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5 Best HP Gaming Laptops Under 2,000

5 Best HP Gaming Laptops Under £2,000

Harry Stewart
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Shopping around for the best gaming laptop under £2,000?
You’ve stumbled upon the perfect post. With a healthy £2,000 budget, you’ve got enough coin in the coffers to snag a seriously zippy machine. Two grand will get you a speedy processor, a boatload of RAM, a sizeable SSD, and - most importantly - a high-tech GPU. Or, if you’d rather keep money aside for life’s more mundane expenses (rent, bills, etc.), you can get a good gaming laptop for much less.
Whichever basket you fall into, there’s an excellent HP gaming laptop for you. In this post, we’re covering the difference between the OMEN and Victus, what specs to expect for £2,000, and the top five options on the HP UK Store.

OMEN versus Victus

victus gaming laptop
A cursory glance at the HP UK Store reveals two gaming laptop product ranges. So what’s the better option for you, the OMEN or Victus? It depends on your budget and gaming needs.
The OMEN is HP’s premium gaming machine. Chock full of top-end specs and state-of-the-art cooling technology, the range offers impressive performance in a compact package. Powerful AMD Radeon™ and NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs render graphics on the fly, while lightning-fast CPUs facilitate fast frame rates when the action intensifies.
The OMEN has also become a hit among on-the-go gamers for its innovative Tempest cooling technology. Two large bottom fans and three air vents keep cold air flowing through the device, allowing it to perform harder and longer than the competition.
Of course, all this top-end technology comes at a cost. As a premium product, the OMEN requires a greater financial outlay than the Victus. But if you’re happy to spend more to play the latest Triple-A (AAA) games on high settings, the OMEN is your best bet. While the top-tier OMEN laptops exceed our £2,000 budget, there’s a multitude of high-octane options that don’t.
The Victus, on the other hand, is HP’s entry-level gaming machine. While it won’t match the OMEN in specs, this sought-after product provides respectable performance for an affordable price.
A Victus laptop can play most modern AAA games on medium-to-low settings at fast-flowing frame rates. Although you won’t get to crank up the resolution, there’s no need to miss out on the latest games. Moreover, the Victus typically comes in at well under £1,000, giving you a wad of leftover cash from a £2,000 budget.
Don’t plan on playing the latest releases on high settings? The more cost-effective Victus is all you need.

What specs to expect for £2,000 or less

Now that we understand the difference between Victus and OMEN, let’s look at what to expect on a £2,000 budget.

OMEN

The most potent OMENs exceed our £2,000 budget – the top-end option costs over £3,000. So with a £2,000 limit, don’t expect best-in-class specs like an Intel® Core™ i9 or an NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 4080. Nonetheless, £2,000 is sufficient to snag a high-powered OMEN with hardware such as:
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB) or RTX 4060
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 9
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 16” or 17” quad high definition (QHD, 2560 x 1440 pixels)
The more affordable OMENs, which retail between £1,000 and £1,500, come with a less powerful GPU/CPU, a lower resolution screen, and/or less storage.

Victus

A Victus sells at a fraction of the cost of a high-level OMEN, but still delivers silky smooth frame rates for less-demanding games. Expect the following hardware:
  • GPU: An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4 GB) or 3050 Ti
  • Processor: An AMD Ryzen 5 or 7
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Display: Full high definition (FHD, 1920 x 1080 pixels)
That’s enough to play most modern games on moderate settings or older/less-demanding titles on high resolution.

The best HP gaming laptops under £2,000

Now you’re up to speed on what to expect with specs, let’s check out the top five options on the HP UK Store. We’ve divided our favourite picks into categories to help streamline the shopping process.

