Corsair has announced the launch of its first laptop, the 16-inch Voyager AMD Advantage Edition, which is aimed squarely at gamers and streamers. It’s all AMD, with Ryzen 6000-series CPUs and an AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics card. It looks to be the first fruits of its 2019 acquisition of gaming PC maker Origin.
The standout feature is an Elgato-powered 10-key LCD macro bar above the keyboard that allows broadcasters to modify controls using the Stream Deck software. You also don’t have a MacBook Pro touch bar issue where the function keys have been replaced, because it still has those. You can even use the macro bar when the laptop is closed, thanks to the odd clamshell design.
You’ll be able to modify the keys for switching scenes, changing audio, and loading films or photographs while live streaming. The keys might also be used with video conferencing software like Zoom, allowing you to manage streaming from your laptop.
With a nice balance of quality and speed, the 16-inch 2,560 x 1,600 240Hz display (16:10) appears to be great for gaming. A full-sized keyboard with Cherry MX ultra-low-profile mechanical switches (in combination with membrane for half-height keys) and a 1080p30 camera with a hardware privacy shutter are among the other features geared at gamers and broadcasters.
Corsair offers two models, each with a Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU and a Radeon RX 6800M GPU. All variations are well-equipped for gaming or creative work, with 32GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD on the Ryzen 7 model and 64GB of DDR RAM and a 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD on the Ryzen 9 model. Both contain Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB 4.0 ports, as well as a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, an SDXC 7.0 card reader, 3.5mm combo audio jack, WiFi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.
The design is distinct from other gaming laptops, yet with a 19.9mm tapered design and small display portion, it appears elegant. It weighs 2.4kg (5.3 pounds), making it somewhat heavier than the HP Omen 16 gaming laptop (5.03 pounds). The bottom bezel is thick, presumably to accommodate the touch bar’s additional area requirements.
Corsair looks to be going after Razer in the enthusiast gaming category with the Voyager AMD Advantage Edition. The Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 variants are priced at $2,700 and $3,000, respectively, according to Corsair’s press statement, however, the firm also stated that “availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.”