HP Victus 15: Ultra-Affordable Gaming Laptop for First-Timers

There are two sorts of funds gaming laptops: Ultralow-cost fashions effectively below $1,000 with entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics and fashions priced between roughly $1,000 and $1,200 outfitted with a low-end GPU from the superior GeForce RTX collection. The HP Victus 15 is solidly within the former class. It prices $800 at Greatest Purchase and may regularly be discovered on sale for as little as $580. It is primarily based on a 15.6-inch, 1080p show with a 144Hz refresh fee and powered by an Intel Core i5-12450H CPU, 8GB of RAM and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics.

I would not pay $800 for a laptop computer with a midrange Core i5 CPU, a meager 8GB of RAM and an getting older GTX 1650 GPU as a result of you possibly can often discover a funds mannequin with a greater CPU, twice the RAM and — most significantly — an RTX 3050, 3050 Ti and even 3060 GPU on sale for lower than $1,000. So, the query turns into, is the Victus 15 an excellent purchase when it is on sale for lower than $600? At that value, it begins to make sense for these simply dipping their toes into the 3D-gaming waters and trying to play older or extra informal video games moderately than rocking the newest AAA titles with ray tracing and different high quality settings dialed up.

Like

  • Ultralow value for gaming laptop computer
  • Speedy 144Hz show
  • First rate battery life

Do not Like

  • Dim show
  • Grainy 720p webcam
  • Keyboard lacks RGB lighting

Sufficient 3D efficiency for some

Our Victus 15 take a look at system (mannequin 15-fa0031dx) has been out there at Greatest Purchase for practically a 12 months and is predicated on an Intel Core i5-12450H CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Launched at the start of final 12 months, the Twelfth-gen Alder Lake CPU is comparatively new. Whereas some high-end, high-priced laptops have been launched with Thirteenth-gen Raptor Lake CPUs, we have but to see a lower-end mannequin primarily based on a mainstream Thirteenth-gen Core i5 or Core i7 chip. The Victus 15’s GPU is one other story. The GTX 1650 was launched practically 4 years in the past and has been surpassed by three generations of GeForce RTX graphics processors.

The one place you may discover the GTX 1650 GPU lately is in not only a funds gaming laptop computer however an entry-level funds gaming laptop computer. You actually cannot drop down a degree with out getting into built-in graphics territory. That stated, this four-year-old GPU is not solely ineffective. Whereas it can wrestle with the newest, most demanding AAA titles, it is greater than able to taking part in most video games at 1080p at medium to excessive settings. 

HP Victus 15 gaming laptop computer

Worth as reviewed $800
Show dimension/decision 15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 144MHz 16:9 show
CPU 2GHz Intel Core i5-12450H
Reminiscence 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM
Graphics 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics
Storage Samsung MZVL2512HCJQ 512GB SSD
Networking Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.3
Working system Home windows 11 Dwelling 21H2

For informal avid gamers trying to mess around with co-op shooters, the Victus 15 is an inexpensive approach to get there. We skilled easy gameplay at 1080p on each CS:GO and Riftbreaker. The laptop computer averaged 105 frames per second on the Riftbreaker GPU benchmark and an much more spectacular 191fps on the CS:GO benchmark. Each checks have been run at 1080p with Excessive settings enabled. It additionally achieved a playable 61fps on the newer and extra demanding Guardians of the Galaxy — additionally at 1080p and Excessive settings. 

On our Shadow of the Tomb Raider take a look at (1080p with Highest settings), nonetheless, it dropped to 46fps. After we dialed again the element settings to Excessive, the Victus 15 averaged 53fps. It was capable of surpass 60fps solely once we dropped the settings to Low, the place it averaged 73fps. (It obtained shut at Medium settings, with a median body fee of 58fps.) 

Gaming laptops hardly ever, if ever, ship lengthy battery life, so all we’re searching for from such a machine is a satisfactory runtime. And the Victus 15 delivers simply that. It lasted for practically 6.5 hours on our demanding streaming video battery-drain take a look at, which positioned it within the high half of the opposite funds gaming laptops we’re utilizing for comparability on this overview. Do not plan on getting wherever close to that when you’re gaming, although. 


