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Gamers on a budget now have two more laptops to consider, with the arrival of the HP Omen 16 and Victus 15 laptops.

The Victus, in particular, is designed for gamers who don’t need to play every game on Ultra settings at 300fps. Despite its low price, the Victus is an attractive laptop with some decent components under the hood. Those who need more power can turn to the Omen 16, a renewal of one of the best quality/price options from last year.

Omen and Victus haven’t changed much this year, but with some minor improvements and refreshed components they should be on your radar.

Release date and price of the Omen 16 and Victus 15

The Omen 16 will be available sometime this summer for a starting price of $1,199. Its cheaper sibling, the Victus 15, will also go on sale this summer and will be priced at $799 for the base model.

Omen 16: Powerful specs at a lower(ish) price

The Omen 16 is a pretty straightforward gaming laptop. Aluminum with a clean design, little branding and four-zone RGB keys. Models with Intel technology come in one color Ceramic Whitewhile AMD’s options are Mica Silver. Those who want a more portable option they must look elsewhere; the Omen 16 weighs 2.5kg and has a thickness of 2.29 inches.

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They have a good selection of ports to choose from, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports (or standard USB-C on AMD models), three USB Type-A inputs, an HDMI 2.1, an SD card slot, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, and a headphone/microphone jack.

HP spent a lot of time talking with me about the cooling improvements it introduced in this year’s model. The company added a fifth heat pipe and a fourth vent, resulting in 3% lower GPU temperatures and 14% lower SSD temperatures. This should give you some peace of mind during your long gaming sessions.

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Speaking of which, the Omen comes with options from all the major chipmakers. On the CPU front, you can choose between an AMD Ryzen 9 6800H or Intel Core i7-12700H CPU, while for the GPU you can choose between Nvidia and AMD in the form of the RTX 3070 Ti or Radeon RX 6650M GPU. Any CPU/GPU combination you choose can be paired with up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2 x 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

The 16.1-inch 1440p resolution IPS display has a 165Hz refresh rate with a 16:9 aspect ratio. HP says it goes up to 300 nits, the bare minimum in this price range. There are also two options of 1080p at 144 Hz or 60 Hz.

Victus 15: gaming for less money

The Victus 15 looks like a good laptop economic for gaming, though I’m not convinced a 15-inch version is necessary when there’s already a Victus 16 (assuming the largest model stays in the catalog).

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In any case, this new version has a design Discreet with an attractive V-shaped logo centered on the cap. AgainHP talks about improvements thermals (7% better airflow), promising that Victus will stay cool under heavy workload. The Victus is inspired by the design of the Omen, and it is clear that it follows the same moderate line. While it may not be quite as premium, one advantage the Victus has over the Omen, at least in my opinion, is the beautiful “Performance Blue” color option, which joins Mica Silver and Ceramic White.

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As to their specifications, Victus 15 works with a Intel Core i5-12500H or AMD Radeon RX 6500M CPU and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. You will play at 1080p instead of 4K with the RTX 3050 Ti or the Radeon RX 6500M, but most titles will run well above 60 fps.

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