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This is an incremental update to HP's Victus 16 2022 review

Wearables

This is an incremental update to HP's Victus 16 2022 review


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 21 Aug, 2022

Last year, HP introduced the Victus laptop series as part of its Omen and Pavilion gaming lineup as a mainstream laptop brand.

Although it features an understated design, unlike most gaming notebooks on the market today, it has the potential to compete with most performance-oriented notebooks in entry-level and mid-tier categories. You should read our review of the Victus 16 powered by Intel's 11th-generation CPUs. 

Compared to last year, HP is still using the same chassis, so little has changed. Mica Silver is a dark gray finish, while the Intel variant has a hint of blue called 'Performance Blue', which is a hint of blue from the company.

It looks like a 15-inch notebook, but weighing 2.48kgs, it is a heavy machine, which is why I wouldn't recommend it for people who want something that is easy to transport.

Just a shiny embossed 'V' logo on the lid and some branding near the hinge indicate the speaker's presence. And although I appreciate the sleek aesthetic, the build quality isn't that impressive.

By removing the panel, you can see the internals of the computer. The bottom has a large section for air intake. Inside, there are two fans and two heat pipes for cooling the CPU and GPU. As well as access to the two memory DIMM slots, one of which is vacant, you can upgrade if necessary in the future.

To keep the temperatures cool, the existing SSD comes with a copper heat-sink on top, and the laptop comes with two M.2 slots for storage. I definitely think that's a good sign from HP, and they deserve huge accolades.

This 16-inch display has a full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and supports 144Hz refresh rates. Although it seems somewhat dull, it’s rated at 250 nits. HP only lists 45 percent coverage of NTSC, but since the panel is the same as last year, you can expect 65 percent sRGB coverage and about 50 percent Adobe RGB coverage, meaning it’s not that vibrant, but it’s not bad either.

However, this display is not suitable for creative tasks such as a photo or video editing, which require an accurate representation of colors. 

As with last year's keyboard, the layout is similar, with five rows of regular-sized keys surrounded by a slim row of function keys on top. The keyboard is spread out nicely on the deck and has a dedicated number pad.

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