My mouth dropped open as I opened the Victus 16 packaging. I’m not sure how HP achieved it, but this computer exuded a huge badass. Like many other laptops, the HP Victus 16 has an all-black chassis, yet it still seems like something that belongs in the Batmobile. Furthermore, the HP Victus 16 performed flawlessly in Cyberpunk 2077, but is this the most inexpensive gaming laptop available? Does it fail to lay claim to that throne, though? Let’s compare it to other gaming laptops that fall into the sub-$1K pricing band. This review’s Victus 16 costs only $999. Our precise setup, which has the following specifications, is available at Newegg:
- AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU, 16GB RAM, 8GB VRAM, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU, with 1TB SSD storage
- A 1080p, 16-inch screen
My Favorite Features Of The Victus 16
I raved earlier about the sleek black chassis of the HP Victus 16, and I’ll do it again now. I’m usually bored to tears by black and the silvers and greys that permeate the market, but the laptop looks amazing. Gamers who enjoy simplicity will find the design appealing. Like me, you may not be a huge fan of garish, extravagant laptops that seem like they were taken straight out of Optimus Prime, but you will love its elegant, yet understated exterior. Batman would never, ever choose a flashy, gaudy gaming laptop. To go with his bat suit, batmobile, and Batcave, he would go for something stylish and sophisticated.
A glossy “V” in the middle of the cover gives this an edge, courtesy of HP. The crisp, modern lettering “Victus” is written on the hinge at the back. This laptop seems nice. The tendency for it to gather fingerprints is the sole drawback.