Corsair is the finest name when it comes to memory. At one time or another we all have had a set of their ram in our rigs. And in recent times, their power supplies have been a big hit. Since the beginning someone can’t say that Corsair have never put their best foot forward when giving the enthusiast, overclocker and gamer the best. And not to be out done by the likes of OCZ and other ram manufacturer, Corsair has caught the USB flash drive bug also. And if Corsair does flash drives like they do ram and power supplies, we are in for an awesome product.
How would you like to have 32 gigs of storage in your front pocket? There was a time when just a one gig flash drive was the ‘big drive’. Just enough storage room to transport a few pictures of the loved ones or enough to hold a few songs to share with your best friend. Times have changed and needs have increased. Now we have movies, programs and other large forms of files that would shallow a one gig drive. That’s when a drive like the Voyager comes into play. Besides an abundance of space, the Voyager is rigid and durable as well.
Corsair has some words about the Voyager
The Corsair Flash Voyager family of USB drives is rugged, stylish, compact, and reliable, making them ideal for transporting MP3s, digital images, presentations and more. Flash Voyager drives are fully Plug and Play with most operating systems and are backward compatible with USB 1.1.
The Corsair Flash Voyager family is comprised of two outstanding products. The Flash Voyager GT is designed from the ground up for speed, optimizing transfer rates of both reads and writes, while Flash Voyager provides a durable USB drive in large capacities.
The Flash Voyager and Flash Voyager GT are enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber housing. Boasting water-resistant properties, these drives allow users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Several reviews of the Flash Voyager products have demonstrated the ruggedness, durability, and reliability of the Flash Voyager family. The Flash Voyager has been shown laundered, baked, frozen, boiled, dropped, and even run over by a SUV in many third party reviews. After all the punishment it received, the drive continues to work.
Packaging and contents
The Voyager comes shipped to us no differently than any other flash drive we have reviewed here at Pro-Clockers: secured in a clear plastic blister pack for all to see.
Once and if you get into the hard plastic shell you will greed by a lanyard and a USB A/A extension cable. If you browse Corsair’s website site you will see the drive comes with security software as well. Yeah we know there is no software CD enclosed in the packaging. It is actually pre-installed on the drive. It would be a good thing to back up the software for later usage. Only thing missing would be a keychain ring for carrying the unit around.
- Plug & Play functionality in Windows® Vista, XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9, X and later
- Includes the True Crypt security application (Windows Vista/XP/2000 compatible only) allowing for a virtual encrypted drive using AES-256 encryption (not preloaded on 2GB models)
- Lanyard, USB cable
- Limited 10-year warranty
To lengthen the ‘Clocker Look’ section of this review which would be pretty short, we will start with describing what the two Voyager Corsair users have to offer. The first would be the GT model that we are not reviewing here to today. The GT is for the individual that is looking for pure speed. This particular model is only available in one size: 16 GB. But for the person looking for space, the regular model is what they would be looking for as it is available in 4, 8, 16 and 32 gig models.
The rubber outing is pretty attractive for some. It is pretty rugged and water-proof. The entire unit is covered in a thick rubber coating that keeps the unit safe when falling from high elevations or when a small mishap happens and it lands in water. Just don’t give the Voyager too much abuse as you may lose out on the 10 year warranty Corsair has on it.
What would a product be without labeling it with company trademarks and names? On one side we have the Corsair’s site URL. And on the reverse side the drive’s model is imprinted. And when the drive is plugged in, and in action, the LED flash blue flashed to show sign of activity.
There isn’t too much action needed to perform performance tests on a flash device. So we made it very simple, which was to connect the unit to a motherboard that support USB 2.0 and use HD Tune to show us some numbers. We put the PD-18 up against some of the various drives that I have laying around the lab.
Intel Core2Quad Q9300
DDR2 OCZ ReaperX PC6400 (5-5-5-15)
Seagate 160GB SATAI
Danger Den Water-cooling
Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64
HD Tach 3.01
OCZ Turbo 2GB
Super Talent Fireball 2GB
Adata PD-18 2GB
If you look at the charts above you will see the Voyager is not the fastest drive of the bunch. Corsair does not advertise it as being the fastest but the biggest. And that is what it is…big. So we look at it like this: price vs. performance vs. size; the Voyager is the winner.
The Voyager has a few good things going for it. One is the available storage space it contains. You would be hard pressed to find so much storage in such a small space. We were only to find one from Patriot and Kanguru, which was priced higher than the Voyager. And the Voyager sure beats having to lug alone a portable hard drive. No power adapters or excessive cables.
Such small things need to be durable when I am around. I am known for dropping, stepping and throwing (when things don’t go my way) things. And the Voyager can pretty much take it all. The rubber housing looks as good as it protects. I don’t know of any reason for someone to have the Voyager at high elevations but if it was to fall, you are assured your data is still protected.
The Voyager is not the fastest drive on the market and we knew this coming in to the review. It is aimed at people that want to transport a lot of data. And it does just that….32 gigs of it. This is just what the doctor would prescribe for the large data mover.
Size is one thing and price is another. The 32 gig version of the Voyager would set up back about $160. This is twice as much as a 120 GB external portable hard drive. The counter to that is that the hard drive is not a mere 4 ounces like the Voyager. And also you have to carry all the cables as well. So that beats that argument.
The Voyager is well worth the investment if you prefer something small and portable. I would like to thank the people of Corsair for sending over the Voyager for this review.