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Penn State’s James Franklin addresses Kirk Ciarrocca firing and Gophers in ‘White Out’ game

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Penn State’s James Franklin Addresses Kirk Ciarrocca Firing And Gophers In ‘White Out’ Game

INDIANAPOLIS — The Gophers vs. Penn State night game in Happy Valley on Oct. 22 will come with many layers.

It’s a revenge game for the Nittany Lions after Minnesota upset them 31-26 in Minneapolis in 2019. It’s also the first time the U travels to central Pennsylvania since star running back Saquon Barkley broke free for an overtime touchdown in the Gophers’ 29-26 win in 2016.

Nittany Lions coach James Franklin addressed two of the more intriguing storylines Wednesday during Big Ten Media Days: his firing of current Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca after one season in 2020 and how the U became the annual “White Out” game at Beaver Stadium.

Ciarrocca is back as the Gophers’ OC, and Franklin was asked why it didn’t work out for him with the Nittany Lions.

“I would like to say this: I’m a huge fan of Kirk’s,” Franklin said. “Obviously the timing for college football in general, specifically for the Big Ten, was a challenge with our season being (postponed), with COVID. It was a very unique time for all of us.

“Some of the things that Kirk had to deal with were outside of his control. When you are hiring a new offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator or special-teams coordinator and you really don’t have — we had no spring ball. … He got none of that. I think that is the best way we could describe some of the challenges and issues that had nothing to do with Kirk.”

That’s obviously not the whole story. Franklin added that he and Ciarrocca saw each other in Detroit earlier this year.

“He walked up, and we had a really good conversation,” Franklin continued. “I got a ton of respect for him as a professional and for him as a man. I wish him nothing but the best and success. I can understand why P.J. (Fleck) brought him back. He obviously did a great job for them (from 2017-19). I’m going to be rooting for him and his family every game but one. I got nothing but great things to say about Kirk, and a lot of the things that played out were out of his control.”

Penn State played either Michigan or Ohio State in eight straight White Out games until topping Auburn 28-20 in 2021. One goal for their annual themed game is for it to be in prime time. The game against the Gophers was scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT, and that played a primary role in becoming the White Out.

“With the fireworks and the white T-shirts and clothing (against the) black sky,” Franklin said, “it’s pretty special.”

Penn State conducted a poll of fans to find out what was important to them for the White Out. Kickoff time or opponent were primary questions.

“The data said that most people want a night game,” Franklin said. “We looked at our schedule. The game we thought had the best chance to be a night game (was our preference). Another game we had seen was probably going to be a 12 o’clock game. That impacted the decision and that was where I was leaning. The fans backed that up and then when (new Penn State Athletics Director Pat Kraft) came in, I asked him and right away he thought the same thing.”

Other factors in play were the fact that the Big Ten doesn’t schedule night games in November, out of consideration to avoid playing in colder weather.

“If you want all the fans to dress up in white, that becomes more difficult later in the season when people want to wear their hunting gear to stay warm,” Franklin said.

“There were a lot of factors that went into it. I think it also, maybe, caught people off guard because of the way the schedule fell up to that point. It had pretty much rotated between two opponents, so it kind of set up an expectation.”

Besides the Buckeyes and Wolverines, Penn State had Purdue as its opponent for its inaugural White Out in 2004, Notre Dame in 2007, Illinois in 2008, Iowa in 2009 and Alabama in 2011. Penn State has a 9-8 record in White Out games.



Dolphins camp: Defense wins in two-minute drill; plus stock up, stock down

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Dolphins Camp: Defense Wins In Two-Minute Drill; Plus Stock Up, Stock Down

The Miami Dolphins defense continues to get the best of the offense in two-minute drill scenarios.

The first-, second- and third-team units all had interceptions of Dolphins quarterbacks when the offense had successive opportunities to drive the length of the field needing a touchdown with limited time on the clock.

