I have spent hours searching for a gaming notebook that I can recommend to people looking for laptops under $800. I was hoping that the HP Victus 15 would be my choice. It was one of the best options. Most Popular ProductsThis year, it will be.
Takeaway, after I was playing Victus$799.99 forMy Core i5/8GB/512GB/GTX1650 model) over the past few days has not been the slam it was supposed to be. It’s very affordable, and even more so if you can get it on sale. However, the dated GPU in our test sample does not deliver the frame rates I would expect from a modern gaming notebook. The Victus is not a bad laptop, but you should have realistic expectations.
Victus is a minimalistic design. My review unit was almost entirely black with very little backlighting. There is also a simple “V”, on the lid, which, as you may notice in the photos captured fingerprints quickly. It’s more of an office-branded device than a chaotic RGB mess that won’t leave it in the basement. It’s lightweight at 5.06 lbs, which is good for a gaming laptop but not a light one.
Ports include most of the things you will likely need: two USB-A, two USB-C, and one audio jack. An HDMI 2.1 port, Ethernet port, full-size SD reader, and a charging port are all included. Thunderbolt 4 does not exist, which is something to be aware of (although Thunderbolt 4 may not be required at this price point). The touchpad is my only concern about the chassis. It captures fingerprints quickly and has a powerful click.
Ports contain most of what you may require
This laptop is a gaming laptop. Gaming performance is what matters. My results in this area would be considered acceptable for the GTX 1650 indoors. You can certainly play on this thing but I don’t believe the bang-for-your-buck is exceptional.
Lighter titles such as League of Legends And the CS: GO I was able to reach the maximum screen Victus’ 144Hz. Monitor 2 After bumping the graphics to mediocre, I was able to get up there (and still getting a respectable speed of 78fps using the Epic preset).
Victus had more trouble with the heavier fare, so I recommend getting a better GPU if this is something you plan to do. Red Dead Redemption 2 It averaged just 38 fps for the highest preset, and 45 fps in general. CyberpunkThe ride was even more difficult, with an average speed of 39 mph and a maximum speed of 24 mph at the blazing pace. RPG lovers rejoice! The Victus 15 can now be played elden ring I was able to reach 60 fps when I switched to medium at maximum settings.
The battery issue is also a concern. The Intel gaming laptops have a much longer life span. It wasn’t greatThis victory is no exception. Average of 2 hours and 19 mins of regular work usage with around 200 nits brightness, Battery Saver running. You can expect to play less – you have 1 hour 13 minutes. League of Legends You can play on one charge.
Although I understand that not everyone plans to leave their laptops at work for gaming, I believe the two-hour battery life will be the main driver for some users. It might be impossible to watch a full movie without the charger, let alone do a day’s worth of work. A secondary mobile device may not be feasible for price-sensitive buyers. I view battery life as an issue.
The HP Victus 15 laptop is an affordable $800 that can play
The HP Victus 15 is a $800 laptop that can be used for gaming. This alone is enough reason to recommend it to some extent (again). Particularly If you find it for sale
It is worth looking at other options. The Victus 15 with RTX3050 (which we expect will provide a better experience on these AAA titles), MSRPs at $969, but on sale for $697 As of this writing. Acer’s core component Nitro 5This RTX GPU is now available for $899 (just $100 more that my test model), Dell G15The more powerful RTX3050Ti. The point is that if you don’t have the extra $100 or are willing and able to find a good deal, there are plenty of options available that can bring out AAA games.
At the end of the day, this is a budget laptop with low-cost laptop frame rates — and if you’re in a position to do so, you can get more gaming power for more money.
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Accessibility HP Victus 15
- Letter keys measure 0.6 x0.6 inches and have 0.06 inches between. All keys have backlit. Indicators lights are provided for Caps Lock, Power and F11/touchpad keys. F5/microphone keys also have indicator lights. The size of the power button and volume keys is 0.6 x 0.22 inches. The keys are gray and have white text. They require very little force.
- In my testing, the speakers produced an average of 75 decibels.
- The cover can easily be opened with one hand. It can be tilted up to 140 degrees.
- The screen is 15.6 inches in size with a resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels. My test result was 1190 to 1. There is a touch screen.
- The touchpad measures 4.9×1.2 inches and requires constant, dedicated force to press.
- You will need to turn on the device and click on several menus to set it up.
- The Victus does NOT support face or fingerprint login.
- Windows 11 offers a custom access menu.
- Windows 11 has a built in screen reader (Narrator). Third-party screen readers are supported, including Jaws from Freedom Scientific and NVDA from NV Access. You can find a complete list of compatible software here On the Microsoft website.
- Windows 11 supports voice typing (accessed via Windows + H) as well as speech recognition (with toggle Windows+ Ctrl +S).
- Color filters, including grayscale, red green, blue and yellow, can be toggled by Windows + Ctrl+ C. Contrast attributes may be toggled by Alt + Left Shift+Print Screen. You can also choose from standard dark mode or custom colors under Personalization.
- Caption color, size and location can be customized. They will appear at the bottom of the screen.
- The keyboard can be reset by using Microsoft PowerToys. Sticky Keys are supported. An on-screen keyboard can be used.
- The touchpad settings allow you to adjust the size and speed of your pointer and can also reset gestures.
- Windows 11 supports external eye trackers to control the eyes.
- Windows 11 offers the Snap Layout feature. To access it, hover over the Maximize button at any open window.
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