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Plastic chassis, dim show

There is definitely a restrict to its 3D efficiency — not a shock with an $800 gaming laptop computer that is regularly on sale for lower than $600. The laptop computer’s design does not overcome its funds value, both. The all-plastic, all-black physique is a bit flimsy however not too cumbersome. It is a hair lower than an inch thick and weighs simply over 5 kilos. The show hinge is not fairly tight sufficient, inflicting the show to wobble on the slightest nudge. Some flex could be felt with the plastic keyboard deck below your fingers if you end up typing and notably when mashing keys throughout a sport. The plastic lid defending the show additionally flexes a bit an excessive amount of for my consolation.

HP Victus 15 gaming laptop at a angle showing the display

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The keyboard feels cramped as a result of HP determined to squeeze in a quantity pad. The keys have snappy response however lack RGB backlighting, a enjoyable characteristic provided on practically each gaming laptop computer. I wasn’t anticipating per-key and even multizone RGB lighting, however the Victus 15 provides neither R nor G nor B — nor some other shade than white. You get the naked minimal of keyboard backlight — one-level white lighting.

HP Victus 15 gaming laptop with keyboard backlighting

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The show provides a crisp, full-HD picture throughout the 15.6-inch panel together with a speedy 144Hz refresh fee however is rated for under 250 nits of brightness. That is typical of funds laptops, however I measured a peak brightness of solely 220 nits. Video games and pictures appeared a bit boring, even at max brightness. The 720p webcam, too, is underwhelming. It produces a grainy, poorly balanced picture in contrast with that of 1080p cams which have rapidly grow to be the norm. 

Inexpensive enjoyable for a primary gaming laptop computer

Do you keep in mind your first automobile? Except you have been born into the 1%, it was seemingly on the extent of a Ford Taurus that would obtain a dent or two with out your dad and mom getting upset. It is also seemingly you recall that dented Taurus fondly. You made nice reminiscences in that automobile, since you and your folks had the flexibility to cruise round with out a mother or father on the wheel. The Victus 15 is that beloved Ford Taurus. It isn’t the sleekest or quickest gaming laptop computer, however it’s a cheap rig that you could afford proper now. You can hold saving for a pricier gaming laptop computer that will ship larger gaming capabilities and extra bells and whistles than the Victus 15, however the Victus 15 will allow you to begin making fond reminiscences on-line with your folks proper now.

The Victus 15 can commonly be discovered on sale at Greatest Purchase for lower than $600. For first-time avid gamers, it is smart at this value. If it is promoting at its full value of $800, nonetheless, then funds gaming laptops within the type of the Acer Nitro 5 or Dell G15 are higher buys. Or you can try this RTX 3050-based Victus 15 mannequin out there instantly from HP that’s commonly discounted. Every value lower than $1,000 (and could be regularly discovered discounted nearer to $800) and have RTX 3050 or RTX 3060 graphics for higher 3D gaming efficiency than the Victus 15 and its getting older GTX 1650 GPU.

The overview course of for laptops, desktops, tablets and different computer-like units consists of two components: efficiency testing below managed circumstances within the CNET Labs and intensive hands-on use by our professional reviewers. This contains evaluating a tool’s aesthetics, ergonomics and options. A remaining overview verdict is a mix of each goal and subjective judgments. 

The listing of benchmarking software program we use modifications over time because the units we take a look at evolve. Crucial core checks we’re presently operating on each appropriate laptop embrace: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely. 

A extra detailed description of every benchmark and the way we use it may be present in our How We Check Computer systems web page. 

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

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Cinebench R23 (multicore)

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3DMark Wild Life Excessive

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Excessive @1920 x 1080)

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On-line streaming battery drain take a look at

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System Configurations

HP Victus 15 Gaming Laptop computer Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 2GHz Intel Core i5-12450H; 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU; 512GB SSD
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58 Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-12500H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU; 512GB SSD
Dell G15 5520 GSeries Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-12500H; 8GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 4GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU; 256GB SSD
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-42 Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon Graphics; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU; 1TB SSD
Dell G16 7620 GSeries Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-127000H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU; 512GB SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 Microsoft Home windows 11 Dwelling; 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 5 6600H with Radeon Graphics; 8GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 4GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU; 256GB SSD

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