First, Tua Tagovailoa was picked off again by second-year safety Jevon Holland for Holland’s fourth interception of Tagovailoa in three days. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw to the end zone on one final play with the clock expiring, into the hands of safety Clayton Fejedelem. Third-string signal-caller Skylar Thompson had a pass go off fellow rookie Erik Ezukanma’s hands, and linebacker Calvin Munson came up with it.

Tagovailoa and Bridgewater dinked and dunked early in their drives, having to eventually force passes downfield pressed on time. Tagovailoa threw into traffic over the middle while getting pressured by defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Bridgewater had a long completion to undrafted rookie Braylon Sanders for about 45 yards against Verone McKinley on his penultimate play, but he still had to throw into a congested end zone on the final heave. The Munson interception was early in the drive, on the offense’s side of the field.

“Got to do your job. That’s what it comes down to,” said Holland about the defense’s key in late-game scenarios. “It’s a high-intensity situation where you got to do your job and then you got to let the plays come to you. Because if you try to force it, then you’re going to miss your opportunity.”

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has said earlier in training camp that Tagovailoa and Holland have a healthy competition going leading their respective units. Holland has gotten the best of Tagovailoa this week, and Holland spoke after practice about how they communicate to get each other better.

“I usually ask him about plays that I messed up on for,” Holland said. “I’m not really looking for him to explain what I did right or what he saw on that specific play. I’m more looking for things that bother me when I go to sleep at night and how I can correct them.”

Holland added the quarterbacks do check in with him when he gets practice interceptions, and he wants to one day break down film with them to get the altering perspectives.


To start team portions of practice, Tagovailoa ripped an impressive deep ball to Trent Sherfield for a touchdown over Holland and cornerback Xavien Howard. Sherfield also caught a deep corner from Bridgewater early in team drills. …

Tagovailoa also made fine early throws to Tyreek Hill off a play action and roll to the right and lobbing one to an open Cedrick Wilson Jr. with room to run down the right side. He had another 35-to-40-yard gain to Hill deep against Nik Needham that Hill slowed down to catch with a step on Needham. Late in 11-on-11 action, Tagovailoa found tight end Durham Smythe in the perfect spot between one high and one low defender in a zone. …

Myles Gaskin scored a short rushing touchdown on a Teddy Bridgewater-led situational drive. A Bridgewater pass to River Cracraft set the Dolphins up inside the 10-yard line. An official called holding on the play, but coaches declined the penalty to allow the play to stand. …

Salvon Ahmed had a decent run to the right side of the line early in drills and was also active on short dump-off passes. …

Wilson got open deep for Tagovailoa, and Tagovailoa delivered on target on a pass where he may have been hit if there was live contact on the quarterback, but the ball went through Wilson’s hands. …

Preston Williams caught a pass from Bridgewater for a sizable gain. He also had Elijah Hamilton cover him for a pass breakup. …

Emmanuel Ogbah, in addition to having the pressure that forced the Holland interception, also registered a separate practice sack on Tagovailoa. …

Undrafted defensive end and South Florida local Owen Carney was seen coming around the edge for a would-be sack. …

The team did early portions of practice in the indoor facility before heading out for team drills.

Stock up

As obvious as it is with his stock already high, Holland continues to consistently create turnovers in practice. For an outside-the-box selection, kicker Jason Sanders made all his field goals while the team was inside on Thursday. He’s coming off a 4-for-4 performance on field goals in the exhibition opener at Tampa.

Stock down

Rookie wide receiver and fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma had the ball intercepted by Munson go off his hands initially while getting hit by a defensive back. He had a quiet week after building up considerable hype through a week-plus stretch of consecutive strong practices.

Injury report

Left tackle Terron Armstead missed practice Thursday after he also did not participate in team drills on Wednesday. He was coming off strong workloads in his recovery from offseason knee surgery both in Tuesday drills and the final joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle stretched with the team to start Thursday’s session but did not participate in drills as the Dolphins are taking it day to day in what McDaniel deemed a “preventative” measure for a minor injury.

Guard Solomon Kindley missed Thursday practice. Safety Eric Rowe, tackle Greg Little, outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett and fullback John Lovett also remained out.


