Pros: Love the flip-type design and the fact that the USB plug retracts into the case no plastic or rubber caps to worry about loosing. The amount of space on this is a great plus, plenty large enough to use as a back-up drive. Price point for the size is respectable. Blue activity light that isn't overly annoying... I do prefer Blue over other colors for these indicators.
Cons: As a USB 3.0 device goes the write rates are terrible. As the size would be a good choice for back-ups I could not suggest using it as such, the writing of the back-up would take an eternity in computer terms. To rule out the possibility that it could be my PC I tested the performace of this and another Corsair drive I hade from a while back that was also USB 3.0 on both Ubuntu and Windows machines... the results were quite conclusive. Could this be a firmware issue?
Overall Review: Well.... seems it can be read from at a reasonable rate... but it seriously lacks in the write category. For comparison I included results from a Voyager GT that I also have... and it beat the socks of this Voyager LS. I was so totally startled by the initial results of the first benchmark I did on the Voyager LS, that I had to Benchmark another 3.0 drive for comparison as I knew the numbers were off from what they should be. As benchmarked by the Disk Utility on Ubuntu 12.04 64Bit... Maximum read rates were virtually identical for both the Voyager GT and the Voyager LS USB 3.0 drives at 123.9 Mb/s and 124.5 Mb/s respectively. The Maximum write rates tell all however, with the GT peaking at 100.4 Mb/s and the LS only limping in with 49.5 Mb/s... barely performing any better than a USB 2.0 drive. I performed four tests on each drive on two different pc's one running 32Bit and one running 64Bit and I used the best of the tests for comparison and both seemed to perform the best on the 64bit box.
As benchmarked by CrystalDiskMark on my 32Bit Win7 box... the Voyager LS faired no better, doing barely half as well as the GT, with Sequential read rate of 77.25MB/s compared to the GT's 125.3MB/s and write rate of 35.95 MB/s compared to the GT's 90.92 MB/s.
If you need to archive photos or music this drive would suffice... but don't expect to transfer large files too quickly, certainly not at USB 3.0 speeds.
Pros: - Aluminum protective shell
- Self-retracting USB connector when 'closing' it
- Blue LED activity light is not obnoxiously bright
- 5yr warranty...is that a PRO?
Cons: - Potentially just a bit too bulky to sit it next to another USB stick if they were side by side (width-wise)
- While the self-retracting feature is nice, I still prefer physical caps to cover the interface. This particular unit only retracts it and then generally hides it behind the aluminum cover, but by no means is it enclosed. Look at the 3rd picture in the gallery above.
- Does not like all USB3 chipsets
- Significantly underwhelming write speeds. Overall average write speeds are in the 23-24MB/s ballpark. And if you work with a lot of files that are smaller than 256K, forget it! And if they're small files in a compressed format like JPG, ZIP, RAR? Hahahah! Just stop reading now because you'll be dead long before it writes 128GB of those file types.
- I'm suspicious of a 5yr warranty, meaning that it seems short. Why should these devices get such short warranties but their SDRAM gets a lifetime warranty? I can think of various reasons, none of which endow me with a sense of functional longevity for this device.
Overall Review: Thinking of "PROS" was a bit tough. There wasn't really anything to make it stand out from the growing field of higher capacity memory sticks.
And now the 'not so good' and outright 'bad' news.
I tested this on 3 different systems, each with a different USB3 chipset, all with the most current driver available from mfg. The stick was plugged directly into the motherboard slot or connector on the PCIe card. The following write/read numbers will be the average MB/s based on an evenly distributed sample set of files from 256K to 8MB.
PC1 is a Core i7 3930K, ASMedia USB3 chipset
Write: 25.23 --- Read: 101.62
PC2 is a Phenom II X4 975, NEC/Renesas USB3 chipset
Write: 24.06 --- Read: 114.68
PC3 is a Core2Quad Q6600, Fresco Logic FL1000 USB3 chipset
Write: 23.75 --- Read: 112.83
Average of those three sets of data... Write: 24.34MB/s --- Read: 109.71MB/s
On the Fresco Logic I was getting constant disconnect/reconnects. I have 6 other brands of USB3 devices and none of them exhibit this behavior on this controller. Although from what I can tell, as long as the drive was active, such as during benchmarking, it was fine in terms of not disconnecting.
