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Corsair 32GB Voyager Flash Drive


Author:  Jason Jacobs
Date:  2008.05.12
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  Corsair
Manufacturer:  Corsair






Corsair 32GB Voyager Flash Drive

Introduction:

TechwareLabs has tested several different storage devices in the past ranging from NAS to external hard drives and flash drives to RAID. Consistently we continue to recommend flash drives for affordability and high portability. Today we are testing the Corsair Voyager drive weighing in at a whopping 32GB of storage. Corsair makes two versions of the Voyager, the standard Voyager and the Voyager GT which boasts a speed boost of up to 4x faster than average USB drives according to Corsair. We are testing the standard Voyager which is available in capacities ranging from 2GB to 32GB. The Voyager GT is available in 16GB only and is rated for faster transfer rates though we were unable to find specifications for this drive on their website.

What can I do with 32GB?

Good question, and the answer is: A lot! At 32GB of storage the Voyager has more storage space than some 2.5" hard drives and is large enough to store nearly anything you want. The average DVD movie will easily fit on a 4.7GB DVD drive, as such the Voyager would easily accomodate 6 full DVD movies and still have room leftover. See the chart below:

How Much Can I store?
Format 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Still images: JPEG 6MP 620 1240 2480 4960 9920
Video: MPEG-2 5Mbps-30fps 50 min 1hr 40 min 3hr 20 min 6hr 40 min 13hr 20 min
Video: MPEG-4 384kbps -15fps 9hr 30 min 19hr 38hr 76hr 152hr
Music: MP3 128kbps 500 1000 2000 4000 8000

As you can see 32GB is a lot of space. Unfortunately what we have traditionally run into with flash drives is the larger they get the slower they get. This leads to long loading time when transferring information to and from the drive. We hoped that the Voyager would not be prone to this problem, read on for our testing.

Features

  • Plug & Play functionality in Windows® Vista, XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9, X and later
  • Includes the True Crypt security application (Windows Vista/XP/2000 compatible only) allowing for a virtual encrypted drive using AES-256 encryption (not preloaded on 2GB models)
  • Lanyard, USB cable
  • Limited 10-year warranty

The Corsair Voyager is an average size drive encased in durable rubber housing and are supposed to be water resistant. The graphics on their site show the drive being submerged in water. This may not be a realistic representation of what the drive can survive as it is not waterproof but water resistant. The cap does not seal out water entirely so if you attempt this and then attempt to plug the drive into a usb port you will likley encounter a short circuit.

Let's move on to testing the Corsair Voyager.

Real Time Pricing

 



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