HP’s new Omen and Victus gaming laptops get the latest AMD and Intel CPUs

HP is announcing some very minor innovations for its Omen 16 and Victus 15 gaming laptops. Like so many other models, the new Omen 16 comes with support for the latest Intel 12th generation processors and the option to go with AMD’s Ryzen 6000 H-series CPUs. It also supports up to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti with 150W maximum graphics power, along with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

In terms of dimensions, this year’s Omen 16 is identical to the 2021 model down to the millimeter in thickness, width, depth and height. One notable change, however, is that the trackpad is now slightly wider. Unfortunately, this model still has a 16:9 aspect ratio screen with a large chin near the chassis hinge. And, like last year’s Omen 16, it’s an FHD 60Hz panel by default, but it can be upgraded to a QHD 165Hz display option.

If you opt for an Intel-based machine, the I/O selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports (AMD models do not support Thunderbolt here), in addition to three USB-A ports, one HDMI 2.1 port, one SD card slot, an Ethernet jack, a headphone jack and a power adapter port. The new Omen will ship this summer on HP.com and Best Buy starting at $1,199.99.

HP Victus 15

Like the Omen 16, this year’s Victus 15 has a slightly larger trackpad.
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Like last year, HP’s mid-range Victus 15 gaming laptop is here to deliver a cheaper, lower-performance option for those looking for something more affordable than the Omen. Rather than focusing on external changes (though HP has also increased its trackpad size), the company focused on updating the inside of the Victus 15, with support up to Intel’s Core i7-12700H processor or, oddly enough , the latest generation AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor. While last year’s Victus model could be configured up to Nvidia’s RTX 3060, the 2022 model can only go up to the 3050 Ti, or, if you opt for an AMD processor, it can be equipped with the Radeon RX 6500M graphics card. . HP expects the Victus 15 to launch this summer, starting at $799.99 on HP.com.

I’m not exactly sure why HP felt the need to go loud with such minor changes in both the Omen and Victus ranges. There’s nothing wrong with iterating on hardware, but neither seems to be moving forward in any meaningful or unique way. But we hope to test them out later in the year when they come out to see if they’re worth staying on your radar.