So where does that leave us? Well, if we consider that the theoretical maximum data transfer on USB 2.0 is 480Mbit/s (60MByte/s), the read speed is definitely USB3-qualified, but it's barely working at USB2 speeds when you need to load this thing up with data. And therein lies the big rub for me. If I have 128GB that I need on a portable device, at speeds this slow, it's gonna be a one-time only gig because I don't want to wait more than once for that data to be written. And I think it's rare that MOST people truly have 128GB they're gonna store on a USB stick. Maybe for storing multiple, complete system images that have everything ready to go? Otherwise, I'll save a couple of bucks (and LOTS of time) by getting a 64GB SATA2 SSD and an external USB3 case, at the minor expense of not-quite-as-portable-but-still-pocketable size.
I have somewhat of a hard time finding a good place for USB sticks of this capacity. Yes, the size is nice, but when you objectively look at the situation, are you really going to fill all that space on a consistent basis? I don't think so.
I'd say that since the read speeds are decent, you could use this with ReadyBoost in the Win7/8 environment. But I'd still have a hard time deciding to use this instead of a smaller capacity USB stick. The only other use I can think of off the top of my head would be for long term storage instead of using Blu-Ray discs or (much more less-expensive per MB) conventional HDDs.
Overall this unit gets 3-eggs. The irritatingly slow write speed coupled with questionable functionality across all USB3 chipsets definitely take it down a couple notches. If I really needed this much external capacity, I'd kick in another $22 or so and get a 120GB SSD & a USB3 external case. (Example: N82E16820211602 + N8
Pros: No software to mess with, preformatted FAT32, ready for any system
Rubberized and aluminum housing is pretty tough
Cons: Thin strap
A little bulky
Ring & strap are not very secure
Overall Review: This USB flash drive by Corsair is pretty nice. It’s a little on the bulky side, as when I plugged it into a port next to another device it was a little too snug for comfort (it’s 7/16” at its thickest point). It has a pretty nifty mechanism to retract the stick up into the body while you turn it. I’m not sure what the point is other than it being nifty. I could definitely see that mechanism wearing out over time. The lights are pleasant to look at, but seem to be on the wrong side of the drive for all the ports I plugged it into (resulting in the lights facing away from the user). The ring which attaches the strap to the body is not fully closed, and the tiny thin strap can come off of it without terribly much fiddling, so beware. I would (and usually do with all my flash drives) just put my own keyring on it.
On to what really matters. I like that this drive doesn’t come with any bloatware preinstalled. It’s formatted to FAT32 and ready to go right out of the box. Speaking of the box, there’s a warranty paper and not much else (5 year manufacturer’s warranty). But what else do you really need? I plugged this guy into both USB 2.1 and 3.0 ports for speed tests, and must say, while obviously the 3.0 speeds were much higher, the write speeds weren’t much to “write” home about. The USB 3.0 read speeds were much better, hovering around 100 MB/s. See the rest of the speed results below.
Overall I thought this was a great drive, does its job and with a little style. It could have been slightly less bulky, and with some better write speeds, but overall a solid 4 egg rating.
Speed Tests (files copied to/from a Velociraptor 300GB hard drive)
USB 2.0 writes:
202 MB file: 11 seconds = 18.4 MB/s
2.3 GB file: 220 seconds = 10.5 MB/s
254 photos (1.1 GB) = 90 seconds = 12.2 MB/s
USB 2.0 reads:
202 MB file: 7 seconds = 28.8 MB/s
2.3 GB file: 76 seconds = 30.3 MB/s
254 photos (1.1 GB) = 38 seconds = 28.9 MB/s
USB 3.0 writes:
202 MB file: 8 seconds = 25.3 MB/s
2.3 GB file: 124 seconds = 18.5 MB/s
254 photos (1.1 GB) = 72 seconds = 15.3 MB/s
USB 3.0 reads:
202 MB file: 2 seconds = 101.0 MB/s
2.3 GB file: 23 seconds = 100.0 MB/s
254 photos (1.1 GB) = 11 seconds = 100.0 MB/s
Pros: - Nice Design: I really like the rubberized casing of this thumb drive. While there are no moving parts internally, I assume this would help with impact shock absorption. The additional aluminum cover is a nice add-on to, but help project the connector. I really like the retractable design and it's construction feels solid.
