Corsair manufactures, and . He has too . The Corsair Voyager a1600 is its first gaming laptop and essentially combines all of the company’s product categories into one device. Features from its Elgato streaming hardware and software, component shop RAM and storage, and wireless technology from gaming keyboards, mice, and headsets all appear in the Voyager a1600.
It’s a unique laptop built for gamers, creators and streamers. The AMD-powered Voyager a1600 also has power to spare, which is pretty cool considering it’s only 19.8mm thick and weighs 5.3lbs (2.4kg).
Corsair has four configurations for, with AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS, AMD Radeon 6800M graphics, 16GB DDR5 memory and 1TB NVMe SSD. It runs on Windows 11 Home. For $2,999, it’s packed with a Ryzen 9 6900HS and double the memory and storage of the base model. An additional $50 with each configuration moves the OS up to Windows 11 Pro.
However, the possibilities do not end there. Origin PC, a custom PC maker owned by Corsair, as well. Buy from Origin and the Voyager can be configured to your liking with up to 64GB of RAM, one or two SSDs with different models and capacities to choose from, and you can even have its black lid covered in one of 11 designs. The configuration I’m currently testing combines a Ryzen 7, a Radeon 6800M, 32GB of memory and a speedy 2TB Samsung SSD for (£2,770, AU$4,813), which includes a $65 faux marble lid treatment.
Although we’re still testing what this laptop can do, it still meets AMD’s performance requirements. Fire up the game and discrete graphics take over, screaming over 100fps in our testing of Guardians of the Galaxy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider at high 1440p settings. On CS:GO, according to Corsair, the laptop can reach more than 280 frames per second, allowing you to take full advantage of the display’s 240Hz refresh rate.
Under load and with the fans at full throttle, Voyager stays cool on the left and right sides of the laptop, keeping your hands comfortable while gaming. It gets hot in the middle of the keyboard, especially towards the top. The fans are loud, but that’s what you get with thin and powerful laptops.
The notebook has a large 99Wh battery that lasted 5 hours and 4 minutes in our streaming video battery drain test with the display brightness and headphone volume set to 50%. Although it comes with a 230-watt adapter for gaming power and charging, the Voyager can be charged via USB-C using a 100-watt adapter.
All configurations come with a 240 Hz, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel, 16-inch IPS display. Overall, it’s a good screen, especially if your main concern is a high refresh rate for smooth graphics and easier target tracking when playing 1440p games. However, if you need wide color gamut coverage, it only achieves 75% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3, 69% NTSC and 97% sRGB, and a brightness measured at 359 nits. For those times when you need something brighter with better color reproduction, it has three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support for an external display or three.
The combination of a large 16:10 aspect ratio display and oddly high hinges gives the body an odd look – and unusual dimensions for squeezing into a laptop compartment. The cutout below the display holds the S-Key Macro Bar, a strip of 10 programmable macro keys with a small color display between them. The bar works with Elgato’s Stream Deck software, allowing you to create macro keys with simple drag-and-drop programming for everything from using OBS streaming software to opening an app or website to playing a sound effect or triggering a voice changer.
For the keyboard, Corsair used ultra-low-profile Cherry MX mechanical switches. The clicky switch gives you nice tactile feedback for typing and gaming. Although the keys click, they are not so loud that you disturb anyone around you. And of course there are lights. The keyboard has RGB backlighting for each key, which is fully programmable using the Corsair iCue software.
The smooth touchpad underneath is gigantic. In fact, it’s so big that tapping its top-right corner a few times turns off the right half of the touchpad so you don’t accidentally move your palm cursor while playing. Double tapping in the upper left corner will turn off the pad completely.
However, if you don’t want to use either, the built-in peripheral receiver is compatible with the Corsair Slipstream Wireless. It supports up to three devices at once, so you can connect a mouse, keyboard and gaming headset without having to connect three separate USB receivers. It’s like having the convenience of Bluetooth, but with the low latency and stability of a 2.4GHz wireless receiver.
Software to customize
All the great hardware packed into Voyager wouldn’t be nearly as powerful without some nifty software to go along with it. For example, AMD Radeon Software: Adrenalin Edition has several options to make the most of the CPU and integrated and discrete graphics. Activate AMD SmartShift Max and the laptop will automatically balance performance between components depending on whether you need more power from the GPU or the CPU.
Similarly, SmartShift Eco conserves battery life by using the integrated graphics when the laptop is unplugged and reverting to discrete graphics when connected to the power adapter. There are a few other features you can experiment with to improve performance on battery power or off, reduce input lag, and improve image detail.
Connecting to the Elgato Stream Deck is the Corsair iCue software from Gaming Peripherals. This application is used to change keyboard lighting, assign keys and connect Corsair wireless mice, keyboards and headphones. Then there’s the Elgato Camera Hub, which lets you control the built-in 1080p webcam so you can adjust brightness, saturation, exposure and white balance. Camera image quality is good, a bit noisy but sharp with good detail. (There’s also an IR camera for unlocking the laptop using facial recognition, as well as a sliding shutter to block the camera completely.)
Audio input and output is also fixed. The upward facing speakers that flank the keyboard are supported by Dolby Atmos processing and have a pleasant and clear sound. They’ll be fine for casual listening or conference calls, but for anything else you’ll want external speakers or headphones (). The integrated microphones produced impressive results, so streamers will sound good even without an external microphone.
All of this adds up to a gaming laptop that stands out not only in terms of looks and performance, although the design also stands out from the crowd. It is, of course, an all-in-one portable solution for gamers and streamers. But even if you don’t plan to stream a game or be a creator, the Stream Deck software and assignable macro buttons come in handy for everything from ending a Zoom call to launching Spotify. Plus, it includes a one-year warranty and lifetime 24/7 technical support.
We’ll be back with a full and rated review soon once we’ve finished testing. So far, though, this is a solid first notebook from Corsair, AMD, and Origin PC.
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