Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16 GB
Why is it that flash memory devices sound increasingly like a plausible name of a vehicle of some kind? Obviously, the notion comes from the transportation of digital files on a portable pen drive, like a shuttle express to the next workstation. Armed with faster file writing times, hence the gigabyte double digit figure of storage, the Corsair Flash Voyager does indeed sound as if it is one of James Bond's marine toys. Although I'm nervous to see if this floats, this device carries an indestructible claim from their manufacturers which confidently has handed out a ten year warranty to the consumer. Bold move, perhaps; nevertheless, I can clarify flash drives are an increasingly competitive market and due to this. The raw materials and manufacturing costs have been forced down, to cater for the demand for indestructible flash encrypted portable storage devices.
'GT' as in 'GT technology,' figures greatly in the 'indestructible' element in this Corsair flash drive. The added element is based on a light-weight metal material at the core of the device amalgamated with a hardened shock absorber rubber collar - this enables the flash drive to protect data storage on the device from water making it water resistant. Just in case it is dropped in a mug of coffee or deeper still a pint of beer. GT technology has experimented to all depths of water resistance to 200 metres; assuming it has been dropped overboard and successfully spied, on the sea-bed. So, marine consumers this device may rock your boat. Apart from the notable indestructible knowledge, the GT technology doesn't prove to boost the writing and reading speed unique to any other devices available on the market.
On average the retail price is now four pounds more expensive compared to other flash drive brands. At 22.99 GBP the Corsair is significantly more of a lucrative memory investment- albeit, yacht owners tend to not worry about a fiver. I believe this is this is the fee for the integrated GT technological advancements - only the consumer can gauge whether it is worth paying that bit extra for a ten warranty and the outlandishly boastful selling point of your data surviving on an ocean bed. Whereby 9 times out of 10, it'll be lost overboard forever, until the oceans dry-up and our next civilization find a fossil of an embedded piece of rust - evidently carrying all your data files from the twenty first century, that'll get dissected and mused over by the next prominently evolved living being. Now, is it worth the extra fiver? No. I just answered the question for you.
A Corsair vendor has incorrectly claimed that writing speeds are marginally superior to most standalone flash drives - the truth of the speed test, suffice to say is around 3 mbps (mega bytes per second) slower than other reputable flash drive brands. 25.8 mbps transfer performance is standard for a high-bred flash drive. 22 mbps is where the Corsair sets its standards. Overall it is not noticeable while transferring digital media - However, the bigger the file the more obvious the 'mbps' rate plays a notable part; so, therefore, not the brand to choose if you are planning to off-load a plethora of media data onto a portable device.
Bounces about like Pooh bear's Tigger on Valium
Design wise the Voyager shape and aesthetics looks as if it belongs in a boat-house or a marina; even the logo on the pin-head is yacht shaped. Cleverly targeted to the marine enthusiast - I half expect a small balloon to inflate from the base if in contact with water albeit there is no actual means to that to happen, hence no base hole; except for the key-ring designed mould at the base. Indeed that is a design plus point, otherwise to the mainstream consumer without a yacht that is all. The hardened rubber casing exterior may have shock absorbed GT technology to help cushion a drop from a couple of feet, enabling it to bounce about like Pooh Bear's Tigger on valium compared to a more brittle, frail memory pen. Not comfortable if you've sat on the Voyager device, if left in your derriere pocket - it tends to make a Voyager indent into the flesh, like no other device known to the mankind's derriere.
The software on-board the Voyager is called TrueCrypt - the updates are regular and available online from their website truecryt.org - the already installed version on this drive is the 4.3 update. It will work fine with Windows Millenium Edition and upwards. Workstations that entrust an auto-reader drive that can read from USB ports wouldn't have any problems; users with Mac CPU systems - Mac OS 9 as the minimum system capable of using this flash device. Anyone with a portable flash drive can upload this remarkably compatible software package regardless of brand if their own software is becoming a burden; a useful piece of information to know. The newer the update the better the encryption software will be able to protect data on the device - this is protected by an added password if you've secured the files whilst transferring from other CPUs. A plus point, in an otherwise overpriced flash pen catered predominantly for those with a yacht assuming that this device floats as well as being heavily waterproof.
