Review: Corsair Flash Voyager Mini

Tiny, transportable, USB flash drive from Corsair. (February 2nd, 2009)

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Product Manufacturer: Corsair

Price: $29.99 US

The Good

  • Durable flash drive. Water resistant and shock proof. Takes up little real estate when next to other USB ports. Perfect for business people and frequent travelers. 10-year Limited Warranty.

The Bad

  • So small it is easy to lose. It sometimes stalled when transferring multiple large files. May seem locked in place, when it is not.

There are probably thousands of different USB sticks available in the PC and Mac market. What differentiates these simple storage products is the design and packaging.

The 4GB (gigabytes) Flash Voyager Mini by Corsair does exactly what they claim, unlike other portable storage devices. Protected on three sides by a blue and black rubberized case, it is tiny, durable, and perfect for people who travel. While 4GB is not enough room to transport your music collection or all of your favorite family movies, it is perfect for image-heavy slide show presentations and tons of documents.

 Flash Voyager Mini screen

Storage Estimates Courtesy of Corsair

The slim cap-less retractable plug easily fits in crowded USB ports where space for new devices is at a premium; because it is 1/3 the size of most USB drives. Unlike other USB sticks, the actual connector slides in and out with the push of a button.

 Flash Voyager Mini screen

Flash Voyager Mini Closed

Even though the push button seems to lock when open or closed, I found that if something, such as a book, pushes against it in just the right way, it can be pushed open when stored in a bag or pocket. In addition, a couple of times when the USB connector was exposed, as I tried to connect it to the computer, it felt locked, but wasn't and slid back into the case. The strong strap can attach the device to keys, cell phones, or anything with a small hook or strap opening.

 Flash Voyager Mini screen

Flash Voyager Mini Open

Much like other flash drives it is simple to drag documents onto the device or drag them off onto your computer. The plug and play feature worked flawlessly. It ships formatted with the FAT32 file system, and it can be reformatted for the Mac format, but it works just fine out of the package on the Mac. Corsair notes that the Flash Voyager Mini will work with: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows ME. On the Mac, it is compatible with Mac OS 9.x and above as well as with Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or higher. I plugged the device in to both a Windows Vista laptop as well as a Mac with Mac OS X. The device functioned fine on both systems. It also works when connected to an older USB 1.1 or 2.0 port. Files transferred fluidly and easily, for the most part. It froze only once during use and that was upon trying to move multiple videos onto the device from a Windows Vista operating system.

No bigger than your first thumb knuckle, and weighing only 5.4 grams, I worried that it might get lost if it became unclipped from my keys. However, the clip stayed strong and the nonskid grip kept it in every backpack pocket in which I placed it. I also tested the supposed durability and water resistance of the device. Despite my best efforts of standing on it as well as splashing it with water (while not plugged in to the computer), I was unable to make the device malfunction. I don't suggest submerging it in water, but I wouldn't recommend that with any electronic devices.

 Flash Voyager Mini screen

Flash Voyager Mini Up Close

Flash Voyager mini rates a 4 out of 5 stars for being durable, easy to use and extremely portable. It loses a star for crashing when trying to handle lots of video, and for not securely locking in the open position a couple of times. It is so small you may worry about losing the device every time you leave the house or office.

by Rachael Smith and Ilene Hoffman


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