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TheGreatSatan
05-12-2008, 10:26 AM
So I just got the Corsair Flash Voyager in its 16GB capacity (Shows as 14.9GB in Windows). It retails for a hair under $80 from egoods.com (http://www.egoodz.com/product.asp?pf_id=CMFUSB2.0_16GB)

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The flash drive has a nice rubber coat on it protecting it from dropping. Most flash drives are not protected from dropping, but they donít break anyway. Flash drives as a whole are extremely durable. This rubber coating just means thatíll probably survive a HUGE drop. I do like the feel of the rubber. It seems easier to hold on to even when wet, especially since I had assumed that it would be slippery.

Corsair also makes a 16GB Voyager GT that is red where this one is blue. Itís supposed to be faster than the non GT variety, but thatís not the case. Previous Corsair GT Flash drives used SLC flash chips and were very fast and reliable. This new one uses MLC chips, which are the current standard for the market, except they are slower and less reliable than SLC chips. Calling it GT seems fraudulent on Corsair's part, so donít waste the $20 difference. If you need more capacity, Corsair also makes the Voyager in a 32GB size for nearly double the price.

The Voyager comes with a pretty cheap matching rubber cap which at first was fine. Iíve had the drive now for nearly a month and have found an annoying problem. The cap no longer stays on. If you turn it in the slightest downward direction it WILL fall off. I was able to fix it though. I cut a piece of electrical tape into 3 strips the long way. As you know electrical tape flexes like rubber when pulled. I wrapped one rubber length around the base of the cap tightly and now it fits better than ever.

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Another small annoyance is the label for the drive size. Can you see the capacity?

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Every other flash drive Iíve ever owned has always been clearly marked with the capacity for quick glance reference. If you have a few Voyagers, of different capacities, in your home within proximately of each other, you will have to look real hard to distinguish them apart. This one is stamped in the lens for the LED inside and is easier to see when operating, but never clearly.

Just like my review for the Corsair Survivor, I loaded my music library of 1669 MP3ís (5.83GB) from my C: drive to the Voyager. It took 19 minutes and 16 seconds, a whopping 17 seconds better than the 32GB Flash Survivor. Then I transferred all 3,072 pictures (478MB) I have for every mod Iíve ever done or thought of doing to the drive as individual files, not zipped. It took 78 seconds, a mere 5 second improvement. I can safely assume that if/when the 64GB variety is made that it too will take a bit longer to store files.

Corsairís site claims that the Voyager can handle the same torture tests as the Survivor, except that the Voyager is only water-resistant and water will get into the cap.

So what do I think? The Corsair Voyager is a pretty nice drive. The cap falling off was pretty annoying, but that wouldnít stop me from buying another one in the future, especially since I know an easy fix.

Pros:
16GB in the size of a flash drive
Faster than a portable hard drive
Nice rubber casing making it safe to drop and easy to hold

Cons:
The annoying rubber cap will fall off within a week of having it.
Whatís the capacity? I canít see it.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Luke122
05-12-2008, 03:18 PM
While I dont recommend testing it (do so at your own risk!), I've had my Kingston Data Traveller 4gb go through the washer and dryer, TWICE, with no ill effects.

;)

jdbnsn
05-12-2008, 03:31 PM
While I dont recommend testing it (do so at your own risk!), I've had my Kingston Data Traveller 4gb go through the washer and dryer, TWICE, with no ill effects.

;)

Lol! That's pretty impressive!

b4i7
05-12-2008, 08:35 PM
While I dont recommend testing it (do so at your own risk!), I've had my Kingston Data Traveller 4gb go through the washer and dryer, TWICE, with no ill effects.

;)

i thought with electronics, as long as you let them dry thoroughly they would be fine?

Quakken
05-12-2008, 11:13 PM
You should be able to dry out a wet electronic in theory, it should work unless something shorts and breaks. That's a pretty solid drive if it has went through the washer and dryer twice.

My flash drive is this junky, junky thing I bought from my media center in my school for $20 for 512MB. I was desperate, I needed it for the next hour class and I didn't have another option, okay? It's seemed pretty solid so far, all of my graphics works are backed up on it and other than it being slow from what I can tell, it's fine.