HP Victus 15 review: As low-cost as gaming laptops come

HP Victus 15

MSRP $850.00

“The HP Victus 15 offers modest efficiency, however ceratin configurations make it worthwhile.”

Professionals

  • Strong productiveness efficiency
  • First rate 1080p gaming efficiency
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Conservative beauty
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Complicated configurations
  • Poor battery life
  • Ho-hum display screen

Gaming laptops are typically costly, and the chip scarcity has solely made that state of affairs worse in recent times. HP’s new Victus 15 slides in with choices nicely below $1,000 that try to offer a repair to that downside.

Whereas the bigger Victus 16 will get you as much as an RTX 3060, the Victus 15 tops out at an RTX 3050 Ti — and begins at a budget-tier GTX 1650, which is what my review unit included. Regardless of having the most recent Twelfth-gen CPUs, we don’t usually suggest gaming laptops with graphics which can be fairly that backside of the barrel. Whereas our unit lacked in efficiency, there are some configurations within the lineup that might make the Victus 15 a strong buy — particularly contemplating the options.

 Design

HP Victus 15 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Just like the Victus 16, the Victus 15 has a design that carries over just a few parts from HP’s Omen lineup however maintains a extra conservative aesthetic. The Victus emblem shares the Omen emblem’s primary geometry, chopping off and retaining the underside portion. The brand reveals up on the lid and within the venting above the keyboard. In any other case, the Victus 15 has easy strains and few gamer-oriented parts. The rear vent has a little bit of a fighter jet look, however from the entrance and sides, you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking the Victus 15 for a mainstream funds laptop. That notion extends to the skinny facet bezels and fairly small prime bezel that distinction with the large chin on the backside of the show.

There are three out there colours, Mica Silver (darkish grey), Efficiency Blue, and Ceramic White. The Victus 15 doesn’t look precisely like a smaller model of the Victus 16 — the rear edges are extra rounded, giving a sleeker look. It’s commonplace for gaming laptops to strike a extra mainstream look. Different examples embrace the Razer Blade 15 and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. If you need a laptop that appears like a gaming machine, you’ll wish to think about one thing just like the Asus ROG Strix G15 that’s a gamer by way of and thru.

HP didn’t got down to make a skinny and lightweight gaming laptop, nevertheless it didn’t make the thickest or heaviest both.

The Victus 15 is made from all plastic, similar to the Victus 16. Additionally like that laptop, it has a lid that’s fairly bendable. The keyboard deck additionally comes with a little bit of flex, though the smaller mannequin is a little more strong. The hinge works nicely, permitting the lid to be opened with one hand and avoiding any severe wobble throughout intense gaming motion. Total, the Victus 15 is barely improved over the Victus 16, nevertheless it falls nicely in need of dearer machines just like the Lenovo Legion 5i Professional and the Razer Blade 15.

Even given the big chin on the underside of the show, the Victus 15 is sized like the everyday 15-inch gaming laptop. It’s fractions of an inch narrower and shallower than the Lenovo Legion 5, for instance, and simply as thick at 0.93 inches. The HP is barely lighter at 5.06 kilos in comparison with 5.3 kilos. The Acer Nitro 5, a equally priced gaming machine, is about the identical dimension, however thicker at 0.94 inches and lighter at 4.85 kilos. HP didn’t intention to make a skinny and lightweight laptop, nevertheless it didn’t make the thickest or heaviest both.

HP Victus 15 left view showing ports.

hp victus 15 review olympus digital camera

Connectivity is strong, with one exception. There’s a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, an Ethernet connection, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader. The one obtrusive omission is Thunderbolt 4, which we’ve seen on laptops at this value level. Wi-fi connectivity is both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 or Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, relying on the configuration.

Value and configurations

Inexpensive gaming laptops are robust to come back by lately, particularly ones which can be truly value shopping for. As with all low-cost laptops, although, digging into the configurations is vital — and sadly, HP has created a complicated lineup with the Victus 15, providing preconfigured fashions by way of retailers that make the most of totally different Intel CPUs than you should purchase by way of HP’s configure-to-order (CTO) system.

