Set sail on a Voyager
Packaged in a heat sealed clam shell box, the Voyager is off to a bad start. As anyone will know, clamshells cut and are a pain to open. However, after attacking it with a pair of scissors I was in.
You’ll find a Corsair branded lanyard, a short USB extension cable and the Voyager itself inside.
The Voyager family comes in two types; the Voyager and the Voyager GT. The latter is the one I have today, and is ‘built from the ground up’ for speed. Both types are enveloped in a rubber sleeve which protects the hand-picked NAND chips inside from damage. This rubber outer means that this drive can be thrown around, soaked in water and generally abused. While you’re unlikely to purposely damage your pen drive, it’s a possibility that it’ll end up in the wash after being left in your pocket, or dropped and stepped on. The rubber skin comes at a cost; width. The Voyager is quite chunky and so it’ll be difficult to fit into some USB ports. Fortunately, Corsair realise this, and give you a USB extension cable to prevent this from occuring.
The Voyager series is back compatible with USB 1.1 but normally runs at USB 2.0 for speedy transfers. This means that it can also be used with Vista’s ReadyBoost technology which enables you to extend the system RAM into a flash drive. The fact that it’s ReadyBoost ready means that it has at least, ‘2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec throughput for 512K random writes’ according to Microsoft.
You can get the GT in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB versions. I have the 8GB version which is enough for 3 DVD’s, 2500 6 megapixel JPG’s or 2000 MP3’s. Should be enough for most.
The GT has a distinctive design with the main body being black and two semi-circular red parts on the edge. The cap is also rubber and has a little rubber red knob at the end. The cap isn’t attached to the body of the drive which means that it’s possible to lose if you’re not careful.
Scribbled down the side in yellow is ‘Flash Voyager’ with ‘GT’ in red at the end. On the back, and on the cap there are Corsair logos and their website URL.
At the back of the drive is a loop for your lanyard, or keyring to go. In front of this is the activity light which shows you when there is drive activity.
The overall look isn’t professional and it looks more like a performance tool rather than something an esteemed business man would carry around. That said, beauty is only skin deep.