HP Victus 16 (d0206nf) review: an ideal gaming laptop to play in Full HD

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Construction

The chassis of the Victus 16 plays soberly with a matte black coating, a shiny V-logo on the bonnet and a Victus screen print at the bottom. Just above the left ventilation is an inscription reminiscent of Victus being an integral part of HP. The coating, although matte, has the annoying tendency to attract fingerprints and feel quite easily.

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Opening the screen reveals a white backlit keyboard. So no RGB. We will remember, located between the screen and the keyboard, the presence of a bar with interwoven Vs. It is not the speakers that are hidden underneath, but air intakes for ventilation.

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The keyboard is comfortable to use. The key journey is long enough and the entry provides satisfactory feedback. A diamond key opens the Omen app directly, but there is no shortcut to changing power profiles on the go.

The touchpad, on the other hand, suffers from a small play on the surface. We thought at first use that it had haptic feedback, but that is far from the case. The simple touch of the touchpad causes a clicking sound, so we no longer know when to perform an action or not. To make matters worse, the chassis suffers from a lack of rigidity at the top right around the touchpad.

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The connectors are mainly grouped on the left side of the PC with an RJ45 port, an HDMI, a USB-A, a USB-C (DP and Power Delivery compatible), a connector and an SD reader. Two USB ports (5 Gb / s) complete this rich connection to the right of the case.

Wireless connection is trusted to the Intel AX201 chip, which offers wifi 6 at 2400 Mb / s and Bluetooth 5.2. The 720p webcam delivers just acceptable images with optimal exposure, while the images in the dark are completely noisy. It’s also not compatible with Windows Hello to unlock the session, and it’s not the absence of a fingerprint reader that solves things.





The cooling consists of two fans and three heating pipes. Three radiators disperse the calories behind the screen and on the right side of the chassis.

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Thermal imaging reveals that heat not only escapes behind the screen, but also in front. Thus, we noted 49.9 ° C on the screen above the keyboard. The ZQSD keys are spared as they are located above a fan while the arrow keys reach 42 ° C on the piano.

The noise level of Victus 16 is 48 dB in Performance mode, 46 dB in Normal mode and 35.6 dB in Silent mode. The device is perfect in the average laptop game. Note that fans of Victus 16 by default do not stop at office use or viewing content. In quiet surroundings a slight hum is heard. You need to enter the PC BIOS to stop the fans. We have seen simpler; an option in the computer management tool would have been welcome.

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To access the components, remove the eight Phillips screws and then gently loosen the shell: a rather difficult task, and those who are less careful risk damaging the shell. Inside, RAM, SSD and battery are easily accessible. Those who need space will be pleased that another M.2 port is available and ready to receive their SSD. Small flat for the wifi card: even though it is removable, it is stuck under the cooling system, its possible replacement will therefore be an opportunity for a good cleaning and renewal of the thermal paste.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Performance

We tested the Victus 16-d0206nf equipped with an Intel Core i5-11400H processor with 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a GeForce RTX 3060 from Nvidia. In practice, the processor equipped with six hyper-wired cores retains its 3.37 GHz frequency on video coding and occasionally reaches 4.1 GHz frequencies.

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Victus 16 and its Core i5-11400H thus achieve an index of 108 that respects the hierarchy by naturally placing itself below the Ryzen 7 and other Core i7s, but as we will see, this is more than enough to play. A word about the SSD aboard the Victus 16: the latter reaches 6.5 GB / s in read and 3.9 GB / s in writing. We did not notice any decrease in the speed of uploading our video rushes.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Game

HP has chosen to equip its Victus 16-d0206nf with a 95 W GeForce RTX 3060 accompanied by 6 GB of video memory. On paper, this version is ideal for playing the latest games in Full HD under decent conditions.

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Little surprise therefore, since all RTX 3060 laptops game as we tested achieves an index of around 130. RTX 3060 of Victus 16 thus collects an index of 138, which places the device at the top of the basket of laptops equipped with this GPU.

This translates to a frame rate per second with all the details at their maximum in Full HD above 60 fps on our gaming panel. Only exception, Cyberpunk 2077 with an honorable frame rate at 42 fps. Only when raytracing is enabled control and call of duty remain playable – you must then enable DLSS to find one frame rate a little more acceptable. For competitive games such as Valorant Where FortniteVictus 16 and its RTX 3060 should have no trouble reaching the 144 fps that the 144 Hz panel can display.

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Number of frames per second in play. © The Digital

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Screen

A large border is present below the screen.  © The Digital

A large border is present below the screen. © The Digital

Our Victus 16 has a 16.1 “IPS panel that displays 1920 x 1080 pixels with a frequency of 144 Hz. Please note that the manufacturer also offers a Full HD panel at 60 Hz, as well as a QHD panel (2560 x 1440 pixels) at 165 Hz The 144 Hz panel offers far from exemplary color reproduction.We measured a delta E of 6.4, far from the threshold of 3, where drifts become visible.This is accompanied by an acceptable contrast ratio of 1245: 1 and a temperature of 6380K, just below 6500K.

The maximum brightness is 314 cd / m², a sufficient value for indoor games. In addition, the matte panel is particularly effective against reflections with 18.2% of reflected light. Good point on the other hand on the side of reactivity as we measured an afterglow of 9 ms, thus approaching the best screens on laptops (7 ms).



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