Gaming laptops have a reputation for targeting “geeks” and “nerds”. As a result, they are more capable than traditional laptops — but in practice, they have alienated the vast majority of the average consumer. Part of the problem is that gaming laptops are all about glass, which means they are priced in a prime location.
But there has been a change in the way PC brands market entry-level SKUs and gaming laptops for light gaming, along with office or school work. HP’s new Victus 16 eSports is not targeted at the crowd. This is an affordable way to give the taste of a gaming laptop without being overpriced or extra comfortable. I’m been using the Victus 16 for a week, here’s what I think about HP’s budget gaming laptop.
HP Victus 16 Price in India: Rs. 60,900 to
HP Victus 16 Review: Design and Aesthetics
The Victus 16 is different from notebooks under the Oman brand and Pavilion gaming laptops. I think it has a lot to do with how HP wants to position the Victus 16. Lightless aesthetics, Victus 16 shows that it is ideal for normal use and gaming purposes. It has a full gray slab with plastic chassis. The lid engraved with the V-shaped logo is smooth.
The chassis for the 16-inch laptop is slim and its side screen bezels are thin, giving it a modern look. It’s not big, it’s not too small … that’s right. The Victus 16 is a machine for gaming and presenting, while no one feels like carrying it in a bag while portable.
The port selection on this entry level gaming laptop is surprisingly good. On the left are the Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1, USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 and USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port and on the right are two more USB-A ports. The 3.5mm audio jack and SD card slot are also on the left. For wireless connection, there is WiFi and Bluetooth 5.2 connection.
A 720p webcam is placed in the middle of the top bezel. There is nothing to admire about the webcam (it does not support Windows Hello, nor does it have a fingerprint reader) but it should be perfect for attending online classes and zoom calls. If you want to do live streaming it is a good idea to invest in an outdoor webcam.
The good thing about Victus 16 is that users can upgrade their internals. Remove the back panel – though not easy – and you’ll have access to two SODIMM memory slots and two SSD packs.
HP Victus 16 Review: Visual and Audio
The most important part of any laptop is the display. It has a 16.1 inch display with 60Hz refresh rate and 1920x1080p resolution. This is a 16: 9 panel, which is a common ratio to see on gaming laptops.
I’m clear: this is an entry level notebook and HP has cut corners to reduce the price. However, I have seen other gaming laptops in the same price range with a 144 Hz display.
If you need a high refresh display, keep your options open. Yes, you do not get 120 Hz or 144 Hz screen or touch screen option. It was nice to play late at night, so it was nice to watch movies.
Meanwhile, the Bang & Olufson-tuned speakers are impressive. It would be nice if the sound output from the speakers was good. These speakers are good enough for watching YouTube videos and listening to casual music. They sounded great when I was playing Dirty 5 on Victus 16.
HP Victus 16 Review: Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard on gaming laptops is not very comfortable to use. In the past, they gave me a lot of headaches because I had to constantly hit the wrong keys and correct spelling. This keyboard on the Victus 16 is not only easy to type, but also very sturdy! HP’s laptop keyboards continue to impress me. This is an integer keyboard number keyboard. Keyboard backlight, and no RGB backlight on the keyboard. The touchpad on the Victus 16 is huge and responsive.
HP Victus 16 Review: Performance and Battery Life
Don’t expect the Victus 16 to win awards for performance. I tested the base model with the AMD Raison 5 5600H processor, which includes 8GB RAM 512GB SSD and Radeon RX 5500M graphics (4GB GDDR6 dedicated). The Raison 5 is a faster processor, but it has its limitations, especially with the Radeon RX5500M integrated graphics. I was actually able to play Dirty5 But in lower settings. This means you can play old AAA titles smoothly on Victus 16. The lack of 8GB of RAM and a mid-range dedicated graphics card defines what this laptop can achieve. This is why buying a laptop can be so challenging – especially when you spend thousands of rupees.
If you play on the weekends but often need a laptop for study and work, the Victus 16 Bill fits. The important part to remember is to make sure you have the exact specification of what exactly you want the laptop to be. If you are chasing a high-refresh rate display and excellent graphics, you should look for an expensive gaming laptop and the sky is the limit.
The battery is surprisingly okay. During a gaming test, the Victus 16 lasted four hours, which is not too bad for a gaming laptop. If you actually use the notebook for basic work while traveling, you’ll see close to five hours on a charge.
HP Victus 16 Review: Should You Buy It?
Let’s take a look at the average user who wants to buy Victus 16. This person may already be using a Windows laptop or need to replace an older computer. Regular activities include basic applications such as web browsing, light photo editing, writing emails and MS Office, and casual gaming. In this case, I recommend the HP Victus 16, which is available online for up to Rs 60,000. But if you are someone who wants low power, high RAM and better high refresh display, I suggest you look for other options from HP, or choose a more configurable gaming laptop from competing brands.