[In-Depth Comparison] HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) vs HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) – HP are levelling up in 2022

HP did some reshuffling of their gaming laptops, sacking the Pavilion Gaming lineup in favor of its Victus series, which offers both 15 and 16-inch devices. The Victus laptops have been decent, with last year’s offers having not only powerful hardware but also a good 16.1-inch display with good color coverage.

However, we’re not here to speak about last year’s laptops, as HP has upgraded both its Victus and Omen laptops with Alder Lake for 2022. Today we’re here to compare the bigger boys of the group, with the VIctus 16 (16-d1000) and Omen 16 (16-k0000). Looking purely at specs, the Omen has a decent lead with more powerful graphics, as HP totally went over their 2021 slump and increased the power limits of all GPUs that the Omen laptops offer.

Without further ado, today we have an in-depth comparison between the HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) and the HP Omen 16 (16-k0000).

HP Victus 16 (16-d1000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

HP Omen 16 (16-k0000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) configurations:

HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) configurations:

Contents


Design and construction

The Victus 16 comes with an entirely plastic chassis. It has a matte finish, which attracts fingerprints. The design is quite minimal, giving off some business vibes. The laptop is painted in a dark grey color, but a white finish is also available, which looks very good. In terms of durability, the lid is bendy, while the base shows flex as well, resulting in some noises and pops when you apply pressure to it. It’s not the lightest device, as it weighs 2.40 kg and has a profile of 23.5 mm.

Moving to the Omen 16, we see a plastic lid and an aluminum base. It’s usually the other way around, but still, we’ll take an aluminum infusion where we can. The lid shows some flex, but the base is quite rigid. It also has a stealthier look, with minimalistic heat vents. It has a similar weight of 2.41 kg and a profile of 23 mm. Both laptops have an identifiable element on their lid, with a huge V on the Victus 16, and a black emerald on the Omen 16, which was in a turquoise color last year. Both laptops have lids that can be opened with one hand, but both also bounce a bit when you move the device.


Keyboard and touchpad

The Victus 16 offers a full-sized keyboard with a NumPad, while the Omen 16 lacks one. Both laptops also have a grill above the keyboard that’s solely used for cooling. Both setups offer long key travel and clicky feedback, while the Omen 16 has the space to bring some huge arrow keys. The touchpads are very similar, offering amazing responsiveness. With that said, the surface of the Victus was a tad smoother.


Ports

The Victus 16’s I/O covers a lot of ground, with three USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, one USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a LAN port, an HDMI 2.1 port, an audio jack, and an SD card reader.

The Omen 16 also has three UBS Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, while sharing the HDMI 2.1 connection as well. You also get a LAN port, an audio jack, and an SD card reader. Where it differs from the Victus is with its two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back.


Spec sheet


Disassembly, upgrade options

Both laptops are held together by 8 Phillips-head screws. They both offer two SODIMM slots, which support DDR5 memory, with up to 64GB of it. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 slots for Gen 4 drives.


Display quality

The Victus 16 has three 16.1-inch display options. Two of them have a FHD resolution and either a 60Hz or a 144Hz refresh rate. The last panel has a QHD resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. The FHD displays come in two versions with either 250 or 300 nits of brightness, with the brighter models getting 100% sRGB coverage. The QHD display also fully covers the sRGB gamut. The Omen 16 brings the same display options, however, the 165Hz panel here comes with G-Sync support. On both laptops, we tested the FHD 144Hz option, with a pixel density of 137 PPI, a pitch of 0.19 x 0.19 mm, and a Retina distance of 64 cm.

The viewing angles are excellent, as you can see in the reference images below.

Despite the 250 nit limit that the Victus 16’s panel has on paper, it goes as high as 317 nits in the middle of the screen and 303 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 10%, when we tested it. The contrast ratio is decent, at 1050:1.

The Omen 16 gets a lot brighter, with 408 nits in the middle of the screen and 392 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 6% and a 1060:1 contrast ratio.


Color coverage

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows the color coverage of both the HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) and the Omen 16 (16-k0000). The Victus 16 covers 50% of the sRGB gamut, while the Omen 16 has 100% sRGB coverage.


Color accuracy

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results in factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can check the results from the test of both laptops, with both the factory settings (left) and with our “Design and Gaming” profile applied (right).

The Omen 16’s display is quite accurate from the factory, with a dE value of 1.9. With our Design and gaming profile, it does down even further to 0.8.

HP Victus 16 (16-d0000)

HP Omen 16 (16-k0000)


Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

The HP Omen 16 (16-k0000)’s panel has a significantly faster response time, with a Fall + Rise time of 9.5 ms.


Health impact – PWM / Blue light

PWM – Screen flickering

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Both laptops show no PWM usage across all brightness levels.


Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

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Sound

Both HP devices come with bottom-firing speakers, with grills on the left and right sides. In terms of quality, both setups produce sound with no deviations across the entire frequency range, but the Omen 16’s Bang & Olufsen setup is louder.


Battery

Despite carrying the smaller 70Wh battery pack, instead of the 83Wh unit inside the Omen 16, the Victus laptop lasts for 3 hours and 6 minutes more in web browsing and 2 hours and 52 minutes of video playback. These results were accomplished using the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.