The preconfigured fashions vary from a $600 (on sale from $880) configuration with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1650. My review unit was related, although it price $800 and features a Core i5-12450H and a 144Hz Full HD show. On the excessive finish is the $1,000 (on sale from $1,100) mannequin with a Core i7-12650H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and the Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti. Different choices embrace the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and the RTX 3050. These higher-end choices will provide you with much better efficiency.

You’ll be able to configure the Victus 15 at HP.com, which helps you to spec out your laptop in finer element, starting from $870 on the low finish to $1,230 on the excessive finish. There are two main rivals that value out carefully to the Victus 15: The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 and the Acer Nitro 5. The Nitro 5 is $50 dearer when configured equally, whereas the IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes with the most recent Ryzen processor for $900.

Efficiency

HP Victus 15 rear view showing lid and logo.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

A very powerful distinction is that the Core i5-12450H is a 45-watt, 10-core (4 Efficiency and 6 Environment friendly), and 12-thread CPU, in comparison with the 45-watt, 12-core (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 16-thread i5-12500H. The Core i7-12650H is a 45-watt, 10-core (six Efficiency and 4 Environment friendly), 16-thread CPU, in comparison with the Core i7-12700H, a 45-watt, 14-core (six Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 20-thread CPU. We’ve solely benchmarked the Core i7-12700H, however wanting on the Geekbench 5 database, the Core i5-12450H and Core i7-12650H are (as anticipated) slower than their higher-core and higher-thread counterparts.

We haven’t examined a 28-watt P-series Core i5, however once more, wanting on the Geekbench 5 database, it appears to be sooner than the Core i5-12450H in my review unit. It’s value noting that the Victus 15 couldn’t fairly sustain with laptops working the 28-watt Core i7-1260P with its 12 cores (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly) and 16 threads, of which we’ve reviewed fairly just a few. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H can be sooner than the Core i5 in my review unit.

Accordingly, the Victus 15’s productiveness and creativity performances have been combined. It had the second-slowest Geekbench 5 leads to our comparability group, nicely behind the Core i7-1260P within the MSI Status 14 and the core i7-11800H within the HP Victus 16. The identical held with our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, though the variations weren’t as vital. On the identical time, the Victus 15 was extra aggressive within the Cinebench R23 benchmark, producing the third-fastest single-core rating and beating the MSI Status 14. The Victus 15 was once more behind many of the pack within the PCMark 10 Full check that runs by way of a variety of productiveness, multimedia, and inventive duties.

The Victus 15 can deal with demanding productiveness workflows and a few low-end inventive duties.

Lastly, within the Pugetbench Premiere Professional benchmark that runs in a reside model of Adobe’s Premiere Professional, the Victus 15 once more fell behind the MSI Status 14. That laptop was configured with the RTX 3050, a sooner GPU than the GTX 1650 within the Victus 15, and the Pugetbench benchmark is closely influenced by GPU efficiency. Nevertheless, it wasn’t GPU efficiency that held the HP again. The truth is, the Victus 15 tied the Status 14 within the GPU part of the benchmark, and it was within the CPU-dependent video playback part that the HP was a lot slower.

Total, mainstream efficiency was nonetheless strong for an $800 laptop. The Victus 15 can deal with demanding productiveness workflows and a few low-end inventive duties. However you’ll see sooner outcomes by ordering by way of the CTO system. Curiously, the Omen Gaming Hub app has a efficiency tuning part, however the GTX 1650 model of the Victus 15 doesn’t have a efficiency setting, which is disappointing.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) Pugetbench for Premiere Professional PCMark 10 Full
HP Victus 15
(Core i5-12450H)
1,450 / 6,699 118 1,670 / 9,521 441 6,059
HP Victus 16
(Core i7-11800H)
1,594 / 9,141 93 1,510 / 10,145 N/A 6,808
MSI Status 14
(Core i7-1260P)
1,505 / 10,041 114 1,553 / 8,734 553 6,201
Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey
(Core i7-11600H)
1,478 / 5,366 152 1,501 / 8,571 N/A 5,989
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(Core i7-12700H)
1,625 / 11,543 72 1,725 / 14,135 793 7,430
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
1,460/7,227 99 1,430/11,195 N/A n/a

