Corsair is famous for their memory products. The latest in their USB Flash drive line up is the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 series. This series comes in three flavours, a 8GB / 16GB / 32GB. The 16GB (model no.: CMFVY3-16GB) will be our focus in this review.
Firstly you can’t go pass the looks. The Corsair USB drives in general are good looking and maybe a bit flash (no pun intended). This model is teal green/almost blue on the sides, with the rest of the body in black and the writing in yellow and white. The finish is the usual Corsair rubberized finish, which is easy to grip and will not get dirty as fast. This outer casing is also used to absorb bumps and knocks, which makes the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 shock resistant (to a certain degree). Here are some photo’s of the Voyager in its original packaging and unpacked:
The recommended retail price for the drive in Australia is $79 (yes we know, it’s expensive!), but you can pick it up from most stores (online and retail) for around $38 to $65. We picked ours up for $45, which was the cheapest (and closest to home :P) in Perth, WA. The drive is available in the states through Amazon for US$41.52.
The first thing to note about this drive is that it is USB 3.0. This is the newest version of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. I am not sure if it is backwards compatible with USB 1.0 as there is no such claim on the corsair website. The speeds are claimed to be 4 times faster than USB 2.0 drives. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm this as at the time writing this review as we do not have any USB 3.0 capable PC/Laptops to test these claims. Based on this, we will state the speeds using the older USB 2.0 (which most of us should still have).
The flash drive has 16GB of storage, which equates to approximately 15.GB of usable space (because of the way memory/usb/hard drive manufacturers state their total space in advertising). The drive comes formatted, as most devices do now days and as soon as we plugged it into Windows 7, it was automatically detected and the correct drivers installed.
After a few hours of testing, the drive is definitely faster than the previous USB 2.0 standard drives. We have a Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16gb prior to this, which was USB 2.0 and had died (well, we accidentally broke it… :)) and this newer Flash Voyager USB 3.0, despite being used on a USB 2.0 computer was faster in reading and writing compared to the old Voyager GT 16GB usb drive. The drive would fly through any large files, with continuous reading or writing while the smaller files, like for most drives, it slowed down a bit but was still faster than my old 16GB Voyager GT.
In conclusion, I would recommend this drive, if you are looking for a good mix between performance and price. It is fast enough to use as a regular back up device and transferring smaller files (larger files are very fast) while at the same time will keep your data secure with its shock proof design.
– Random Reviews Team –
*UPDATE* – 3rd April 2017
Nearly 6 years later and this little USB drive is still going strong and my go to for quick transfers on USB 3!