Best premium gaming laptop: OMEN by HP 17-cm2001na Gaming Laptop with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060

OMEN by HP 17-cm2001na
Sneaking in at a smidgen under our budget, the OMEN by HP 17-cm2001na is the best gaming laptop you’ll get with a £2,000 limit.
This beefy gaming-ready machine delivers buttery smooth performance thanks to its 13th Generation Core i7 and 8GB GeForce RTX 4060. Expect crystal clear resolution on the QHD display, which boasts a stutter-free refresh rate of 165 Hz.
If you’re a passionate gaming addict happy to spend the full £2,000 budget, you won’t find a better option than this.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 dedicated)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 17.3” QHD, 165 Hz, 3 ms response time
  • Weight: 2.78 kg

Best budget gaming laptop: Victus by HP 15-fb0002na Gaming Laptop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050

victus 15
On the other end of the spectrum, the Victus by HP 15-fb0002na offers respectable gaming specs for a rock-bottom price. A modest financial investment gets you a GeForce RTX 3050 and an AMD Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM.
While that won’t see you cranking the latest releases up to maximum settings, it’s plenty of power for casual gamers on the go. All in all, this affordable alternative is the best value gaming laptop for price-conscious consumers with modest hardware requirements.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6” FHD, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
  • Weight: 2.29 kg

Best Mid-range gaming laptop: OMEN by HP 16-b1001na Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7 and RTX 3070 Ti

OMEN by HP 16-b1001na
Boasting a speedy 12th Generation Intel i7 and an NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, this capable gaming-orientated device will see you blazing through demanding modern releases. A sizeable 1TB SSD gives you space to store a rotating games collection. Meanwhile, its 16GB of RAM lets you multitask on the fly.
As usual with the OMEN, Tempest Cooling technology keeps your GPU ice-cold during intense online skirmishes. Plus, the OMEN by HP 16-b1001na has a crisp QHD display to watch the action unfold with staggering clarity. All this comes at a very reasonable mid-range price, which gives you a chunk of change left over from our £2,000 budget.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 12700H (12th Generation)
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 16.1” QHD, 165 Hz, 3 ms response time
  • Weight: 2.3 kg

Best customisable gaming laptop: OMEN by HP 16-n0003na Gaming Laptop

OMEN by HP 16-n0003na
Fancy tweaking your OMEN to strike the perfect balance between power and price?
Then check out the OMEN by HP 16-n0003na. With this fully customisable model, you can adjust the CPU, GPU, storage, resolution, and refresh rate to suit your specific gaming needs. That way, you can obtain all the specs you need (and none you don’t) to customise your playtime experience.
But don’t worry, there’s no chance you’ll blow your budget. Even with the best possible hardware across all specs, this high-value device still comes in under £2,000.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 16.1” QHD, 165 Hz, 3 ms response time
  • Weight: 2.41 kg

Best gaming laptop for portability: Victus by HP 15-fb0003na Gaming Laptop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti

victus 15
The Victus range isn’t just about affordability. The nimble, low-cost product also packs plenty of punch into a compact little box.
Many gamers on the move struggle to make do with a bulky 16-inch or 17-inch screen. Weighing just 2.26 kg, the agile Victus by HP 15-fb0003na is easy to lug around town thanks to its petite 15-inch screen.
Portability doesn’t have to mean sacrificing power. This model has a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 8GB RAM, and an AMD Ryzen 7, making it the most potent Victus on the HP UK Store.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6” FHD, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
  • Weight: 2.29 kg

Summary

Good gaming laptops come with a speedy CPU and GPU, plus stacks of storage and RAM.
But not everyone wants to play the latest Triple-A games on maximum resolution, which begs the question: what gaming laptop should I buy?
Think about your gaming habits and work out what specs you need. If cranking up the settings on high-demanding titles is a top priority, you’ll need to meet (or perhaps even exceed) our £2,000 budget with a state-of-the-art, feature-rich OMEN.
But if you’re happy to tune down the settings or stick to older titles, then a cost-effective Victus could suffice. That’ll give you plenty of leftover money to spend on other things, plus a more portable, lightweight device.
Once you’ve weighed up your priorities, review our top recommendations or see what else is available on the HP UK Store. The gaming laptop of your dreams is only a few clicks away.

About the Author

Harry Stewart is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. He’s a freelance writer covering everything from travel to tech.

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