Corsair Voyager a1600: a gaming and streaming laptop

Best known for its components and accessories, Corsair has just introduced the Voyager a1600, its first laptop designed for gaming but also for streaming. An original model that also relies on power.

Enthusiastic custom PCs and especially gamers are familiar with Corsair. The American manufacturer, which is also established in Europe and Asia, has been offering numerous accessories and components for computers (housings, power supplies, RAM modules, SSD storage, mice, keyboards, headsets, cooling systems, gaming) for 25 years. chairs etc.) known for their quality. Enough, in principle, to satisfy a demanding audience in a very popular market. But the device maker, which seems to want to go further, surprised people at Computex 2022, the major computer fair taking place from May 24-27 in Taiwan, by unveiling its first-ever portable PC: the Voyager a1600. And to stand out from the plethora of manufacturers that have been installed for a long time, Corsair has decided to bet on the difference and create a model designed for both gaming and streaming.

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In fact, the Voyager a1600 surprises with its design and especially with its presence; a row of buttons on the screen hinge that remains visible and accessible even when the case is closed. However, this row of keys, which is reminiscent of the famous touch bar of certain MacBooks, is not intended to replace conventional function keys: called S-Keys and accompanied by a battery status indicator, its ten keys are actually intended for streaming functions. With good reason, they are controlled by the software of the Stream Deck by Elgato – a Corsair brand – a touch interface very popular with streamers that acts as a remote control, allowing special actions to be launched directly and quickly during a broadcast ( mute the microphone, turn on the lights, post on social media, etc.). However, the S keys are not limited to this very specific use, since it is possible to configure them to be associated with functions selected in all types of software (e.g. for creating graphics, audio or video).

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Otherwise, Corsair hasn’t skimped on the equipment and the Voyager a1600 seems ready for demanding and intensive use, especially for demanding games. It is equipped with a powerful AMD Rtzen processor (Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS, your choice) coupled to a powerful graphics circuit also signed by AMD (a Radeon RX 6800M GPU), all from 32 or 64 GB of RAM (type DDR5) and 1 to 2 TB of SSD storage (in PCIe 4 NVMe) are supported. The display is based on a 16-inch LCD screen in 16:10 format with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz, perfect for action games. On the control side, in addition to a large touchpad, the Voyager features a mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting and ultra-low profile Cherry MX microswitches (a technology very popular with “hard-core” gamers). And everything is confirmation: we find a Full HD camera (1080p) with a mechanical cover, three USB-C ports (2xUSB 4.0 Thunderbolt 3 + 1xUSB 3.2 Gen 2), a USB-A port, an SDXC card reader , a 3.5 mm jack output, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E and a 99 Wh battery (unspecified autonomy), the whole weighs “only” 2.4 kg, which remains reasonable in this genre format.

So on paper, the e Voyager a1600 combines many assets to seduce gamers, streamers and even creatives. The prices remain. This first Corsair laptop will be available in June in two configurations: around $2700 for the AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD model, and around $3000 for the Ryzen 9 CPU version with 64 GB memory and a 2 TB SSD, prices for France not yet known.

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