Corsair’s First Gaming Laptop Has a Touch Bar for Gaming

Corsair Voyager a1600

Corsair Voyager a1600
Picture, Corsair

Corsair is finest recognized for its premium desktops and equipment, particularly gaming headsets, keyboards, and displays, however now the {hardware} maker is stepping into laptops, and it is setting itself aside by choosing a gaming contact bar,

Revealed at Computex at the moment, the Corsair Voyager a1600 is a 16-inch gaming laptop computer operating totally on AMD parts. However what stands out once you take a look at the design is Corsair’s model of the MacBook Contact Bar, which is a row of ten easy-access, customizable capacitive shortcut buttons (known as S keys), These reside not on the highest keyboard row however as a separate panel that is built-in into the hinge above the keyboard.

Corsair Voyager a1600

Corsair Voyager a1600
Picture, Corsair

Images supplied by Corsair present these buttons cut up into two teams of 5 on either side of the panel. Outlined by enticing stylized brackets, every S key is a unique shade, augmenting the RGB keyboard under with a rainbow of hues. They appear nice, however what is the profit? Oddly, Corsair did not specify. Nevertheless, provided that they run on Elgato Steam Deck software program, they’re in all probability finest used for controlling reside streams or setting hotkeys on sure apps. The panel strip, by the way in which, additionally exhibits remaining battery life.

We might additionally assume you might use these as macro keys for in-game actionswith the reveal video for the laptop computer straight up calling the panel strip a macro bar, though Corsair hasn’t specified any built-in macro performance.

Earlier than you slam Corsair for adopting Apple’s controversial Contact Bar characteristic, the Voyager a1600’s model does not change the keyboard shortcut row, however relatively exists alongside it. The Corsair is not forcing you to make use of these capacitive buttons—they’re merely there if you happen to want them.

Corsair Voyager a1600

Corsair Voyager a1600
Picture, Corsair

Ignore these S-key buttons, and the Voyager is a premium gaming laptop computer with highly effective specs and a excessive price ticket to match. Video games are displayed on a 16-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel (QHD+) IPS show with a 240Hz refresh price and help for AMD FreeSync Premium expertise.

Configs can be found in highly effective and much more highly effective, with both Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS processors. Whichever you select, it will be paired with a Radeon RX 6800M GPU.

Go for the decrease tier and it will include 32GB of Corsair’s DDR5 RAM (2×16) whereas the Ryzen 9 mannequin is paired with a beneficiant 64GB of DDR5 reminiscence. The high-end mannequin additionally doubles the entry-level’s 1TB of storage to a 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD.

Corsair Voyager a1600

Corsair Voyager a1600
Picture, Corsair

The Voyager has an easy blacked out design with easy Corsair branding on the lid. On the deck is a full-size Cherry MX low-profile mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting. Up prime is a 1080p webcam with a bodily shutter to dam the lens once you’re completed streaming.

At 14 x 11.29 x 0.78 inches and 5.29 kilos, the Voyager is comparatively moveable for the efficiency it brings. It will not be your first option to carry on a world flight but it surely should not be an excessive amount of of a trouble hauling round your homes or taking it to a restaurant. You additionally get a wide selection of ports, together with two Thunderbolt 3 USB4 ports, a USB 3.2 Kind-C, a USB 3.2 Kind-A, an SDXC 7.0 card reader, and a headphone jack. Trendy connectivity help will get you Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E.

Corsair will announce availability later this yr. After they arrive, the Ryzen 7 model will value $2,699 whereas the Ryzen 9 SKU will go for $2,999.

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