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I purchased one of these in September 2010 from Ebuyer at a cost of £12.32 (plus VAT).
It came in the standard retail blister pack. This served to protect the item, and to advertise it's features.
Look and Feel
This flash drive is clearly designed for serious use. It has a thick rubber exterior ensuring it is well protected from anything, with a snug fitting cap that will ensure it will continue to function even if it has been immersed in liquid.
The rubberised casing feels similar to a wetsuit, and gives a similar degree of comfort! There is a loop at the rear end of the drive so it can be attached easily to a keyring (exactly where I placed mine!). There is also a small rubber window that is placed over a light on the pcb, so that you can see when the drive is in use.
The size of the device is larger than most - this is because of the thickness of it's protective cover. It's not verily huge, but may get in the way when on a keyring etc.
Installing the drive into a system is straightforward - plug it in, and as long as the system is relatively up to date, it'll see it and install the drivers it needs.
The drive is platform independent. It can be used with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X etc. It comes pre formatted for Windows use, being formatted in FAT32. Therefore some reformatting may be preferred if it is to be used on a non Windows system, or if you wish to utilise the security features that come with Microsoft's NTFS format (again, this was something that I did straight away). Reformatting only takes a few seconds to do.
Data transfer on the device was exactly as you would expect from a USB2 flash drive. I have no issues with it as it is as fast as any other drive of it's kind - after all, it's the same as any other one under the cover - the thing that sets this one apart is exactly that - it's cover.
Clearly, this device is intended to be durable. It's ruggedness is its selling point, and when I first had it, I was very impressed with the quality of it. I have heard a lot of cases of these drives going through the washing machine, or being run over, without any problems.
However, sadly, my own experiences weren't so good. I lost the rubber cap almost immediately - granted, that's my fault, but some sort of retention for it would have been useful.
Worse than that though... the drive worked faultlessly for it's life, but it's life was only about 6 months long. One day I went to remove it from a USB slot, and the cover simply came off the device. I was left with a rubber cover in my hand and a usb flash drive still in the system.
I removed it (carefully!), and placed it back into the cover, and it seemed fine, but from that point on, it continued to come out of the cover. I could have probably glued it in place, or sent it back to Ebuyer / Corsair for a replacement, but as I have a drawer full of different flash drives I didn't really see the need.
A great looking drive, ticking all boxes as far as functionality goes.... but let down on the one aspect that Corsair are trying to push - it isn't anywhere near as 'rugged' as it seems.
This is one of corsairs most popular flash drives, being water resistant and fairly drop resistant too.
The 8gb version can be found on Ebuyer for £14.48 plus postage charges, I paid more for mine but that was over a year ago - probably nearer 2. They are USB 2.0, and have Plug & Play functionality in Windows® Vista, XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9, X and later. They also come as standard with a 10 year warranty!
The plug and play is as good as they say, mine has been used between many different operating systems (including XP Home, XP Pro, Vista Home, XP 64, Macs and several linux based systems) all without any issues.
I've not particularly tested the water resistant claims - that said it's had plenty spilt on it and hasn't errored in the slightest, it's also been dropped, stood on, carried around by rats, been layed on by a golden retriever and generally not treated all that carefully. No issues at all despite the less than gentle treatment. That's as well as being swung around and such daft things!
Space wise it loses very little of the 8gb due to not being loaded with lots of software, my computer measures it at 7.54GB. Operation is typical of most flash drives - shows up in my computer and you can drag and drop, copy to and from it and delete things.
The version I have also came with a lanyard on a dog-tag type clip, saying Corsair and Flash Voyager - a proper neck strap sized, it measures approximately 84cm/33" so is plenty long enough, it's also around 2cm/.75" wide, and as such doesn't dig in like some cheaper straps.
The only single annoyance I've had with it is the cap - it is in no way nor can it be connected to the body of the thumb drive, which for people as prone to losing things as me is a definite annoyance - I lost mine about a month ago yet again, if it were in some way connected to the body it would fix the only flaw I can possibly find in this.
8GB is obviously considered quite small for a flash drive now, although it covers my needs - however there are larger versions available, up to 64GB, and also mini versions.
I've given this 5 stars as it's a great little flash drive, even with the cap issue, it's the only thing I'd consider replacing my current one with. Fantastic in every way, and it's still going very strong.