updated 01:20 pm EDT, Sat September 10, 2011
Corsair Flash Voyager, Survivor get faster USB
Corsair finished the week with USB 3.0 versions of its three core USB thumb drives. The regular Flash Voyager, boosted Flash Voyager GT, and ruggedized Flash Survivor all have both more theoretical and real speed gains. The Voyager GT is as much as four times faster when on USB 3.0 and can hit up to 135MB per second in read speeds and 83MB per second in writes, giving it speed closer to a dedicated solid-state drive.
The regular Voyager also gets an opportunity to slim down with the interface change, becoming a full inch shorter and slightly narrower. Both it and the GT are semi-rugged with rubber housing, but the Survivor is designed for extreme conditions and can stay in water up to 656 feet deep with extra shock resistance.
Every drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, though not 1.0 due to USB 3.0's limits. Linux and Mac users can run it alongside Windows, although they won't get the full speed until complete USB 3.0 hardware and software support arrives.
Prices start from as little as $17 for an 8GB Flash Voyager through to $129 for a 64GB Flash Voyager GT, although the prices of the standard Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor are kept low by topping out at 16GB of storage. All of the drives should be available now at both online and physical stores.