sure that if Corsair were able to better seal the lid this
drive would be watertight, as it is you could probably get
it damp or give it a quick (accidental) dip in shallow water
without completely destroying it. Don't try it though, or
at least get prepared to fork out for another if you do
just in case I'm wrong.
Drive - Front
lid fits fairly securely thanks to the ribs inside, but
for how long it stays a snug fit remains to be seen. It
is rubber though so I suppose it should be good for a fair
Drive - Front
a real shame Corsair couldn't come up with somewhere to
store the lid after it's removed because you know damned
well it's only a matter of time before it goes the way of
every pen lid you've ever owned, floating around in limbo
in that strange rupture in the space-time continuum reserved
only for unsecured lids, important screws with one-off bastard
threads and single socks from matching pairs.
the supplied CD is a quick and handy little utility that
lets you format or partition the drive, or even make it
bootable if you like.
uses a simple slider idea whereby you decide how much of
the available capacity remains accessible in the usual manner
and how much becomes secured behind a password.
partitioned the "Set Password" option becomes
can even specify a password hint to help you remember what
you set it as.
- Password Setting
can format either volume individually if you've partitioned
the drive. If not the option to format the secure volume
is grayed out.
measured under Sandra 2004 was simply excellent. While it
was a touch lower than the reference DiskOnKey Classic 2.0
using tiny 512byte data chunks, the more sensible file sizes
show where it really performs. Let's be honest, how many
512B files are you likely to be working with?
I performed a real world file copy and timed it. I used
a Windows folder containing 2443 individual files totaling
479MB. It actually had a few more files in there but I removed
some to bring them in under the Voyager's capacity.
time taken was 3 minutes and 14 seconds, or if you prefer,
that's 194 seconds. This translates to about 2.47 Megabytes
per second write speed which, considering the latency involved
in writing so many small files is very impressive.
3DVelocity 'Dual Conclusions Concept' Explained: After discussing
this concept with users as well as companies and vendors
we work with, 3DVelocity have decided that where necessary
we shall aim to introduce our 'Dual Conclusions Concept'
to sum up our thoughts and impressions on the hardware we
review. As the needs of the more experienced users and enthusiasts
have increased, it has become more difficult to factor in
all the aspects that such a user would find important, while
also being fair to products that may lack these high end
"bonus" capabilities but which still represent
a very good buy for the more traditional and more prevalent
mainstream user. The two categories we've used are:
Mainstream User ~ The mainstream user is likely to put
price, stock performance, value for money, reliability and/or
warranty terms ahead of the need for hardware that operates
beyond its design specifications. The mainstream user may
be a PC novice or may be an experienced user, however their
needs are clearly very different to those of the enthusiast,
in that they want to buy products that operate efficiently
and reliably within their advertised parameters.
Enthusiast ~ The enthusiast cares about all the things
that the mainstream user cares about but is more likely
to accept a weakness in one or more of these things in exchange
for some measure of performance or functionality beyond
its design brief. For example, a high priced motherboard
may be tolerated in exchange for unusually high levels of
overclocking ability or alternatively an unusually large
heat sink with a very poor fixing mechanism may be considered
acceptable if it offers significantly superior cooling in
Mainstream User ~
damp-proof, great performance, keen price, good capacities
available, 10 year warranty, trusted manufacturer....I think
you know where I'm going with this.
outer casing will gather dust and smears, particularly in
a pocket, but being rubber all it takes is a quick wipe
with a damp cloth and it's as good as new again. Scratches
are a little harder to wipe off so it's a fair compromise.
you don't already own a Flash drive and are thinking about
getting one, my own personal belief is that you'll have
a struggle to buy better than the Voyager.
one to own.
from the near-certainty that you're going to loose the lid,
I really can't find much to gripe about that's worth page
armored for those clumsy moments and fully sealed to keep
out the pocket fluff and stop that ugly "loose change
battle-scarred" appearance that hard plastic Flash
drives so often suffer from, it's only real failing for
some will be the lack of a pocket clip.
blue LED, while a minor pint really, undoubtedly gives it
an element of street cred, as does the Corsair logo if it
comes to it.
performance just about rounds up a really great little device
that really deserves its asking price, a price that remains
cheaper than many of its rivals proving you don't always
have to pay a premium for a designer label.
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To Reply gives the manufacturer or supplier of the product
being reviewed a chance to make public comments on what
we've said. They can explain perhaps why they've done the
things we were unhappy with or blow their own trumpet over
the things we loved. It's easy for us to pick a product
apart but sometimes things are done a certain way for very
specific reasons and here the company concerned can explain
the reasoning behind their decisions.
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