Pros Well, this thing simply works right out of the plastic. Just plug it into your USB port, wait a few minutes for Windows XP to load the appropriate drivers, & you're ready to go. Plus the rubberized exterior keeps water out & lets this thing boun
Cons While download (i.e., read) speed is above-average; upload (write) speed is a bit on the slow side. Still, for the price I paid ($9.99) it's a compromise I'm willing to make. Otherwise, the exterior rubber is a dust magnet & it lacks a neck chain.
Summary Corsair is known for memory. So one would think that they'd make a nearly perrfect flash drirve, right? Well, they do...almost. The Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager is a very sturdy (though slightly larger than its peers) flash drive. It's a simple plug-n-play device. And because of the rubberized coating, the drive is completely protected from accidental drops and most spills.
Using the drive is simple: plug it into your USB port and you're ready to go. Getting information from the drive (i.e., read or download) comes at speeds around 19Mbps. Not bad. Putting information on the drive isn't as enjoyable. It's not that there are difficulties with adding files/programs/data to the drive per se, but that doing so with seriously large files will take getting used to. Why? Because the write speed is dramatically slower than the read speed. I calculated my read speed to be around 5.5Mbps. Considering most other high speed USB 2.0 flash drives have write speeds well over 10Mbps, I'd say this one is a bit on the slow side. Still, it's faster than any USB 1.1 flash drives that you may still be using, so it's not a total loss.
Another drawback is that the drive cap (the part that covers the USB connector itself) could be easily lost since it cannot attach itself onto the other end of the drive like you could with most other similar flash drives. Furthermore, the keyhole loop appears to be made completely of rubber. Now, that's both a good and a bad thing. It's good because if you happen to drop the drive and it lands on that keyhole loop, it literally bounces off the table/ground/whatever it collided with, protecting the drive by cushioning the impact. However, if you plan on actually attaching the drive to a neck chain, you may start to worry because of the unknown amount of physical wear and tear that this part of the drive casing can take before it wears out/breaks.
Lastly, because this drive's exterior is essentially rubber, it allows the user to grip it very easily. However, that same rubber coating also acts as a serious dust and/or lint magnet. Again, not something seriously critical, but it can be somewhat annoying. Another mildly annoying things: the "in-use" blue light on the drive is visible only on the top side of the drive. Granted, most flash drives I have are designed the same way, but it would be nice to make the LED visible from either side of the drive.
Overall, the drive is an extreme bargain. For the price, you'll be hard pressed to find a better drive for the money. Yes, there are most definitely faster drives (and a few slower ones too), but they typically cost far more than this one (my 8GB set me back only $9.99). The 10 year limited warranty (parts & labor) on this drive is something that I think is unheard of in the industry, which simply makes this drive, in my view, a must have.
As you can tell, the drive isn't perfect, but given the cost per GB of flash memory, Corsair makes it next to impossible for a customer to say no. Plus, their drives come in several memory sizes, ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB. If you can find it at a discount (like I did at Newegg.com), I suggest getting it. I've been using mine for a solid month, and don't have any reservations over buying it. In fact, I recently put in an order for a 16GB version as well.
Pros Rubber outfit makes it resistant to shocks and pressure, Looks good, Moderately good speed (5.2Mbps write, 27.1Mbps read on large files), 10-years warranty, Supposedly water-resistant (not tested personally!).
Cons Cap easily detachable (can get lost), FAT32 file system means that a file greater than 4GB can't be stored (true for all USB-drives), Slightly more expensive than Transcend and Kingston products of similar performance.
Summary Transfer speeds on a bunch of smaller files (MP3's averaging 4MB in size) was 3.5Mbps Write and 26Mbps Reading.
I chose an 8GB drive thinking that I would be able to transport files of over 4.38GB which don't fit on a DVD. I overlooked the fact that USB-drives use FAT32 and not NTFS, so the maximum size of a single file is 4GB. Don't make the same mistake!
I don't understand the point in not giving a way to attach the cap to the body (the 64GB version has a chain). I was considering piercing the rubber and passing a thread, but don't feel like mutilating the lovely thing.
Here's a somewhat dark truth about USB-drives:
Most brands have a fast and expensive range (eg Sandisk Cruzer Contour/Ducati, Corsair Flash Survivor GT/Voyager GT, Transcend Jetflash 2A etc) and a lower, slower range (eg Sandisk Cruzer Micro/Micro Skin, Corsair Flash Voyager, Transcend Jetflash V30/V60 etc). As you can see, the difference is names is subtle and tricky, though the transfer (writing) speeds are roughly 3 times in the faster range and they cost at least double. What is even more sly is that most of these companies don't advertise the writing speeds of their lower models which are mainstream. Most people seem to settle for whatever they get, and such data is hard to find in reviews too.
(These measurements of speed were done on a P4 3GHz system with 1.2GB RAM running Win-XP. I will redo them on my C2Q-based system and post info, but I don't expect it to change noticeably)