What to look forward to: Corsair is joining the competitive world of gaming laptops, and its debut machine looks pretty special. Not only does it come exclusively with Ryzen 6000 series and AMD Radeon RX 6000 series processors, but it also has a row of touchpad-style buttons at the top that are accessible even when the laptop is closed.
Corsair is one of the most popular manufacturers of PC hardware, from memory modules and SSDs to great cases. Gaming laptops were an area it had never ventured into before, but that has changed with the new Corsair Voyager a1600 AMD Advantage Edition.
Corsair built the laptop with AMD and the AMD Advantage Program, which means it will feature “the latest Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics supporting the entire smart technology family” so we can expect SmartAccess Storage to arrive once the Microsoft DirectStorage API arrives.
Specifically, Voyager comes with Ryzen 7 6800HS and Ryzen 9 6900HS variants, both of which work alongside the Radeon 6800M GPU. There’s also 64GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR5 RAM, up to 2TB of storage, and a 16-inch 2560 x 1600 (16:10) display that refreshes at 240Hz. There’s even an advanced compact vapor chamber that Corsair says keeps temperatures down while offering a slimmer profile than traditional cooling setups.
In terms of ports, buyers get two Thunderbolt 3 USB 4.0 ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, one SDXC 7.0 card reader, and an audio jack.
The most interesting element of the laptop is the LCD panel at the top. It has “ten easily accessible customizable S-key shortcuts”. While it may resemble the Touch Bar now removed from the MacBook Pro, Corsair notes that its version doesn’t actually replace the Function Bar. The panel is also available when the laptop is closed, it should have some useful phone-like apps like the ability to see battery life without opening it.
The S-keys are powered by the Elgato Stream Deck software, so the laptop is aimed at mobile streamers. AMD’s Frank Azor called it the first laptop ever designed for a truly mobile streaming solution.
Other features include Cherry MX Ultra-Low Profile key switches, per-key RGB lighting, a built-in receiver that connects to three Corsair wireless peripherals, a 1080p30 webcam with shutter and Camera Hub software, a 99Wh battery, and a massive trackpad. .
The laptop will arrive sometime this July with customizable versions available from Origin. Nothing has been said about the price yet. One site lists the Ryzen 7 6800HS as $2,699.99 and the Ryzen 9 6900HS as $2,999.99, but that may not be accurate.