Corsair Voyager a1600: Display, Design and More
- 1.1 Pros
- 1.2 Cons
- 1.3 Design of the Corsair Voyager a1600
- 1.4 Productivity Performance on the Corsair Voyager a1600
- 1.5 The keypad and Trackpad
- 1.6 Screen and Sound
- 1.7 Performance
- 1.8 Battery life
- 1.9 Gaming and Graphics on the Corsair Voyager a1600
Corsair is a company that everyone has heard of. Corsair has a pretty good reputation as one of the best PC companies for PC enthusiasts around the world. What started with memory sticks and SSDs a long time ago has grown into something really impressive to look at. Corsair now makes mice, keyboards, CPU coolers, fans, and all kinds of other PC accessories. It also has a number of sister brands, such as Origin and Elgato. I really don’t think any other brand can compare to what Corsair Voyager a1600 has to offer, and the fact that I’m here today just proves that. That’s because Corsair now makes laptops. The Voyager A1600 is Corsair’s first laptop project.
Corsair Voyager a1600 Specifications
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12GB GDDR6), AMD Radeon 680M integrated graphics|
|Storage||2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Display||16-inch, 2560×1600, 240 Hz, 16:10|
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
|Weight||5.3 pounds (2.4 kg)|
- Aluminum-alloy chassis that looks good and is high-quality
- Storage that works well
- full of clever gaming and streaming features.
- A mechanical keyboard
- Speakers are a letdown.
- Average battery life
Design of the Corsair Voyager a1600
The Corsair Voyager a1600 has a pretty big footprint because it has a 16-inch screen. Its screen is a bit higher than other laptops in its class so the S-Key macro bar can be seen and used. We’ll talk more about the S-Key Macro Bar later in this review. The 16:10 aspect ratio also gives you a little bit more vertical space, though this may be more useful for work than for games.
Productivity Performance on the Corsair Voyager a1600
The Corsair Voyager a1600 was made by Corsair and ha35 watts.s an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU. We’ve already tested this CPU in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. It has 8 cores and 16 threads and uses 35W. (3.3 GHz base clock, 4.9 GHz maximum boost clock). It had the worst score for a single core, but its performance with multiple cores was third-best. Overall, the Voyager A1600 (1,623/10,004) did about the same as the ROG Zephyrus G14.
The keypad and Trackpad
The Cherry MX Ultra-Low Profile (ULP) switches on the Corsair Voyager a1600 mechanical keyboard make it easy to type quickly. They have different keys that feel deeper, more tactile, and clearer than usual. When you push down on a key, you can feel and hear it click, so you know for sure that it has been pressed. Is it better than a keyboard with scissors-like switches?
No, not always. Still, the Voyager’s keyboard is good, and you can tell right away that it’s not a scissor switch design because of how the keys feel. The layout of the keys is also good. Corsair left out the numpad in favour of a design with large, easy-to-reach keys in the middle of the touchpad. Even the function keys are a bit bigger than those on most laptops, but they are still about half the size of those on most desktop keyboards.
Screen and Sound
The display on the Corsair Voyager a1600 is a little different. It’s 16 inches wide, but it has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes it taller and more square than the 16:9 screens that are now the norm. On the other hand, it doesn’t help first-person shooters or simulation games as much. The a1600 has a standard IPS panel without a Mini-LED backlight, so the image quality isn’t anything to write home about. The maximum brightness is a respectable 379 nits, but the black levels are too high, so the maximum contrast ratio is only 1060:1. Scenes in the dark look hazy, and the shadows can be hard to see.
The Corsair Voyager a1600 I tested was the top model. It had an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, AMD Radeon RX 6800M with 12GB of mobile graphics, 32GB of DDR5 memory, and a 2TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive. This is AMD’s most powerful mobile product. So, how well does it do? PCMark 10 is where we start. Technically, this is a loss for the Voyager A1600, since it comes in last among these other laptops. When you look more closely, though, the difference is small. All of these laptops do well overall and are better than other options that are smaller or cheaper. PCMark 10 is where we start.
With a 99-watt-hour battery, the Corsair Voyager a1600 goes all in on size. This is the largest battery size that the FAA will let a passenger bring on an aeroplane, so it’s a hard limit.
Gaming and Graphics on the Corsair Voyager a1600
The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU and the Radeon RX 6800M GPU are in the Corsair Voyager A1600. This laptop is “AMD Advantage” certified, which means it can use SmartShift Max and SmartAccess Memory technologies. The first one moves power between your CPU and GPU in real time to boost performance as needed (i.e., allocating more available power to the GPU while gaming).
What is the price of the Corsair Voyager A1600?
The MSRP for the Corsair Voyager a1600 starts at $2,699.99. It has a state-of-the-art AMD processor and graphics for mobile systems that work together with exclusive AMD smart technologies, as well as software and technologies from Corsair and Elgato, to create a gaming and streaming experience that is unmatched.
Does the Radeon A1600 support Corsair ICUE?
Normally, this wouldn’t be a big problem, but Corsair spreads the settings for the A1600 across a number of different programs. Corsair ICE has settings for the fan and some general system settings, but Radeon software has things like the Eco mode.
Can you play games on the Voyager A1600?
The Voyager’s all-AMD configuration works well in games as a whole, just as it does with the performance of the processor as a whole. Intel’s single-core processors are still better, but the Ryzen 7 6800HS’ eight full, fat cores help speed up multi-core tasks like video encoding.