Performance

Both laptops carry the Alder lake H-series, but the Victus 16 maxes out at the Core i7-12700H, while the Omen 16 offers the Core i9-12900H. Both also use the RTX 30-series graphics, but the Omen 16 has more options on the high end, with up to an RTX 3070 Ti.

CPU benchmarks

Here we tested the Core i7-12700H and the Core i5-12500H. The Core i7 is obviously the more powerful CPU, with two extra performance cores. It scores 10% higher in 3D Rendering with Cnebench 20 and finishes the Photoshop benchmark first, with a lead of 0.4 seconds.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


GPU benchmarks

Here we tested the RTX 3060 inside both laptops, however, the Omen device has quite the advantage, with 40W extra wattage. Thanks to it, the Omen scores 9% and 12% higher in 3DMark Fire Strike and Unigine Superposition.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests

Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) – RTX 3060 (100W) 137 fps 66 fps 32 fps
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) – RTX 3060 (140W) 154 fps (+12%) 75 fps (+14%) 36 fps (+13%)

Borderlands 3 Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) – RTX 3060 (100W) 115 fps 87 fps 68 fps
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) – RTX 3060 (140W) 131 fps (+14%) 96 fps (+10%) 74 fps (+9%)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) – RTX 3060 (100W) 100 fps 87 fps 57 fps
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) – RTX 3060 (140W) 110 fps (+10%) 95 fps (+9%) 62 fps (+9%)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) – RTX 3060 (100W) 118 fps 111 fps 73 fps
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) – RTX 3060 (140W) 133 fps (+13%) 125 fps (+13%) 82 fps (+12%)

Temperatures and comfort

The cooling setups on the Victus and the Omen laptops look really similar. The Victus 16 has three heat pipes, with two shared between the CPU and GPU and one more for the graphics. The Omen 16 evens things out by introducing a fourth heat pipe for the processor.


Max CPU load

Intel Core i7-12700H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) 3.72 GHz @ 2.85 GHz @ 76°C @ 115W 3.33 GHz @ 2.58 GHz @ 78°C @ 96W 2.37 GHz @ 1.89 GHz @ 65°C @ 45W

The Victus does fairly well in the stress test, showing very high wattage and clock speeds at the beginning of the test, while maintaining a consistent speed in the later stages, running at the base 45W TDP. Since the temperature is so low in the end, we think there’s more performance to extract from the Core i7.

Intel Core i5-12500H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) 3.96 GHz @ 3.03 GHz @ 77°C @ 95W 2.80 GHz @ 2.28 GHz @ 63°C @ 51W 3.71 GHz @ 2.87 GHz @ 79°C @ 80W

The Omen 16 stumbles in the 15-to-30-second mark, lowering the clock speed and wattage but coming back strong, with a consistent 3.71 GHz on the P-cores.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) Max Fans
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) 1535 MHz @ 75°C @ 100W 1536 MHz @ 76°C @ 100W
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) 1833 MHz @ 79°C @ 140W 1825 MHz @ 82°C @ 139W

The extra 40W really does add up to a lot higher speeds, as the Omen 16 gets an extra 300 MHz increase. All of this was happening while the graphics didn’t really heat up that much, with a difference of around 4°C to 6°C.

Gaming comfort

When using the Performance fan preset, the laptops do get quite loud, however, temperatures on the base were low, so with a pair of headphones, you can have an excellent experience.


Verdict

As much as the two laptops are similar, you can see that HP has put more attention on the Omen 16, equipping it with better materials and more power. However, this comes at an increased cost, so there’s definitely praise to be said about it.

The Omen is a bit more durable, thanks to the aluminum base, while both laptops have similar weight and thickness. Typing is fantastic on both, as the keys have long key travel and clicky feedback. The Victus does bring a NumPad, while the Omen is more gaming oriented, using the space for larger Arrow keys.

Along with having some of its I/O on the back, the Omen laptop also has better ports and Thunderbolt 4 support. Upgradeability is great on both, with both RAM and SSD slots. The Omen brings a better display with higher brightness and higher color coverage. The laptop also has great accuracy out of the box, albeit we were able to get it even more accurate with our Design and Gaming profile. The Omen device also carries better speakers with louder volume.

Where we see a lead for the Victus is with the battery life, squeezing an extra 3 hours on average in both the web browsing and video playback tests. Thanks to its higher-TGP graphics, the Omen 16 gets higher scores in both games and benchmarks. This is despite running at similar temperatures, making it the better option if you’re looking for the maximum possible performance. The only saving grace for the Victus can be the lower price tag, as it’s clearly a replacement for the Pavilion Gaming series, with a more minimalistic aesthetic. For its money, it’s a good machine, as it still has access to powerful hardware. At 100W, the RTX 3060 still does quite well, delivering good framerates.

Ultimately, the two laptops are teaming up to take the fight to Lenovo and its IdeaPad Gaming and Legion series, so to see them both improve is a big win for the market as a whole.


Why choose the HP Victus 16 (16-d1000)?

  • Longer battery life
  • Should be more affordable


Why choose the HP Omen 16 (16-k0000)?

  • Better build quality
  • More powerful GPU
  • Better populated I/O
  • Display with higher color coverage

HP Victus 16 (16-d1000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

HP Omen 16 (16-k0000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

All HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) configurations:


All HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) configurations:

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