Budget gamers now have two more laptops in mind, With the arrival of the HP Omen 16 and Victus 15 laptops.
The Victus, in particular, is for novice gamers who don’t need to play every game at Ultra settings at 300 frames per second. Despite its low price, the Victus is a neat laptop with some decent components under the hood. Those who need more power can turn to the Omen 16, an update to one of last year’s top picks.
The Omen and Victus haven’t changed much this year, but a few minor improvements along with upgraded interiors should at least put it on your radar.
Omen 16 and Victus 15 release date and price
The Omen 16 will be available sometime this summer, starting at $1,199. Its cheaper brother, the Victus 15, will also go on sale in the summer and will cost $799 for the base model. Both systems will be available at Best Buy and HP.com.
Omen 16: powerful specs at a lower price
Omen 16 is a simple and straightforward gaming laptop. It’s an aluminum laptop with a stylish design, a harmless branding, and four-zone RGB switches. Intel-powered models come in a new Ceramic White color, Whereas AMD’s options are Mica Silver. Those who want the most portable option should look elsewhere; The Omen 16 weighs 5.3 pounds and is 0.9 inches thick.
There’s a good selection of ports to choose from, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports (or standard USB-C on AMD models), three USB Type-A ports, HDMI 2.1, an SD card slot, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, and a headphone jack. / microphone.
HP spent a lot of time chatting with me about the cooling improvements it made to this year’s model. The company added a fifth heat pipe and a fourth outflow slot, which lowered the GPU temperature by 3% and 14% in SSD temperatures. This should give you some peace of mind during long gaming sessions.
Speaking of which, Omen comes with options from both major chip makers; On the CPU front, you can choose between AMD Ryzen 9 6800H or Intel Core i7-12700H CPUs while leaving the Nvidia or AMD GPU in shape with up to an RTX 3070 Ti or Radeon RX 6650M GPU. Whichever CPU/GPU you choose, it can be paired with up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to a 2x 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD.
The 16.1-inch, 1440-pixel IPS display features a 165Hz refresh rate and a 16:9 aspect ratio. HP says it goes up to 300 nits, which is the minimum in this price range. There are also two 1080p options at 144Hz or 60Hz.
Victus 15: Playing on a Budget
The Victus 15 looks like a good budget laptop, Although I’m not convinced that a 15-inch version was necessary when there really was a Victus 16 (assuming the larger model sticks with it).
Anyway, this new version has a similar design with a handsome V-shaped logo in the center on the lid. Once again, HP is calling for temperature improvements (7% better airflow), promising the Victus will stay cool under a heavy workload. The Victus is inspired by the Omen design, and restraint is clearly the thread here. While it may not be as stellar, one of the features the Victus has over the Omen is – at least in my opinion – the cool “Performance Blue” color option, which joins with Mica Silver and Ceramic White.
Moving on to the specs, the Victus 15 is powered by either Intel Core i5-12500H or AMD Radeon RX 6500M CPUs and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. You’ll play at 1080p instead of 4K on an RTX 3050 Ti or Radeon RX 6500M, but most titles will run well above 60 fps.
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