When buying a USB pen drive, the most important thing to consider is what will it be used for and how it will be used. One of the other things to take into consideration is the price per gigabyte; afterall you want the best for your money.
I have a variety of USB pen drives ranging from well known flash makers and not so well know generic ones. However, make no mistake Corsair is a well known brand; it is also well worth it.
However, when you buy it, prepare to struggle a little with the plastic packaging. I cannot understand why in this day and age we cannot have more paper based packaging in a small box or casing. The plastic package is a nuisance to cut; I ended up cutting my index finger instead. Eventually I did manage to pry open the little memory stick - and after a good little plaster on my finger.
That aside, the feel of this little (well perhaps not so little) pen drive is very rugged. The other is a combination of rubber and plastic. It feels solid and durable - I did something I don't conventionally do and that is to step on it. I wouldn't recommend this, however the Corsair Flash Voyager was still in perfect working condition.
It is a plug and play device which will work with any operating system that supports plug and play. One of the best things about its 16GB capacity is that you can virtually install another operating system - such as Ubuntu or Fedora and use it anywhere you go. The operating system doesn't take much space so you are left iwth a lot to store documents, mp3s, videos and whatever else you fancy.
I run the latest Fedora build and it performs flawlessly. The read speeds are excellent and the write speed is equal to it. It is an ideal travel companion as I have carried it around with me recently on a trip to Spain.
What I like about it the most? The ruggedness without a doubt. If you need 16GB flash drive and have around £20 budget - this is definitely one to get.
I am always running out of space on my flash drive or as some of you out there call them dongles or memory sticks or USB drives, so I decided to upgrade my extremely reliable 2 GB Corsair flash drive for one with a larger capacity. I browsed Amazon and settled on the Corsair 16 GB USB 2.0 flash drive.
The Corsair 16 GB flash drive is a very rugged and tough little item, it has a very thick rubber skin that is comfortable to grip and easy to keep hold of while inserting into the USB port of you laptop or pc. The top of the flash drive pulls off to reveal the USB fitting, the top is quite small and very easy to lose so when you take it off pop it somewhere safe. You can request a replacement cap from the corsair web site. The flash drive is moulded with an oval hole in one end enabling you to attach it to a key ring quite easily.
The Corsair flash drive claims to be water and shock resistant, I have never got my flash drive wet but I have dropped it on more than one occasion and this has not affected it in any way. On the corsair website it claims that flash drives have been laundered, frozen and ran over by vehicles and have continued to work.
I find that the flash drive is extremely quick when transferring data and it is only a matter of seconds to transfer individual music and written files it takes around a minute to transfer a video file of around 1 GB. The space on the flash drive seems never ending, I have never managed to fill it but it obviously holds 16 GB of information.
The flash drive has a little blue LED that flashes while data is being transferred and stays steady on while just plugged in.
Interfaces - 1 x Hi-speed USB 2.0 Backwards compatible with USB 1.1
Storage Capacity -16GB
Compatibility - Apple Mac OS X / Mac OS 9, Linux 2.4 or later, Microsoft windows 2000, XP, 7 and vista.
Features - Waterproof and shock resistant 40G.
Plug and play
Software included - drivers and utilities.
I would recommend this flash drive for everyone, it is easy to use just plug in and start transferring files. Its small enough to carry around in your pocket or bag or on your keys so its available whenever you need to make a copy of anything. For me this flash drive has been reliable and fast, I've never had any file lost or corrupted, it's great for backing up files or moving pictures and files about easily.
Ive purchased various memory sticks in the past and i have to admit that this is without a doubt the best of the best.
Value for money, fast data transfer, the reliability of corsair, compatibility on all different machines. the cover on the usb stick is great its solid rubber so even if you drop it or step on it nothing will happen, also the cap is soft rubber so it wont get damaged and slip off in the long run. lastly it comes with a cord and clip so you could hang it around your neck or wherever you want.
Specific 16 gig model has special drivers included for some machines as it may not be plug and play on all machines