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I was seemly getting though USB sticks like I went though chocolate, they either got corrupted and didn't let me reformat or just completely broke refusing to be recognised by a computer any more. I had almost accepted this as the norm until someone told me about the Corsair Flash Voyager USB pens.
What makes this brand different is that is water and shock resistant, so less likely to break, and comes with a 10 year waranty. But then I'd expect something out of this ordinary when they charge you £40 for a USB pen! The most I have ever spent on one!
The pen its self is about 6cms long and feels really solid in your hand. The components inside are incased within a thick rubber outer which does feel like it would absorb most of the damage from any impact. I have even dropped this and then rolled over it on the office chair (yikes) and it has remained completely unscathed.
The USB is 2.0 but like unlike most 2.0 peripherals IS backwards compatible with 1.1. However I would not reccomened you buy this particular Flash Vogager GT as you are paying for trasfer speeds (this is what the GT means in its name) if you only ever use 1.1 USB slots. Infact unless you are particulaly bothered about read/write of files rates I would buy your self a cheap USB pen - there are plenty to choose from. The reason someone might one to buy this is to stream data straight from the pen or if they are copying gigabytes of data and need to do it quickly.
I have never actually tested the waterproof claims, but I assume it must be else they couldn;t market it as so. The divice is simply plug and play and will work on any computer running Windows. You also recieve a lanyard when buying this to hang it around your neck and a USB extenstion cable which comes in handy if your only USB slots are right down the back of your desk.
Overall a very reliable USB pen which handles heavy usage and I am confident that I am not going to loose all my data.