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Mar-a-Lago FBI search warrant hearing

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Mar-A-Lago Fbi Search Warrant Hearing

Police direct traffic past an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8. (Terry Renna/AP)

CNN, joined by the Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court last week to unseal documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence – including documents not covered by the Department of Justice’s own offer to unseal a selection of collateral materials.

Specifically, CNN and the other outlets are asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to unseal the entire court filing, including all probable cause affidavits filed in support of the warrant. search. These explain why investigators believe there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and that evidence of this crime existed in recent days at the site where the search was sought.

The request was filed after the Justice Department submitted its own request in Federal Court to unseal certain warrant documents. In remarks announcing the request, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is seeking the release of the “search warrant and property receipt” from the FBI search.

In the unsealing filing filed by CNN and other media with the court, they stressed “the historical significance of these events.”

“Before the events of this week, not since the Nixon administration exercised the power of the federal government to seize the records of a former president so publicly,” the media said in the filing.

The filing says “the overwhelming public interest in these particular documents outweighs any alleged interest in keeping them secret.”

“Media responders are certainly not seeking these recordings for improper purposes,” the media said. “On the contrary, public access to these documents will promote public understanding of this historically significant and unprecedented execution of a search warrant at the residence of a former president.”


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Inmate found dead in his cell at Stillwater prison; drugs also discovered

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Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 24, Of Brooklyn Park. Ahlbeck Is Charged With Is Charged With First-Degree Assault Of An Officer, Second-Degree Assault, Possession Of Afirearm By An Ineligible Person, And Fleeing Police In A Motor Vehicle. Booking Mug From Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo Courtesy Anoka County Sheriffs Office)

State prison officials said Thursday a man was found dead in his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, along with methamphetamine and fentanyl — and an investigation continues into how he got the drugs.

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Castle Rogers Ahlbeck (Photo courtesy Anoka County sheriff’s office)

Prison staff found Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 30, unresponsive in the prison in Bayport around 11 a.m. Monday. They attempted to revive Ahlbeck, as did paramedics, who pronounced him dead.

Staff discovered substances and paraphernalia consistent with drug use in Ahlbeck’s cell and preliminary tests came back positive for both methamphetamine and fentanyl, Department of Corrections spokesman Nicholas Kimball said.

The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office will work to determine Ahlbeck’s cause and manner of death through an autopsy and toxicology.

“While we await the medical examiner’s findings, the Department of Corrections Office of Special Investigations, in collaboration with local law enforcement, is actively investigating how the drugs were introduced to the facility,” Kimball said.

Investigators are working “several leads” related to the source of the controlled substances, he added.


Ahlbeck was serving a sentence in connection with a November 2016 incident during which he shot and wounded a man following a drug deal at an East Bethel convenience store and then crashed into a police squad car during a 16-minute chase through Anoka County that reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

After crashing his vehicle into a squad car on westbound U.S. 10, authorities said, Ahlbeck ran away and was shot by Coon Rapids police officer Brian Platz, who had issued several orders to stop and at one point said he saw Ahlbeck holding a black object in his hand, authorities said.

Platz, who believed the object was a gun, shot Ahlbeck in his buttocks area after he turned toward the officer, who thought Ahlbeck was going to shoot, authorities said. When Ahlbeck was ordered to show his hands, the officer discovered that the black object he had seen was a cellphone.

The Ramsey County attorney’s office concluded in August 2017 that Platz was justified in the shooting.

Ahlbeck pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person; three other charges were dismissed. In June 2018, he was sentenced to just over 13 years in prison.

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Judge denies bail for Rushdie’s attacker, bans interviews

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Judge Denies Bail For Rushdie'S Attacker, Bans Interviews

MAYVILLE, NY — A judge on Thursday refused to grant bail to the man accused of trying to kill Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York.

Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in a western New York courtroom after a grand jury indicted him for rushing the Chautauqua institution scene and repeatedly stabbing Rushdie in front of a crowd horrified.

Dressed in a black and white prison uniform, Matar remained silent during the hearing as his lawyer tried unsuccessfully to persuade the judge that he should be released pending trial. Public defender Nathaniel Barone said Matar had no criminal record and would not flee the country if released.