- Low Priced (About a buck per GB)
Cons: The USB 3.0 write speeds were not impressive. While they were faster than the USB 2.0 speeds, they still were much slower than expected.
Overall Review: I ran benchmark tests with CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64. While the read speeds were a pretty big difference, the write speeds were lower than expected for USB 3.0. My test results are below:
Sequential Read: 82.71 MB/s, Sequential Write: 10.59 MB/s
512K Read: 77.94 MB/s, 512K Write: 0.796 MB/s
4K Read: 8.206 MB/s, 4K Write: 0.082 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 8.879 MB/s, 4K QD32 Write: 0.053 MB/s
Sequential Read: 30.06 MB/s, Sequential Write: 8.766 MB/s
512K Read: 29.34 MB/s, 512K Write: 0.586 MB/s
4K Read: 5.386 MB/s, 4K Write: 0.038 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 5.397 MB/s, 4K QD32 Write: 0.050 MB/s
Overall, this is a nice, well designed USB thumb drive. However, I feel the total increase in USB 3.0 write speeds is under par to be a true USB 3.0 thumb drive. However, this device is priced cheap and Corsair is a trusted name in the memory industry. That being the case as well as many USB 2.0 drives falling in the same price range, this device is priced very well for what you are getting: - A USB 3.0 readable device, with slightly better than USB 2.0 write speeds.
Pros: This is a quality thumb drive, but distinctly not the fastest drive out. It shows off with a GREAT warranty placing it into the niche market of users who want to trust that their data will still be there in the years to come.
+Great Warranty from a trusted manufacturer
+Gorgeous Styling, Overall design screams top build quality. Okay, so its a USB thumbdrive, who needs it to LOOK pretty? Form vs Function it needs to be a great drive first, but it IS well built, which is icing on the cake for anyone. :)
+Good USB 3.0 read performance. see cons below...
Cons: -Disappointing USB3.0 write performance -using an Intel i5-3210 @ 2.5GHz laptop w USB 3.0 built in & win7-64bit I was only able to achieve USB 2.0 performance:
R (56.69 to 79.66 MBps) averaging 76.98 MBps
W (2.36 to 76.31 MBps) averaging only 17.91 MBps!
My speed tests were performed with MTI R/W Speed Test using a 2GB file written as you would a video file (ie. 5400 HD 10-bit Field) over 10 iterations. (CrystalDiskMarkk 3.0.3 x64 has already been posted by lambition)
-Durability -I put it on my keychain, and went for a jog, 5 minutes later the tiny ring between the cable and aluminum frame twisted and separated. If I had not been paying attention when I pulled my keys from my pocket I would have missed it fall to the ground! Nothing else was in my pocket. The cable, case, and key ring attachment are very high build quality both in style and strength. As such it is odd that they would use a tiny link as you might see on a necklace to hold the cable to the aluminum chasis of the drive. It is the weakest link. I removed it, and ran the cable through the same hole, creating a J-loop. Presto, a solid and safe attachment. No issues 2 weeks later.
Overall Review: -Drive is excellent for files that are rarely written to, but frequently read from. I think this will be my favorite drive for Win7/8 & Ubuntu installs! :) Off to make a multi-boot thumb drive...
-Drive is adequate for recording 1080P video to, but don't expect it to be an internal SSD drive equivalent. It stands squarely as a 'thumb drive' and should be used as such.
-I have personally had several thumb drives from other manufacturers fail while carrying important files. Having that 5 year warranty goes a long way toward making up for lower speed performance. Of course there is the GT line for those who must get their speed fix while keeping the warranty!
-Despite this great warranty, I would NEVER suggest using a thumb drive, or any SINGLE disk as a backup solution! put your data into several locations for real security.
-The Voyager line by Corsair comes in 3 specific models, GT, GS, and LS. Names aside the LS is the most elegant, while the GT comes as the fastest (190 MBps R, 150 MBps W on the 128GB version). Also while the GT and GS lines are speed rated, the LS line is NOT. Everyone of the products is a good deal for a high speed USB 3.0 thumb drive as they come with a 5 year warranty. Note Corsair is filling the niche market for quality-speed-elegance-AND warranty. There are lots of other choices out there but not many that hit all these points.
