Victus 2022 Edition is a complex mix of tradeoffs, which distracts from its gaming prowess.
The release of PlayStation exclusives for Windows has seen PC gaming take off, with games selling like hot cakes in the past few months.
The arrival of God of War, and Spider-Man Remastered has made it imperative to have a better gaming setup, especially for gamers who are passionate about gaming laptops.
HP is a leader in laptops with its three gaming lines, Pavilion Gaming, Omen, and Victus. We reviewed an HP Omen model, but were very excited about the potential of the HP Victus line, which was launched in India earlier this year.
The Victus range from HP is HP’s entry-level gaming solution. It starts at Rs. 67,999. We received the review unit at the high end of the HP Victus 15fb0053AX price range, which currently runs around Rs. 93,500.
This begs the question: How does HP’s affordable gaming option compare to its peers? The answer is: There are a lot of things left to be desired.Front view of HP Victus 15
HP Victus 15 specifications
Model HP Vitcus 15.-fb0053AX
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 GPU
Display 15.6 inch FHD (1920×1080) 144Hz LCD with 9 ms response
Memory 16GB DDR4-3200 Mt/s RAM
Storage: 512 GB PCIe(r) NVMe(tm) TLC M.2 SSD
Ports 1x SuperSpeed USB Type C, 2x SuperSpeed USB Type A, 1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 1x HDMI 2.1 and 1x SD media card reader,1 x Ethernet
Dimensions 35.79×25.5×2.35 cm
Weighing: 2.29 Kg
Webcam – Wide Vision 720p HD Cam
Power Supply: Smart AC power adapter
Price: Rs. 93,500
Benchmarks and performance
Most of you have probably clicked on this review to find out how the HP Victus 15, which is clearly gaming, performs.
You can’t expect the 1080p display to give you the best gaming experience. The HP Victus 15 is a solid choice when it comes to playing some of our favourite games from the past 2 years.
The HP Victus 15, at default settings, pushed more than 60 FPS across almost all of the games we played. There were very few hiccups while playing. These games all had default settings that ranged from Medium to Ultra. FPS is not sacrificed for visual fidelity. The laptop is able to accomplish its core purpose and we are happy to give it our approval.
We spent the majority of our time watching Spider-Man Remastered. It was stunning at High settings. Swinging around New York was never more enjoyable with an average speed of 60FPS. The Victus 15 will allow you to play your favourite AAA titles from the past two years at high visual quality.
Here’s a look at how AAA titles performed on the Victus
Batteries and thermals
The laptop is great for gaming but it has a problem with heat. During several gaming sessions, our review unit got quite hot. Our review unit was quite hot during several gaming sessions. Cyberpunk 2077, for example, managed to raise the core CPU temperatures to about 98-99deg C. The GPU temperatures rose to around 78-80deg C.CPU temperatures while playing Cyberpunk 2077.GPU temperatures while playing Cyberpunk 2077.
Disclaimer. We have reached out to HP regarding the thermal throttling problem with our review unit. We will update the piece with further information.
The battery was surprising at first. We were impressed with the Victus 15’s screentime, especially when we used it for regular video playback and web browsing at 50% brightness. This gave us a total of 5.5 hours of screentime. Comparing the Victus 15 to the competition, we found that the screentime is quite standard for a 1080p display with 250 nits peak brightness. However, gaming took us well under 1.5 hours. But, it is important to remember that not everyone should play on a gaming laptop with a low battery.
Let’s start by talking about the HP Victus 15’s design. Its low-key design might make it seem like a standard office laptop from a distance. Mica Silver was the dark grayish color we tested, which made it feel more low-profile. It isn’t as flashy as other gaming laptops and doesn’t have any RGB lighting or other gimmicks like other products in this price range.
Victus and HP logos have been emblazoned on nearly every side of the system by the company. The logos are on the back, the bottom, and even the vent cutouts at the bottom. In case you were wondering, they don’t light up.
The Victus 15’s 15.6 inch display has decently-sized bezels, compared to other laptops. We will discuss this later. You don’t need to worry about the hinge supporting your display being too sturdy.
It doesn’t matter how you feel about subtle-looking gaming laptops. However, the Victus 15 lacks a premium feeling due to its plastic chassis. This is something we don’t like. It weighs in at 2.29kgs. This is similar to the HP Omen16 that we reviewed earlier in the year.The Victus logos on the back.
Display and audio
The display is the biggest problem with the Victus 15. It’s a poor 1920x1080p resolution screen that lacks the vibrancy of colors found on other laptops with 1080p screens. The display’s lackluster brightness of 250 nits at peak brightness is exaggerated by the lackluster resolution. It’s a shame considering the price of the laptop. Although the 144Hz refresh rate is a great bonus, there are still some downsides to HP Victus 15.
The speaker grilles located just above and below the keyboard are not a big deal for audiophiles. It is loud but we are still surprised that anyone can get any bass from it after trying almost every possible thing to hear it while listening to Justin Bieber’s Sorry.
Keyboard and trackpad
If you are looking for RGB lighting on the keyboard, you will be disappointed. We don’t believe there are any RGB zones that can be used for customization. 75,000+ range. The keyboard instead features bright white backlit lighting.
The keyboard layout does include NUM keys. It’s a decent layout, with enough travel and clickiness to allow us to type quickly.
We have a buttonless trackpad on the trackpad side. It has been well placed. The first day we reviewed the unit, we experienced some gliding problems. It performed well after some driver updates and shutdowns. We have no complaints.Ports on the HP VIctus 15.
Software and Miscellaneous
The Victus 15 comes with the Omen gaming hub for gamers. This is your one-stop shop for everything gaming-related. You have many customization options when it comes setting up your device and boosting it for gaming. It also includes the Omen Light Studio which allows you to customize your keyboard lighting.
The Victus 15’s webcam is a poor 720p one. If you intend to use it for business purposes, it is worth looking for an external alternative.
The Victus 15 doesn’t have an audio component, so I am a bit confused about what Bang & Olufsen can offer in terms of sound. Other HP gaming laptops have had similar sound issues, so it’s no surprise that I have a major complaint about the sound quality.
Do you want to buy the HP Victus 15?
Now, the nearly One-Lakh INR question. Should you buy 2022 edition HP Victus 15 or not? The answer depends on what you prefer.
If you’re anything like us, the Victus 15 lacks RGB lighting aesthetics. The laptop can handle any AAA title well thanks to its processor and graphics card, NVIDIA RTX3050 GPU and Ryzen 7 5800H.
If you are looking for more features than a plastic build, it is better to search for alternatives. These options are easily available for less than Rs. 90,000. Some of these laptops will have a brighter display than HP Victus 15, which has a peak brightness of 250 nits.
If you are a fan of the design and the device, we recommend that you choose a higher-end model. You risk losing gaming performance with lower-end laptops. They also don’t have thermals or battery efficiency.
The Victus 15 is a good gaming laptop, racking up benchmarks and scoring well. However, HP’s latest entry-level gaming attempt fails to impress due to its poor display and average thermal performance. The laptop’s price tag of more than Rs. 75,000 leaves much to be desired, especially with the cheap plastic chassis. 75,000 and, even with the best hardware, HP’s cost-cutting in display and build make it a compromise for gamers.
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