Barone also asked the judge to do something to stop reporters from trying to contact Matar at the Chautauqua County Jail. The lawyer said the prison had received “several hundred phone calls” from people trying to reach Matar.

Part of this media awareness led Matar to give a brief interview to the New York Post, in which he spoke of disliking Rushdie and praising Iran’s late supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Khomeini issued an edict in 1989 demanding Rushdie’s death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. A semi-official Iranian foundation posted a bounty of more than $3 million.

Matar’s attorney complained that the media coverage could potentially lead to a biased jury.

“He is entitled to a fair trial. He is entitled to due process no matter what he is charged with,” Barone said.

Judge David Foley denied the request, but ordered the lawyers involved in the case not to grant interviews.

“Do not speak to the press until we resolve this issue,” Judge said.

Rushdie, 75, is being treated at a Pennsylvania hospital for serious injuries. His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said Rushdie had a damaged liver and severed nerves in one arm and could lose an eye.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt called the attack “pre-planned.”

The author had just taken the stage at the normally quiet lakeside retreat for a discussion about the protection of exiled writers and freedom of expression when Matar jumped on stage.

Henry Reese, 73, co-founder of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, was on stage with Rushdie and suffered a gash to his forehead, bruises and other minor injuries.

Matar, who lived in Fairview, New Jersey, with his mother, is charged with attempted murder and assault. He could face decades in prison if convicted. He pleaded not guilty.

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With faith (and help from Australia), Lake Elmo teen pens all-youth musical

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Evangelyn Hill, 17, Smiles As She Poses Outside.

When the vindictive Pied Piper lured away the unsuspecting children of Hamelin with his enchanted flute, one disabled child who couldn’t keep up was left behind to recount the magical, miserable tale to his bitter and unforgiving village.

“That sack must be heavy,” sings young Lukas to the villagers in the town square, two years after his survival made him a pariah to every mournful parent, including his own. “Do your arms and back get sore? We all have weights to carry. My sister’s shadow weighs much more.”

Eschewing comedic cuteness in favor of poignancy, 17-year-old Evangelyn Hill of Lake Elmo spent most of her summer break scripting, producing and directing “The Piper’s Mountain,” an all-youth dramatic musical hosted this weekend, Friday through Sunday, by the Stillwater Evangelical Free Church on Manning Avenue.

Evangelyn Hill (Courtesy photo)

Evangelyn had to wrangle a cast of 17 child actors ages 5 to 15, almost all of them home-schooled like herself and recruited from home school co-ops. Still, she wasn’t exactly in it alone.

She cast her 15-year-old sister Ariana Hill as the villainous Pied Piper, and her 12-year-old brother Alexander Hill as Lukas, the heroic outcast who ventures to the magic mountain to find his peers. Her youngest brother Elias Hill, 8, plays a smaller supporting role in the mischievous Theo, “which is kind of perfect for Elias,” Evangelyn said.

Her father helped with stage sound and the business end of ticket sales, but otherwise her parents were largely hands off, said Evangelyn, a rising high school junior who is taking post-secondary enrollment college courses through the University of Northwestern, a faith-based university in Roseville.

The script began taking shape on paper over one-and-a-half years ago, and then hit an impasse.

“That’s when I realized I’m not a songwriter,” quipped Evangelyn, who turned to the Young Writer’s Workshop, an online writing circle for young Christians. Help came from Down Under. She soon held virtual brainstorming sessions with new friend Debbie Coll, a faith-based songwriter and composer just a few years her elder and wrapping up college studies in Melbourne, Australia.

The two clicked, and Coll’s songs now weave through every scene in the production, which with intermission runs to two-and-a-half hours. Rehearsals, which began in June, were four hours long, twice per week, and offered both organizational lessons and a learning opportunity in “how to direct kids and at the same time not be too bossy, and let them have fun,” Evangelyn said.