Gaming

HP Victus 15 rear view showing vent.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Gaming efficiency was principally in keeping with expectations given the GTX 1650 GPU. These are the lowest-end graphics playing cards yow will discover in a gaming laptop, so your expectations ought to be low when firing this up. First, the Victus 15 had the bottom 3DMark Time Spy check in our comparability group, as anticipated. It was significantly decrease than the MSI Status 14’s RTX 3050, additionally as anticipated.

The Victus 15 carried out OK in most of our benchmarks at 1080p and better graphics settings. It managed playable body charges in Civilization VI and Fortnite, however simply barely within the latter case. You’ll must drop right down to a decrease setting to play Murderer’s Creed Valhalla. The outcomes aren’t listed within the desk under, however the Victus 15 managed to hit 45 frames per second (fps) in Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p and Extremely graphics with DLSS turned off.

Total, the laptop averaged higher than 30 fps in most of our benchmark titles. After all, that’s the naked minimal fps for gaming, so that you’ll wish to configure the RTX 3050 Ti to get extra snug body charges at greater graphics.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla (1080p Extremely Excessive) Civilization VI (1080p Extremely) Fortnite (1080p Epic) 3DMark Time Spy
HP Victus 15
(GTX 1650)
25 fps 60 39 3,653
HP Victus 16
(RTX 3060)
59 fps 118 99 7,341
MSI Status 14
(RTX 3050)
20 fps N/A 26 4,438
Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey
(RTX 3050 Ti)
15 fps 61 54 N/A
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(RTX 3070 Ti)
80 fps 177 fps 103 fps 1,0623
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(RTX 3070)
61 fps 114 fps 101 fps 9,175

Show and audio

HP Victus 15 front view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

There are three show choices for the Victus 15, all non-touch 16:9 Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS. They embrace a 250-nit 60Hz panel, a 250-nit 144Hz panel, and a 300-nit low blue mild panel. My review unit was geared up with the 144Hz show, and it appeared OK to me once I powered on the laptop and used it throughout my testing. The colours have been muted, however the distinction appeared deep sufficient, and the show didn’t get terribly brilliant.

That’s just about what my colorimeter confirmed. Brightness was certainly low at 236 nits, under our 300-nit threshold, whereas the distinction was good at 1,150:1, above our most well-liked 1,000:1. Colours weren’t very large at simply 65% of sRGB and 49% of AdobeRGB, and accuracy wasn’t nice at a Delta-E of three.04 (2.0 or much less is taken into account the minimal for inventive work). The Victus 16’s show was brighter and had wider and extra correct colours, and solely the Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey‘s show was worse.

These outcomes aren’t horrible for a laptop that’s $800 or much less, however they turn into much less palatable as you strategy $1,000. The show is okay for productiveness work and gaming, primarily due to the excessive distinction, however creators will discover it missing.

Brightness
(nits)
Distinction sRGB gamut AdobeRGB gamut Accuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
HP Victus 15
(IPS)
236 1,150:1 65% 49% 3.04
HP Victus 16
(IPS)
375 1,120:1 100% 79% 1.86
MSI Status 14
(IPS)
317 1,820:1 97% 72% 3.67
Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey
(IPS)
350 800:1 65% 48% 2.37
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional
(IPS)
502 1,330:1 99% 76% 1.35

Two downward-firing audio system present the audio, placing out loads of quantity with only a trace of distortion on the prime finish. Mids and clears have been excessive, however there was zero bass, that means you’ll wish to put on some headphones for intense gaming and binging classes.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

HP Victus 15 top down view showing keyboard and touchpad.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

There’s no per-key RGB lighting with the Victus 15, as HP is seemingly reserving that for its Omen gaming lineup. As an alternative, there’s only a single, moderately brilliant backlight setting. There’s loads of spacing, and the keys with their gamer-oriented font are giant sufficient. I discovered the switches to be ligh, with a pleasant click on on the backside, which ought to work properly for avid gamers even when it’s not a mechanical keyboard. Total, the keyboard felt very like the one on the Victus 16, which shouldn’t be a shock.

