It amazes me that each year memory companies keep putting out larger and larger memory capacity portable storage devices at lower prices than the previous year while trumping last year’s products and their competitors. Corsair, a world leader in producing high end computer and flash memory products sent us their largest capacity USB 2.0 flash drive to date sporting 32 GB of storage. Yes you read correct; a 32 GB USB 2.0 flash drive that you can carry around in your pocket. Crazy isn’t it?
In Febuary 2007 we reviewed the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, and then 6 months later in July 2007, Corsair sent a 8GB version of their new GT Flash Voyager USB 2.0 memory drive. The difference between the GT Flash Voyager and the regular Flash Voyager was the color (red vs blue) and more importantly the speed. The GT series (red) was optimized for speed over the regular Flash Voyager (blue). Early units of the 8 GB blue Voyager were actually GT’s in disguise, which we were made aware of when we published our reviews and found similar performance. Now let’s see what 32 GB’s of storage is all about.
Compatibility and Features
Sometimes it is easier to conceptualize the vast size of this Flash Drive with real things that people would actually carry. Corsair claims that you can hold approximately 9900 JPG at 6MB per image, or 13 hours of MPEG 2 Video at 5Mbps-30fps, or 152hours of MPEG 4 video at 384 Kbps – 15fps or 8000 MP3’s at 128kbps. Any way you look at it, 32GB enables you to carry around a whole lot of stuff in your pocket. The Voyager is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, & ME, Mac 9.X and later, and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or higher. There is also encryption software called TrueCrypt included with the Voyager which offers fully featured file encryption that claims to be far superior than creating a separate secure partition on the Flash Voyager.
Corsair tops this all off with a 10 year warranty. Usually electronics these days only come with at most a 1year warrantee unless you buy the rip off “Extended Warrantee”.
What’s in the Box
The packaging of the product has not changed any over the last couple years.
The 32 GB Flash Voyager comes with the exact same stuff as the ones we reviewed in 2007. The USB extension cable, and the cheesy looking lanyard are still standard issue.
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