I've not tested the robustness of this device on ducks rampant pecking nor have thrown it off Brighton Pier and asked a yachtsman to retrieve it. If I did, the ducks and the yachtsman can keep it.©1st2thebar 2011
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As much as I love Daft Punk, the answer is no, I'm not reviewing one of their illustrious albums; perhaps merely celebrating the genius of their lyrics, or rather recycling them five years on. No, I'm reviewing a technological item which is like no other you can buy. "How can this be so?!", I hear you shriek in disbelief and with a distinct lack of faith in what I claim. The answer is simple and yet staggering: it is very likely that it will last more than a week.
Ridiculous I know. A week is a perfectly reasonable time for an electrical item to last, for your TV to be flicker-free, for your mobile to be calls-capable, and your headphones to be sound-supportive. Alright, so I'm exaggerating somewhat, but it has to be said, they don't make 'em like they used to do they? So then, what technological product could possibly last a reasonable amount of time, and not pack up as quick as you could say 'should've bought that extended warranty'? Of course, I'm talking about the Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB.
Computer memory is one of the fastest moving technologies in the industry, an industry in which only a few years ago one would have to shell out a crisp twenty pound note (probably one of the old ones, mind) for the honour of owning a prestigious 256mb flash drive; not one of your cheap 128mb ones. Pah. Before then, one was limited to data CDs, or even floppy disks. As awesome as they were (with their 1.44mb standard memory), they were, rather unfortunately, awful.
Roaring in to save the day was the blessed flash drive, and they're still roaring and rocking. With standards increasing in an ever more competitive market, the quality does likewise, with high-definition the [fairly] new must-have, whilst audio is doing its best to keep up. Increased quality, increased file sizes, meaning your twenty pounds 256mb flash drive is now fairly incapable, compared to the 16GB drive you can snap up for the same price today. Of course, within another five years this review will probably too become void, but for now, let's press on.
The flash drive is somewhat of a must have these days, even with the online world making file sharing that much easier. The fact of the matter it is that until Internet speeds pick up and reach a new universal standard, flash drives remain the easiest way to move around your chunky files around, without shelling out for a more costly external hard drive (and far susceptible to breaking at the slightest knock, too).
So, the Corsair GT holds all the solutions - but why not the local supermarket's own brand alternative, which is a fiver cheaper too? Indeed, a play.com 16GB served me well for a nearing 12 months, and that was only about £17, great value at little over a pound a gigabyte. The Corsair on the other hand will set you back £21.99 from the best retailers. What really makes up those five pounds?
Reliability, strength, and assurance. Ever heard of planned obsolescence? This is basically when manufacturers design a product with the view of it lasting for a fixed amount of time in a useful state, before becoming, well, useless and obsolete, thus forcing the consumer to make another purchase. Of course, the manufacturer must ensure the product lasts a 'reasonable' amount of time, in order to keep the consumer's faith in their product. To me, there are many brands which use this policy far too much, and whilst it's something we have to live with, I very much dislike it. However, is there ever a way around it?
Ah yes, the faithful warranty. Shining with trust and assurance, you can sleep easy knowing that whatever you shelled out [for the warranty] has merrily covered the unfortunate event of you spilling your glass of orange juice all over your new 32" television. All very well and good, but it's those free warranties which really fill one's heart with joy. It's one of the few signs that mean you can have confidence in a brand and their product. Corsair - you have a place in my heart.