A dress rehearsal on Tuesday night had all the predictable bumps of an amateur production, but there was no shortage of pathos for those who listened intently to the lyrics. “I’m somewhat selfless, almost fearless, halfway heroic, I guess,” sings the Job-like Lukas, sounding unconvinced after finding a young fan who believes he’ll rally like Moses and lead the enchanted youth to freedom.

“That’s definitely my favorite song,” said Evangelyn, who aimed for subtlety over overt religious references. “It’s not an explicitly Christian theme, though it’s written from a Christian perspective. There is a happy ending.”


WHAT: “The Piper’s Mountain,” a youth-led dramatic musical.

WHERE: Stillwater Evangelical Free Church, 7671 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 20 at both 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.

HOW: Tickets are $13-$15 and free for kids under age 5. They’re available online through


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Corsair Voyager a1600 gaming laptop hands-on: It’s different

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Corsair Voyager A1600 Gaming Laptop Hands-On: It'S Different

Corsair made Computer components, game accessories and equipment for streamers. This also has a range of gaming desktops. The Corsair Voyager a1600 is its first gaming laptop and it basically combines all of the company’s product categories into one device. The functionality of its Elgato streaming hardware and software, the RAM and storage of the activity components, and the wireless technology of its gaming keyboards, mice and headsets all make their way into the Voyager a1600.

It’s a unique laptop built for gamers, creators, and streamers. The Voyager a1600, with the help of AMD, also has performance to spare, which is pretty good considering it’s just 19.8mm thick and weighs 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg). ).

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Corsair offers four configurations for the Voyager a1600 from $2,699, with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS, an AMD Radeon 6800M graphics card, 16 GB DDR5 memory and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. It runs on Windows 11 Home. For $2,999, it comes with a Ryzen 9 6900HS and twice the memory and storage of the base model. An extra $50 with either configuration moves the OS to Windows 11 Pro.

That’s not the end of the options, however. Origin PC, a custom PC maker owned by Corsair, has also sells the Voyager a1600. Buy from Origin and the Voyager can be configured to your liking with up to 64GB of RAM, one or two SSDs with a variety of models and capacities to choose from, and you can even have its black lid covered with one of the 11 patterns. The configuration I’m currently testing combines the Ryzen 7, Radeon 6800M, 32GB of memory, and a speedy 2TB Samsung SSD for $3,031 (£2,770, AU$4,813), which includes $65 for the faux marble lid treatment.

Although we’re still testing everything this laptop can do, so far it lives up to AMD’s performance claims. Boot up a game and the discrete graphics take over, resulting in frame rates of over 100 per second on Guardians of the Galaxy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider on high settings at 1440p in our testing. On CS:GO, the laptop can reach over 280fps according to Corsair, allowing you to take full advantage of the display’s 240Hz refresh rate.

Under load and with the fans running full blast, the Voyager stays cool on the left and right sides of the laptop, keeping your hands comfortable while gaming. It gets hot in the middle of the keyboard, especially towards the top. The fans are noisy, but that’s what you get with thin and powerful laptops.

The laptop has a large 99 Wh battery that lasted 5 hours and 4 minutes in our streaming video battery drain test with both screen brightness and volume through the headphones set. at 50%. Although it comes with a 230-watt adapter for powering and charging games, the Voyager can be charged via USB-C with a 100-watt adapter.

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The Voyager a1600 has three USB-C ports, one USB-A port, an SD card reader, and a combo headphone jack.

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All configurations come with a 240Hz, 2560 x 1600 pixel, 16-inch IPS display. It’s a good screen overall, especially if your main concerns are a high refresh rate for smooth graphics and easier target tracking with 1440p gaming. But if you need a wide color gamut, it only hits 75% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3, 69% NTSC and 97% sRGB, and measured brightness at 359 nits. For those times when you need something brighter with better color reproduction, it has three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support for an external display or three.

The combination of the large 16:10 screen and the oddly high hinges gives the body a special appearance – and unusual dimensions to slip into the laptop compartment of a backpack. The cutout below the screen is there to accommodate the S-Key macro bar, a strip of 10 programmable macro keys with a small color screen between them. The bar works with Elgato’s Stream Deck software, letting you create macro keys with simple drag-and-drop programming for everything from using OBS streaming software to opening an app or desktop. website, to playing a sound effect or triggering a voice changer.

