to spend.

Are there any options?

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is probably going the very best different to the Victus 16. It’s about the identical measurement, though its show is within the superior 16:10 facet ratio, and its gaming efficiency is analogous. You’ll additionally spend across the similar cash.

You may additionally contemplate the AMD-equipped Asus ROG Strix G15 as worth different, and the ROG Zephyrus G15 provides a extra streamlined chassis and better specs for anybody who desires to step up their gaming a notch.

How lengthy will it final?

Despite a unfastened hinge and a barely bendable lid and chassis, the Victus 16 ought to nonetheless final for years of onerous gaming. The one-year guarantee stays as disappointing as ever.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. The HP Victus 16 is a reliable gaming performer for the worth in a snug chassis.

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