The new HP Victus gaming laptops enter the market as a more budget friendly alternative to the Omen line. With many configurations available for under $1,000, it's sure to be on the list of many prospective buyers.
A thorough review. One thing: that wonky trackpad may be just the unit you received. I've had the Victus for two months now and the trackpad is fine (not spectacular, but serviceable, and who doesn't use a gaming mouse with their gaming laptop anyway?).
Thank you for the review, it contains some really useful insights, from an “everyday-user” angle. However, I would like to offer some constructive critisism if I may (I don’t know what into me, mayne I have just too much time on my hand today ), I hope it’s OK:
Display: If we are going into the gory details, it would be nice to see more basic metrics like contrast, response times, PWM, min/max brighness (max included though), because it feels one-sided as it is. I agree that the non-calibrated DeltaE values are bad (though not surprisingly, considering its class), but the calibrated 1.6 counts as a very good value for a gaming laptop (not to mention its sRGB coverage, whcich is again in the “good” range and is higher than a lot of laptop screens out there, in any class)
Performance wise, it would be really nice to see more data. If the CPU throttles down to 2.2 Ghz, there is definitely something wrong with either the unit or the testing. The temps were told to be good (68C under full load is excellent for a gaming laptop, in my book), so how come that the CPU is held back so much?
As for the GPU, it’s OK not to go into a wild performance analysis (an example would have been nice though), but more crucially, WHICH variant of the 3050Ti is it? As NVIDIA, in their infite wisdom, label all TDP variants the same, from 35W to 80W, it would have been really useful to see which is the one provided with the Victus.
Storage and RAM: Again, it would be nice to see at least their brand and main specs (the case was open anyway); any synthetic benchmark would have been a bonus
On the opinionated side, I don’t agree with some of the statements, but that’s just me:
- 5.5lbs/2.5 kg is not on the "heavier side" of gaming laptops for its size (its farily light, actually)
- Battery life is excellent considering its class (definitely more than “nothing spectacular”). This is not a MacBook Pro, and over 6 hours of potential office use is pretty good for a gaming laptop.
- If it is really available for the price mentioned, it represents a good option value wise. Sure, I would immediately upgrade the RAM to 16GB, and add a second SSD eventually, but regardless, for the price, considering its size and screen, it is a good option (and build quality is not “slightly flimsy”: it is a cr*p touchpad, and a pain (I hate clickpads anyway, with a passion), but if the chassis is solid, the keyboard does not bend, and the screen is stable, I don’t think it deserves that moniker)