The touchpad was giant and had a floor that provided a contact of resistance. It was responsive and dependable for Home windows 11’s complement of multi-touch gestures, and the clicks have been strong and assured with out being too loud.

The webcam is a 720p model, and it carried out about in addition to the everyday laptop webcam. That’s, it was OK with good lighting however misplaced particulars in low mild.

The Victus 15 doesn’t assist Home windows 11 Hey passwordless login. There aren’t any fingerprint reader or infrared camera choices, which is disappointing.

Battery life

HP Victus 15 edge view showing HP stamp.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

My review unit packed in simply 52.5 watt-hours of battery, which isn’t so much for a 15-inch laptop with a discrete GPU. If you happen to order a higher-end mannequin by way of HP’s CTO system, you may get a 70 watt-hour battery. I wasn’t anticipating a lot in the best way of battery life.

Unsurprisingly, the Victus 15 didn’t do nicely. It managed simply 4.25 hours in our web-browsing check that cycles by way of a sequence of widespread and demanding web sites, and it solely managed 5 hours in our video check that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer. Within the PCMark 10 Purposes check that’s the very best measure of productiveness battery life, it couldn’t fairly make it to 5 hours. The typical laptop in our database a minimum of doubles these outcomes.

The Victus 15 carried out equally to many of the gaming laptops in our comparability group. Solely the Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey and the Razer Blade 14 with its AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX had meaningfully longer battery life.

Net searching Video PCMark 10 Purposes
HP Victus 15
(Core i5-12450H)
4 hours, 18 minutes 5 hours, 7 minutes 4 hours, 50 minutes
HP Victus 16
(Core i7-11800H)
4 hours, 25 minutes 6 hours, 25 minutes 5 hours, 7 minutes
MSI Status 14
(Core i7-1260P)
5 hours, 11 minutes 6 hours, 2 minutes 7 hours, 2 minutes
Samsung Galaxy E book Odyssey
(Core i7-11600H)
10 hours, half-hour 14 hours, 19 minutes 11 hours, 47 minutes
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(Core i7-12700H)
4 hours 32 minutes 7 hours 9 minutes N/A
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
7 hours 10 minutes N/A N/A
Razer Blade 14
(Ryzen 9 5900HX)
8 hours 17 minutes 11 hours 7 minutes N/A

Our take

Ranking the HP Victus 15 is difficult given its wide selection of configurations. The $600 configuration (on sale from $870) with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and a GTX 1650 offers plenty of worth and can probably present related efficiency to my review unit. Talking of that, the configuration I reviewed justifies its $800 value, however barely.

In the long run, the Victus 15 carried out nicely sufficient and is constructed solidly sufficient to make it a strong new entry within the funds gaming area. You’ll simply wish to examine the out there choices earlier than making your selection.

Are there any options?

The perfect various to the Victus 15 is the Victus 16. It’s a bit bigger, nevertheless it will also be configured with a a lot sooner GPU, and its show is barely higher. For simply $100 extra, you may get a configuration with an AMD Ryzen 5 6600H and RTX 3050 that’s in all probability sooner than my review unit.

There aren’t many different gaming laptops below $1,000 which have made the change to Intel Twelfth-gen CPUs. One which has is the Acer Nitro 5, which has a extra aggressive gaming design and related configuration for a few hundred {dollars} extra.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is one other various, providing a equally conservative design and related elements for only a bit more cash than the Victus 15. You’ll wish to search for the most recent AMD Ryzen 6000 fashions.

How lengthy will it final?

Regardless of a bit bending within the lid and flexing within the keyboard deck, the Victus 15 is a well-built funds gaming machine. It ought to nonetheless final for years of exhausting gaming. The industry-standard one-year guarantee stays as disappointing as ever.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. The Victus 15 is an efficient worth so long as you make your choice fastidiously from amongst HP’s complicated buying choices.

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