Elgato Stream Deck software users get a specialised touch panel.
Corsair has debuted a new gaming laptop at Computex, marking the company’s first foray into the notebook market.
As you might assume given the name, Corsair’s Voyager a1600 AMD Advantage Edition operates on all-Team Red gear, with Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs and Radeon RX 6800M graphics.
The Voyager a1600 is available in two configurations, one with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS CPU, 32GB of Corsair DDR5 system RAM, and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD and the other with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS processor, 32GB of Corsair DDR5 system RAM, and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.
The difference with the higher-tier model is that it has a Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB PCIe SSD. Other than that, these Voyager variants are identical, having an AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU and a 16-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (and a 240Hz refresh rate, with AMD FreeSync on-board).
As an all-AMD system, you get the benefit of several of Team Red’s synergistic technologies, such as SmartShift MAX (which intelligently redistributes power between the CPU and GPU as needed) and Smart Access Memory (or SAM, which boosts frame rates by giving the processor full access to GPU memory – basically, AMD’s version of Resizable Bar).
Elgato (a company that specialises in streaming and capturing technology and is owned by Corsair) provides its Stream Deck software, which is connected in with 10 programmable shortcut buttons in a touch panel above the keyboard, allowing streamers to easily invoke whatever they need with a single tap. A 1080p’streaming grade’ webcam and a directional 4-mic array are also included.
A gaming keyboard is what you’d expect, and you’ll get one: a full-size affair with Cherry MX Ultra-Low Profile mechanical switches and RGB lights. Also worth mentioning is the gap at the bottom of the laptop lid, which allows the touch buttons to be seen even when the notebook is closed (and gives the Voyager its name).
We don’t know when the Corsair Voyager a1600 will be available, but we do know how much the two separate variants will cost in the US: $2,700 (approximately £2,150, AU$3,800) for the Ryzen 7-powered version and $3,000 (about £2,400, AU$4,200) for the Ryzen 9-powered version.
Analysis: A unique offering, albeit one that is quite specialised
Corsair’s entry in the gaming laptop arena is intriguing, relying on AMD’s synergy with SAM – and possibly AMD’s smart storage tech, as was previously reported but not stated at this event – and offering something different for streams.
There is certainly a nice bonus in terms of streaming software and an integrated touch panel (which also sports a central display that can, for example, show your remaining battery charge). Of course, most streamers will prefer to work at a desk, and therefore on a desktop PC, but there’s nothing wrong with different possibilities on the table (or on the lap, perhaps – or perhaps not).
The Voyager isn’t a cheap laptop, but it crams a lot of power into a relatively thin and light (2.4kg) gaming notebook with some innovative new features.