For the keyboard, Corsair used ultra-thin Cherry MX mechanical switches. The clicky switch gives you good tactile feedback for typing and gaming. Even though the keys are clicky, they aren’t so loud that you won’t disturb anyone around you. And, of course, there are lights. The keyboard features per-key RGB lighting, fully programmable with Corsair’s iCue software.

The smooth touchpad underneath is gigantic. So large, in fact, that pressing the top right corner of it multiple times shuts off the right half of the touchpad so you don’t accidentally move your cursor with your palm while gaming. A double tap in the upper left corner completely closes the pad.

However, if you don’t want to use either, there’s a receiver for Corsair’s Slipstream Wireless compatible devices onboard. It supports up to three devices at once so you can connect a mouse, keyboard, and gaming headset without having to connect three separate devices. USB receivers. It’s like having the convenience of Bluetooth but with the speed and low latency stability of a 2.4GHz wireless receiver.

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The cutout between the hinges allows the S-Key macro bar to show when the laptop is closed.

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Matching software

All the excellent hardware that comes in the Voyager wouldn’t be as solid if it didn’t have some handy software to go with it. AMD Radeon Software: Adrenalin Edition, for example, offers several options for getting the most out of the processor and integrated and discrete graphics. Enable AMD SmartShift Max and the laptop will automatically balance power between components depending on whether you need more GPU or CPU performance.

Likewise, SmartShift Eco saves battery life by using integrated graphics when the laptop is unplugged and reverts to discrete graphics when connected to the AC adapter. There are several other features to experiment with to improve performance on or off battery, reduce input lag, and sharpen image detail.

Corsair Voyager A1600 Gaming Laptop Screen Showing The Laptop's Elgato Stream Deck Software.Corsair Voyager A1600 Gaming Laptop Screen Showing The Laptop's Elgato Stream Deck Software.

The included Stream Deck software lets you drag and drop shortcuts to apps, websites, sound effects, tools, or any other shortcut you might want to while gaming, streaming, or working.

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Joining the Elgato Stream Deck is Corsair’s iCue software from its gaming peripherals. This application is used to change keyboard LEDs, perform key assignments, and connect Corsair wireless mice, keyboards, and headsets. Then there’s the Elgato Camera Hub which lets you control the built-in 1080p webcam so you can adjust brightness, saturation, exposure and white balance. Image quality from the camera is good, a little noisy, but crisp with good detail. (There’s also an infrared camera to unlock the laptop with facial recognition as well as a sliding privacy shutter to completely block the camera.)

Audio input and output are also solid. The upward-firing speakers that flank the keyboard are supported by Dolby Atmos processing and sound clean and pleasing. They’ll be fine for casual listening or conference calls, but for anything else you’ll need external speakers or headphones (a pair of Corsairs, maybe). The built-in mics delivered impressive results, so streamers will sound great even without an external mic.

It all adds up to a gaming laptop that stands out for more than just looks and performance, although the design also stands out in a crowd. It’s an all-in-one portable solution for gamers and streamers, of course. But even if you don’t plan on streaming gameplay or being a creator, the Stream Deck software and assignable macro buttons come in handy for everything from ending a Zoom call to launching Spotify. Plus, it comes with a one-year warranty and 24/7 lifetime technical support.

We’ll be back soon with a full review and rated once testing is complete. So far, though, this is a solid first laptop from Corsair, AMD, and Origin PC.

The review process for laptops, desktops, tablets and other computing-like devices consists of two parts: performance testing under controlled conditions at CNET labs and extensive hands-on use by our expert reviewers. This includes evaluating a device’s aesthetics, ergonomics, and functionality. A final review verdict is a combination of both these objective and subjective judgments.

The list of benchmarking software we use changes over time as the devices we test evolve. The most important baseline tests we currently run on every compatible computer include: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10, and 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra.

A more detailed description of each benchmark and how we use it can be found on our How We Test Computers page.


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