The Corsair Flash Voyager USB drive comes with a rugged rubber construction, 32GB of storage space, and USB 3.0, which easily offers better performance than USB 2.0 drives. If you need something even faster, there are drives with faster performance, but a higher price tag. The Corsair Flash Voyager offers an affordable compromise that’ll survive the accidental trip through the laundry as well.
Features and Performance
In our timed file transfer tests, the Corsair Flash Voyager produced speeds of 63.3 MBps (read) and 34.5 MBps (write). By comparison, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 had a read speed of 61.8 MBps and write speeds of 99.4 MBps.
The end result is a drive which is faster than any USB 2.0 drive on the market, but that will get left in the dust by other USB 3.0 drives. In the end, whether or not you want to buy the Flash Voyager USB 3.0 comes down to what sort of transfer speeds you need. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 is more expensive per GB, but offers significantly better transfer speeds, which is preferable if you work with large files, such as media or software. If not, the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is probably the more sensible buy, based on price.
The Flash Voyager USB 3.0’s enclosure is made of rubber, which makes for a surface that’s easy to grip and provides a level of durable protection against accidental drops and bumps. The cap of the USB is also made of rubber, and fits snuggly over the end of the USB plug, providing a moisture-resistant seal.
We wouldn’t recommend dropping the Flash Voyager USB 3.0 into a puddle or a swimming pool, but the moisture resistance is such that you won’t need to be so paranoid when caught in the rain or drop your USB flash drive into a snow bank.
The whole rubber-covered enclosure measures 0.57 by 1.0 by 4.8 inches and weighs 0.8-ounce. That’s large enough that you might not want it on your key ring, and your USB ports will likely be blocked off by this larger USB drive. There’s also no way to tether the cap to the body of the drive, or to even to stow the cap when the drive is in use—this cap is going to get lost. It’s not a matter of if, but of when.