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HP brings the 2022 OMEN 16 to Singapore and introduces Victus 16 mainstream gaming laptops

By Zachary Chan - on 5 Oct 2022, 11:38pm

Omen and Victus

2022 OMEN 16. Image: HP

HP has just released its 2022 Omen 16 gaming laptop, which features design improvements for better thermal management as well as updated processor and graphics options. Compared to the 2021 model, this year’s OMEN 16 will still be AMD-powered, but with a processor bump from the Ryzen 5000 series to Ryzen 6000 series (up to the Ryzen 9 6900HX), and 32GB DDR5-4800 memory (from DDR4-3200 before). Graphics options max out with a fairly powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or an AMD Radeon RX 6650M. Either way, you'll be glad to know the notebook is rather thin and sleek and isn't chunky. Omen 16 Other features seem to have stayed the same as last year’s model: a 16.1-inch 165Hz QHD IPS display with a 3ms response time, up to 2TB PCIe Gen4x4 SSD and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

HP claims the 2022 Omen 16 to be their “most thermally advanced gaming laptop ever”, with an addition of a fifth heat pipe and an extra outflow vent. Software-wise, the OMEN Gaming Hub with OMEN Dynamic Power feature is able to optimise power delivery to CPU and GPU to improve performance in-game based on real-time activity.

Victus 16 Performance Blue. Image: HP

Besides the OMEN 16, HP also introduced the Victus 16, which is the little brother to the Omen and HP’s new mainstream gaming laptop line. At first glance, the Victus 16 is actually very similarly specced to the Omen 16, but to differentiate the two models, HP has capped the configuration of the Victus to keep its price down as well as maintain the performance advantage of the Omen series. Design-wise, the Victus 16 is also more angular and less polished than the flagship Omen, despite both laptops sporting a similar 16-inch chassis.

Victus 16 Performance Blue Cover. Image: HP

The Victus 16 seems to be more flexible in terms of configuration though, with both Intel 12th Gen Core and AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors to choose from (up to an Core i7-12700H or Ryzen 7 6800H), as well as AMD and NVIDIA graphics options (up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 5500M). Unlike the 165Hz QHD display on the Omen 16, the Victus 16 will max out with a 144Hz FHD display. It will also have a 'slightly inferior' thermal solution with four heatpipes (vs five on the Omen 16). 

The 2022 Omen 16 retails at S$3,299 (Ryzen 7 6800H/GeForce RTX 3070 Ti/32GB RAM/1TB SSD), while Victus 16 models start from S$1,899 (Ryzen 7 6800H/NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050/16GB RAM/512GB SSD). However, HP is having a gaming promo for the entire month of October with up to S$300 off selected OMEN 16 and Victus 16 models, plus additional free gifts here.

Interested to know how it fares in our review? Stay tuned for our assessment.

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