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Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager Review
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Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager

With its water-resistant feature, the Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager certainly has an edge over competing USB flash memory drives. It survived all our three water resistance tests, even a 30-minutes rinse cycle!

Unfortunately, due to a change in the flash memory chips used, the 4GB Flash Voyager was quite lacklustre in performance. It was slower than competing flash drives when reading large files but trumped all of them in small files. However, it was a poor performer in writes, whether it was with large or small files.

Still, it was always much faster than the Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive, the only non-flash storage solution in the comparison as well as the only storage solution to offer such a large storage capacity. The other flash drives had much smaller capacities.

As always, Corsair packed a very complete package with the 4GB Flash Voyager. Not only do you get a driver CD, you also get a USB extension cable and a lanyard, both of which can be pretty useful.

Unfortunately, its rubber shell is a double-edged sword. It is a veritable dust magnet and worse, it's not easy to clean off the dirt. That's the price we have to pay for the shock- and water-protection offered by the rubber shell.

With that said, we feel that the Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager deserves a Reviewer's Choice Award! It has a very large capacity and a truly water-resistant rubber shell. While it's performance is far from stellar, it is certainly much faster than competing large capacity solutions like the Pocket Hard Drive. Congratulations, Corsair!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP • NA
Lowest PriceGrabber Price
Review Comprehensive Review
Part Number

• CMFUSB2.0-4GB

Dimensions

• 7.5 cm (2.95 ") long
• 2.3 cm (0.91 ") wide
• 1.3 cm (0.51 ") thick

Flash Memory Two Samsung NAND SLC K9WAG08U1M chips
Flash Controller Prolific 2518 (Revision 6A)
Dual Channel Transfers Yes
USB Standards • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• USB 1.1 (Backward compatibility)
Rated Read Speed • 19 MB/s
Rated Write Speed • 9 MB/s
Package Contents

• One Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager
One USB extension cable

One lanyard
• One driver CD

Warranty • 10 Years Warranty

 

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