a laptop for gaming and streaming

Corsair is best known for its components and accessories, and has just unveiled the Voyager a1600, its first laptop designed for gaming but also for streaming. An original model that also depends on power.

Custom PC enthusiasts, and gamers in particular, know Corsair. For 25 years, this American manufacturer – which is also well established in Europe and Asia – has offered several accessories and components for computers (housings, power supplies, RAM modules, SSD storage devices, mice, keyboards, headsets, cooling systems, gaming chairs, etc. .) known for their quality. Enough to, in principle, satisfy a demanding public in a very popular market. But the equipment maker, which apparently intends to go even further, created a surprise at Computex 2022, the big computer show, which will be held from May 24 to 27 in Taiwan, by presenting its very first laptop: the Voyager a1600. And to stand out from the plethora of manufacturers that have been installed for a long time, Corsair has decided to pursue the difference by developing a model designed for both gaming and streaming.

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In fact, the Voyager a1600 surprises with its design, and in particular with its presence; at the screen hinge, a series of keys that remain visible and accessible even when the case is closed. However, this button bar, reminiscent of the famous touchbar on some MacBooks, is not intended to replace conventional function keys: called S keys and accompanied by a battery level indicator, its ten keys are actually intended for streaming functions. And with good reason, they are controlled by the Stream Deck software from Elgato – a brand belonging to Corsair – a very popular touch interface among streamers that acts as a remote control by allowing special actions to be launched directly and quickly during a broadcast (mute microphone, turn on lights, post on social media, etc.). But the S-keys are not limited to this highly specialized use, as it is possible to configure them to connect them with functions selected in all kinds of software (for example for graphics, audio or video).

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After all, the Corsair has not spared the equipment, and the Voyager a1600 seems ready to rub itself with demanding and intensive use, especially for demanding games. It is equipped with a high-performance AMD Rtzen processor (Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS, your choice), connected to a powerful graphics circuit, also signed AMD (a Radeon RX 6800M GPU), all supported by 32 or 64 GB RAM (DDR5 type) and 1 to 2 TB SSD storage (in PCIe 4 NVMe). The display is based on a 16-inch LCD screen in 16:10 format with a definition of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz, perfectly suited for action games. On the control side, in addition to a large touchpad, Voyager has an RGB backlit mechanical keyboard with ultra-low profile Cherry MX microswitches (a technology very popular among “hard core” players). And all is the approval: 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 3.5mm jack output, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E and a 99 Wh battery (unspecified autonomy), it all weighs “only” 2.4 kg, which remains reasonable in this genre format.

On paper, the e Voyager a1600 thus adapts many assets to appeal to gamers, streamers and even creative people. Prices remain the same. This first Corsair laptop available in June in two configurations: it takes about $ 2,700 for the model with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, and about $ 3,000 for the version with a Ryzen 9 CPU with 64 GB memory and a 2 TB SSD, prices for France are not yet known.

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