It's no ordinary warranty you see. It's a *ten year* limited warranty, you see. If you were a goat, that would last you a lifetime at least, and you might even be able to leave it to your kids (whey! Ooh...). Ten years though. That's peace of mind alright. Of course, whilst it does claim to be rugged, the various activities described in the title were carried out by third party review experts, activities through which it survived. The warranty won't, however, cover the following claim (example claim, not my own experience, thankfully):
"Well I dropped it in a lake to test its durability, and it got pecked a few times by a duck, then got caught in a boat's motor. When I got home and plugged it in, it didn't work the way it used to, in that it, um, didn't work".
Rather, the warranty ensures that the product 'will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a specific length of time from the date of purchase'. In this case, that length of time is a very generous ten years, as aforementioned. Full details of this warranty can be found at Corsair's website.
This was the selling point to me. Yes, *the* selling point, aside from it being 16GB, which was the minimum for me in my search for a new flash drive. The transfer speeds are good in my experience, though I don't ask for much, as I'm never transferring too much, or needing it be done too quickly. It is high speed though, setting the pace as one of the fastest units when it was released back in 2008, and still roaring now (write speed 19mb/s, read speed 25mb/s).
On top of the flash drive itself, you also get a handy extension cable and perhaps less so handy Corsair lanyard, you know, just in case. Perhaps I'm being negative, some people do wear them. Just, not me...
Moving on, one has to consider if there are any negatives to this product after giving such a shining review thus far. Honestly, there's not much to slate. The one thing I have picked up on is the lid. The product itself is made up of a thick rubber material, which acts as the casing to the far more fragile insides. The lid is also rubber, and uncomfortably slides off. It's the only part of the design which doesn't feel secure, and does raise questions (in my head at least) over its waterproof status. For something which isn't securely attached, I don't see how it can be waterproof, but I'm yet to test it... Whilst it annoys me, I've not experienced losing the lid at all, and the fact that the keyring hole is on the drive end rather than lid end actually makes sense - after all, which would you rather have fall off?
Overall, I think GT barely puts a foot wrong. I snapped it up from a website called mymemory.co.uk (well worth checking out) for just £21.99 - that's cheaper than Amazon (yes, price matching Amazon) by over £5. I always stand by the belief that if you pay that bit extra for added quality, you benefit in the long run, and with a superb ten year warranty, and a rugged design, you certainly get that here. What wins it for me is the reliability factor, and the trust that you buy in Corsair - it's smart, it's solid, it's superb, and it really is a steal.
Over the last few years, Corsair has been on the forefront of leading flash drive innovations, which started with their Flash Voyager series but quickly expanded into their Flash Voyager GT, Flash Survivor GT, and Flash Padlock series.
What are the big advantages?
First of all, there is a high durability, it is shockproof and it is even water resistant! You don't have to worry that you dropped the USB flash drive in your bath or you forget to take it out of your pants and it's in the washing machine. It even withstand if you drop it out of the window from the first floor. This is what the rubber shell has to offer and I can guarantee that's not that bad to have it. An accident happens very fast!
It has a huge storage capacity. There are now already 32 GB flash drives at the market, but I think 16 GB is more than enough. If you need more, you would be better off with an external drive. They don't wait that much and you can take more than 250 GB with you. This USB flash drive is very handy if you want to take a computer game to a friend or a bunch of movies. Since the computer games sometimes take more than 8 GB, this comes in handy. Nevertheless, if you only use a USB flash for a couple of photos, excel spreadsheets or word documents, I advise you to take a 2 or 4 GB stick. They are much cheaper and sometimes a bit faster! This is because they had to use a Multi-Layer Cell (MLC) memory to achieve the 16 GB storage. Since the flash drives with smaller storage capacity uses Single-Layer Cell memory (SLC), they perform faster. This flash drive has a read performance of 25 MB's/ sec
The USB flash drive is compatible with Vista and Ubuntu, which is very good. So you don't have to worry if your friends have a Linux or a windows operating system. I don't know if it is compatible with a Mac, because I don't have one.
The corsair Flash Voyager GT 16 GB comes with a 10 year warranty which isn't bad. This USB flash drive is definitely worth its money since you can be sure it will work for the following 10 years.
This USB flash drive is available at a price of 40£.