Corsair’s first gaming laptop includes Elgato Stream Deck technology in its touch bar

PC accessories maker Corsair has unveiled its first laptop, the 16-inch Voyager AMD Advantage Edition, unabashedly designed for gamers and streamers. It’s an all-AMD affair, packing both Ryzen 6000-series processors and an AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU. It appears to be one of the first fruits of gaming PC maker Origin’s 2019 purchase.

The highlight is a 10-button LCD macro bar above the keyboard, powered by Elgato, that allows streamers to customize controls with the Stream Deck software. At the same time, you don’t have a MacBook Pro touchbar situation where the function keys have been replaced, because that’s the case too. And because of the laptop’s unusual clamshell design, you can access the macro bar even when the laptop is closed.

Corsair's first laptop features an Elgato Stream Deck-powered touch bar

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You can customize the buttons for various live streaming controls such as B. Change scenes, adjust audio and load videos or photos. That way you could presumably control streaming from your laptop, and the buttons could also be used with video conferencing apps like Zoom.

The 16-inch 2560 x 1600 240Hz (16:10) display looks ideal for gaming with a good mix of resolution and speed. Other features for gamers and streamers include a full-size keyboard with ultra-low profile Cherry MX mechanical switches (coupled with a membrane for half-height keys) and a 1080p30 webcam with a physical shutter for privacy.

Corsair's first laptop features an Elgato Stream Deck-powered touch bar

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Corsair offers two versions with either a Ryzen 7 6800HS or a Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, and a Radeon RX 6800M GPU for both. Both versions come with 32GB DDR5 RAM and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD in the Ryzen 7 version, as well as 64GB DDR RAM and a 2TB PCIe 4.0 -M.2 NVMe SSD well equipped for gaming or creative work the Ryzen 9 model. Both include a pair of Thunderbolt 3-capable USB 4.0 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port and a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, as well as an SDXC 7.0 card reader, a 3.5mm combo audio jack, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 .

The design is certainly different from other gaming laptops but looks slim with a tapered 19.9mm design and a thin display area. It weighs 2.4 kg (5.3 pounds), which is slightly heavier than the 16-inch HP Omen 16 gaming laptop (5.03 pounds). The bottom bezel is pretty chunky, likely accommodating the extra real estate needed for the touch bar.

With the Voyager AMD Advantage Edition, Corsair seems to be taking on Razer in the enthusiast gaming segment. Corsair’s press release shows prices of $2,700 and $3,000 for the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 models, respectively, although the company also said that “availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.”

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