Corsair’s first gaming laptop has a surprise in store

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Corsair has announced a new gaming laptop at Computex, marking the company’s first foray into the notebook market.

Corsair’s Voyager a1600 AMD Advantage Edition is powered by all-Team Red hardware, as the name suggests, with Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs and Radeon RX 6800M graphics.

The Voyager a1600 is aimed at gamers, streamers, and content creators, and comes in two models, the more affordable of which features an AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS processor, 32GB of Corsair DDR5 system RAM, and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.

The difference between the two models is that the higher-tier model has a Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB PCIe SSD. Otherwise, these Voyager models are identical, with both featuring an AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU and a 16-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. (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 allowing the processor full access to GPU memory – basically, AMD’s version of Resizable Bar).

Corsair is also emphasising the effectiveness of the cooling system used in the Voyager, which is an advanced spin on a vapour chamber design, which appears to be a key factor in the system’s performance.

Elgato (a company that specialises in streaming and capture technology and is owned by Corsair) provides its Stream Deck software, which is tied in with 10 customizable shortcut buttons in a touch panel above the keyboard to allow streamers to easily invoke whatever they need with a single tap. A 1080p’streaming grade’ webcam and directional 4-mic array are also included.

We don’t know when the Corsair Voyager a1600 will be available, but we do know how much the two models will cost in the US: $2,700 (approximately £2,150, AU$3,800) and $3,000 (approximately £2,400, AU$4,200) for the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9-powered versions, respectively.

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