HP Victus 16 gaming laptops offer affordable, high-performance processing tailored squarely for gamers. It provides a reasonably priced alternative to the highly-rated HP OMEN series without a huge sacrifice in capability.
This HP Victus 16 review looks at the key features and specs you can expect in various models available.
The HP Victus 16 range of gaming laptops
At the time of writing, HP has three different Victus 16 gaming laptop models available for the UK market.
The construction of all these models uses environmentally aware and sustainable materials, including post-consumer recycled plastic for the keyboard keycaps and ocean-bound plastic for the cover, bezel, and speaker enclosure.
The case measures 37 x 26 x 2.35 cm when closed for each of these Victus models. A micro-edge display maximises the screen viewing area when open.
They feature a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad and the HP ImagePad with multi-touch gesture support. In addition, simple one-colour keyboard backlighting provides a clean appearance.
The lower-priced Victus by HP 16-e0081na laptop features a stylish ceramic white construction.
The mid-priced Victus by HP 16-e0036na model is available in ceramic white with a black chrome 'V for Victus' logo or performance blue with a chrome logo.
The top-end Victus by HP 16-d0032na laptop is available in three colour options: Ceramic white with a black chrome 'V for Victus' logo, performance blue with a chrome logo or mica silver with a dark chrome logo.
The case incorporates a 5-way air flow and an open vent that cools the electronic components during the most demanding processing tasks.
All of HP’s Victus gaming laptops feature state-of-the-art processing power with the support of fast dynamic memory and dependable local data storage.
The HP Victus 16-e0081na uses the impressive AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600H series processor. This six-core processor can operate up to 4.2 GHz with the clock at maximum boost. With an inbuilt 16MB L3 cache and the ability to run 12 threads, this processor can step up to the most demanding of games.
This laptop comes with 8GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM that can support transfer rates up to 3200 MT/s. In addition, dual-channel memory technology provided as two 4GB blocks allows two channels to work simultaneously, doubling the communication speed between the memory controller and RAM to boost performance.
A solid-state drive with a 256GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 provides reliable local storage.
This HP Victus 16-e0036na laptop uses the remarkable AMD Ryzen 7 5800H series processor. This eight-core processor can operate up to 4.4 GHz. With an inbuilt 16MB L3 cache running on 16 threads, this processor has the power and performance needed for serious gameplay.
The 16-e0036na model has 16GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM that can also support transfer rates up to 3200 MT/s. In addition, dual-channel memory technology in 8GB blocks pumps up the ability of the laptop’s memory controller and RAM to work cohesively and deliver strong performance.
Like its sibling, this Victus offers a solid-state drive but has an upgrade to a 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 for its local storage.
For exception gaming performance, the Victus 16-d0032na laptop uses Intel®'s outstanding 11th Generation Core™ i5-11400H series processor. This six-core processor can operate up to 4.5 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This processor series also runs at 12 threads and includes a 12MB L3 cache. As a result, this Victus has no issue handling some intense gaming requirements.
This Victus model is equipped with 16GB of DDR4-2933 MHz RAM for transfer rates up to 2933 MT/s and 2 x 8GB memory.
The Victus 16-d0032na is loaded with a 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 solid-state drive, coupled with 32GB of Intel Optane™ memory for storage acceleration.
Each of these Victus models offers a 16.1-inch (40.9-cm) full high-definition (FHD) display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The 144 Hz refresh rate with a 7 ms response time delivers the clarity and responsiveness gamers need to stay on top of the leaderboard. This performance reduces image lag and ghosting for smooth, crisp gameplay.
The 100% sRGB display maximises colour breadth and accuracy, while its DC dimming technology controls brightness levels by adjusting the pixels rather than the backlight. Combined with HP®'s in-plane switching and anti-glare technology, this feature eliminates screen flickering for comfortable viewing over extended periods.
The Victus HP 16-e0081na model features the outstanding NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 GPU with its built-in dedicated 4GB GDDR6 memory.
For a step up, the Victus HP 16-e0036na laptop is equipped with the exceptional NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3060 GPU with its dedicated 6GB GDDR6 memory.
At the high end, the Victus 16-d0032na is loaded with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU with dedicated 4GB GDDR6 memory.
HP Victus 16 gaming laptops include a SuperSpeed USB Type-C connection with a 5 Gbps signalling rate and three USB Type-A connections with the same 5 Gbps signalling rate. Each model also has HDMI 2.1 and RJ-45 connectors, a combined headphone/microphone connector, and a multi-format SD media card reader.
Networking connectivity is via an Integrated 1 Gbps ethernet connection or Realtek WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connections that support Gigabit data rates.
All laptops feature Bang & Olufsen dual speakers with the HP audio boost function for an enhanced audio experience. They also have the HP Wide Vision 720p HD camera with integrated noise-cancelling dual-array digital microphones.
The Victus 16-e0081na laptop features a 150 W Smart AC power adapter and an inbuilt 4-cell, 70 Wh Li-ion polymer battery that supports fast charging, restoring the battery to approximately 50% charge in 30 minutes. Fully charged, the battery offers over eight hours of unplugged operation.
The Victus 16-e0036na model includes a 200 W Smart AC power adapter as well as an inbuilt 4-cell, 70 Wh Li-ion polymer battery. This model also supports the same fast charging capability and offers nearly nine hours of unplugged operation on a full charge.
The Victus 16-d0032na laptop has the same battery power and capabilities as the second option above, but on a full charge, this model runs unplugged for nearly six hours on a full charge.
All Victus laptops come with the OMEN Gaming Hub, a service that offers software enhancements, hardware controls and live services – everything a gamer needs. You can even earn rewards while you game.
It offers access to Oasis, where you can chat with up to 15 other players and share screens using a low-latency 30 fps facility.
It allows you to create, store and share lighting colour schemes and synchronise your personalised lighting effects across all your OMEN devices.
It offers a dashboard of real-time performance metrics, including CPU, GPU and memory temperatures, so you can monitor computing health and manage any issues before they impact your gameplay.
It allows you to adjust processor power consumption and cooling modes to optimise performance.
It also has a network booster function that prioritises game-related communications to use the fastest available connection, reducing the possibility of lagging gameplay.
HP has a range of compatible gaming equipment you can bundle with your Victus purchase or add later as an upgrade. These devices include display monitors, gaming mice, headsets, keyboards, speakers and microphones.
Are you looking for a laptop that can handle serious gaming? Choosing one with the computational performance and graphical processing power necessary is essential for running the latest games effortlessly. You'll also need a laptop that can run for prolonged periods without worrying about overheating or lagging out.
HP’s Victus 16 laptops for gamers focus on performance and dependability. Victus also guarantees gamers an exceptional gaming experience without breaking the bank. The sleek, clean lines of Victus models help you blend into the background, allowing you to concentrate on your gameplay. However, if you want to brighten up your environment, a range of compatible customisation add-ons can turn your laptop into a stand-out gaming rig.
About the Author: Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a background in cybersecurity and risk management.
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