Corsair Voyager a1600 review: Corsair’s first laptop sailed on a flood of performance

Construction

The build quality of the aluminum chassis and the finishes are excellent. We appreciate the thin design of the PC, but don’t expect to be overlooked in its company, the aesthetics playing being a part of it. We noticed that the screen is significantly raised with an open space between it and the chassis which is probably not to everyone’s taste. However, it allows you to take advantage of a higher screen, which is good for the neck, and to show the keys of the integrated Stream Deck when the lid is closed.

Elgato Stream Deck hotkeys are always visible.

Elgato Stream Deck hotkeys are always visible.

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A full line of touch shortcuts can be found above the keyboard to access its favorite effects and features (for example, live broadcast). Everything is clearly configurable in software ad hoc and this integration is very practical for not having to carry a separate Stream Deck. An interesting element that clearly sets the Voyager a1600 apart from the competition, but it’s not the only one.

A mechanical keyboard on a laptop PC is rare.

A mechanical keyboard on a laptop PC is rare.

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The keyboard integrated into the PC is actually a mechanical model, which is very rare in a laptop (although there are a few examples, with Aorus and Alienware in particular). It is adorned with Cherry MX switches very low profile and the keystroke quality is therefore better and faster than standard scissor switches. The keyboard is RGB backlit and the colors and various effects are adjustable key by key in the iCue home software. Also note that the touchpad is huge, which can be handy, but players usually use their mouse or a gamepad. There is also a fingerprint reader to the right of the keyboard.

The iCue software allows you to manage all the lighting on the keyboard.

The iCue software allows you to manage all the lighting on the keyboard.

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Connectivity is pretty much provided by two USB4 ports, a USB-A 3.1 port, a USB-C 3.2 port, an SD card reader and a mini-jack socket. Too bad HDMI isn’t there, like an Ethernet port for an optimal connection, but 6E wifi and Bluetooth 5.2 are there. Corsair has also integrated its Slipstream technology into the PC, allowing the manufacturer’s compatible peripherals to connect without their USB receiver.

Connectivity is extensive, but it lacks an Ethernet port and HDMI.

Connectivity is extensive, but it lacks an Ethernet port and HDMI.

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The webcam is compatible with Windows Hello to unlock the PC with facial recognition. It films in Full HD, which is a good point a priori, but the quality is frankly disappointing, especially on a computer dedicated to creators and live streaming. Of course, experienced users will probably have dedicated hardware, but we lost interest in a portable system, and given the price of a PC, we expected better…

The webcam is really bad, even close to the window.

The webcam is really bad, even close to the window.

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Once the 11 Phillips screws are removed, we discover a replaceable M.2 SSD, which is also possible for the RAM hidden under the black plastics, as well as the battery if necessary.

The SSD, RAM and battery are removable.

The SSD, RAM and battery are removable.

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Because the Voyager is thin, it struggles to dissipate heat as we noticed 47.5°C in the middle of the keyboard throughout gaming. A high temperature (although it is not dangerous) that causes a lot of noise , because we measure 50.4 dB at cyberpunk and 45 dB under CineBench. Silent mode reduces this value to 37.5 dB, still within cyberpunk, but this is obviously at the cost of performance. Ventilation is often triggered, even in office automation when silent mode is not active, which can be disruptive in the long run.

The PC heats up more than usual.

The PC heats up more than usual.

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Performance

For its Voyager a1600, Corsair spared no expense with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS clocked at 3.3 GHz and 4.9 GHz in boost mode, a Radeon RX 6800M graphics card, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and an SSD 2 TB. This enhanced configuration allows for excellent results in applications and in games. Its CPU index of 146 is frankly good and it easily surpasses the Ryzen 7 5800H and the Intel Core i7 11800H, but does not reach the level of the Intel Core i7 12700H or 12900H. The PC can therefore tackle any demanding application task.

Corsair Voyager a1600: Corsair's first laptop sailed on a flood of performance

However, we will underline a big problem: at the time of writing these lines, and when the PC is unplugged, the processor is limited to a frequency of 400 MHz, which is not enough to use the computer in a continuous way, even in the office. We noticed extremely slow startup and untimely slowdowns when browsing or opening applications. Obviously annoying if you just want to use your PC for multimedia or play games on the go. No problems were noted when the computer was plugged into the mains, which in any case is mandatory to take advantage of the highest computing or gaming performance. A priorithis issue is believed to be caused by an AMD driver and we will be testing if a fix can be applied in the next few days.

The M.2 SSD otherwise offers very good speeds with an average of 5.2 GB/s in writing and 7 GB/s in reading.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Games

In the game, the RX 6800 proves it. The PC is among the best in our ranking in this area and is close to the performance of the Asus Scar’s RTX 3070Ti, a thicker PC, let’s remember.

Corsair Voyager a1600: Corsair's first laptop sailed on a flood of performance

Pushed the graphics to the maximum and in Full HD, it reached 102 fps at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla120 fps is on Black Ops Cold Waror even 57 fps at cyberpunk For example. The raytracing obviously has a big impact on performance, but AMD’s FSR technology allows it to compensate.

Corsair Voyager a1600: Corsair's first laptop sailed on a flood of performance

At 2560 x 1600 pixels, it will obviously be more complicated for the GPU, but Assassin’s Creed exceed the recommended 60 fps for excellent fluidity with a specific 68 fps on ultra. To take advantage of the 240 Hz screen – important in FPS – you’ll have to settle for less demanding games, such as Apex, Overwatch where Counter-Strike.

The PC combined with the new Katar Elite and the MM700 RGB mat.

The PC combined with the new Katar Elite and the MM700 RGB mat.

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Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

For a 16-inch computer dedicated to gaming, the Voyager cuts a good figure with 2.4 kg in size and dimensions of 356 x 287 x 20 mm. It is thin enough to fit in a backpack, but it will need to add the 230 W charger which takes up space.

The charger is huge.

The charger is huge.

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Like any PC playing, autonomy is not the Voyager a1600’s strong point which lasted about 5 h 36 min in Netflix video playback through the Chrome browser, brightness set to 200 cd / m², keyboard off, on- plug in headphones and 50% volume . If so, no one can get out of a hold, but this PC is better than some competitors.

Corsair Voyager a1600: Corsair's first laptop sailed on a flood of performance

Strong points

  • Build quality.

  • CPU and graphics card performance.

  • Accurate panel colorimetry.

  • 16:10 screen, 240 Hz and WQHD.

  • Mechanical keyboard.

  • Built-in Stream Deck.

Weak points

  • Not usable on battery (until a fix arrives).

  • Heats up and ventilates a lot.

  • Limited brightness and contrast.

  • No Ethernet or HDMI ports.

Conclusion

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Global score

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

How does the scoring work?

For the first test, Corsair offers a very powerful Voyager a1600 PC with an impressive technical sheet. It has the originality of including a Stream Deck which is obviously to be used for streaming, but not only. Also, the mechanical keyboard is a real plus for fast and efficient typing. The screen shows faithful colors and a high refresh rate, but we regret the webcam of such poor quality, as well as the significant heating and ventilation that are activated too often. At release, Voyager also had performance issues with battery power that a new driver would hopefully fix quickly.

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