Pros: So this is my first review of a USB drive. Corsair is a good brand for USB storage; I’ve used many of their products in the past. At the price point of this particular drive, there are other, cheaper, options available for the consumer. Corsair is trying to fill a niche of durability, and so that’s what I’m going to be testing.
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a computer to test the USB 3.0 speeds… I thought my work computer had USB 3.0. Regardless, here’s what I found on 2.0:
Copy files to the stick:
250 files, about 2.5 megs a piece: 8.5 MB/s – 10 MB/s
1 File, 1.5 gigs: 8.5 MB/s- 10 MB/s
1 file, 100 megs: 13MB/s – 25MB/s
Paste files from the stick:
250 picture files, about 2.5 megs a piece: 140 MB/s – 150 MB/s
1 File, 1.5 gigs: 400 MB/s
1 file, 100 megs: Fast enough that the windows prompt doesn’t even show. I.E. instantaneous
I tested this out with an older USB 2.0 drive that I had, and the speed differences were notable. The Corsair drive was anywhere between 10x – 20x faster in all cases. But that’s really not what this drive is about. I’m sure that most drives available today would perform similarly, in terms of read/write speeds.
So, now we enter the durability phase. Corsair is advertising this USB drive as being durable. One thing I’d like to note is that the male USB interface automatically retracts when you rotate / close it, and vice versa when you open it; this prevents it from being bent accidentally. Also, the housing, itself, seems pretty rugged. The drive, itself, is encased in a hard rubber, and I think the metal clip it’s in is aluminum? I’m not certain on that, so don’t quote me! :)
Here’s what I’ve done to stress test its durability: I’ve dropped it from 4’-0” (to simulate if it just slipped out of your hand), dropped it from 1 story, 2 stories, and 3 stories. It still worked just fine. I also attached it to my key ring with my car/house keys, and repeat. It still worked just fine. This thing is pretty durable.
Cons: The only cons to this device is the cost. I believe that it's more durable that it's cheaper competitors, so you need to consider just what exactly you need in a USB drive.
Overall Review: My day job is Structural Engineering, and one of the aspects of that is being out in the field inspecting bridges currently being used. I would recommend this drive to anyone who needs to have electronic files on hand during times where the drive might be damaged (i.e. when I’m out in the field). If you’re looking for a drive to just store files on as a backup and keep it in a desk, or pass files onto someone else, then you may want to save a few bucks and consider getting one of the cheaper ones.
Pros: Lots of storage, 32 GB
Fat32 formatted from factory
Fits snug in USB port
Cons: Disappointing speed
Overall Review: All in all this is a great flash drive if you are just looking for storage size as the speed of this drive was a bit disappointing.
Pros: 64GB, USB 3.0, and Retractable USB Port.
Stainless steel casing protect USB port when it is closed.
Cons: Writing speed is very disappointing.
I tested read and write speed with CrystalDiskMarkk 3.0.3 x64. Read and write 1000MB 5 times for each setting.
Sequential Read: 43.77 MB/s, Sequential Write: 15.92 MB/s
512K Read: 41.56 MB/s, 512K Write: 0.680 MB/s
4K Read: 6.982 MB/s, 4K Write: 0.025 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 7.253 MB/s, 4K QD32 Write: 0.028 MB/s
Sequential Read: 34.73 MB/s, Sequential Write: 13.68 MB/s
512K Read: 33.73 MB/s, 512K Write: 0.589 MB/s
4K Read: 5.386 MB/s, 4K Write: 0.025 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 5.521 MB/s, 4K QD32 Write: 0.034 MB/s
As you can see in test result, reading takes slight advantage of USB 3.0. However, writing does not take any advantage of USB 3.0.
Overall, there is not that big of performance different between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.
Another problem I see is that there is no locking mechanism for the case. Stainless steel part of the case rotates to close USB drive. However, it will not stay in closed position and it opens in pocket easily. All they needed to add is a little bump to keep it closed.
Overall Review: For the price and capacity of this USB drive it is worth the money. However, if you are expecting USB 3.0 performance, look for different drive.
Fast microSD card and small microSD reader will be about same speed as this drive in smaller and thinner size.