For years now Corsair has been on the forefront of leading flash drive innovations, which started with their Flash Voyager series but quickly expanded into their Flash Voyager GT, Flash Survivor GT, and Flash PadLock series. We've reviewed them all and Corsair has certainly had some talented engineers working on these products from the Flash Survivor GT that withstood being submerged into the bottom of a pool, being boiled in a pot of water, and beaten by a hammer to the Flash PadLock, which has a physical lock that will present the flash drive from being mounted unless the appropriate key sequence is entered. While they continue to face new competition -- primarily from OCZ Technology, which has many different innovative flash drives as well such as the Rally 2 Turbo, ATV Turbo, and Mega-Kart -- Corsair Memory continues to excel and release new flash products. Corsair's latest additions to their Flash Voyager GT family are 16GB and 32GB editions. At hand today we are looking at the Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive.
28 April 2008 - 3 Comments
OCZ Technology has certainly had an impressive array of USB flash drives over the past few years, but they haven't stopped there. OCZ is continuing to revise their flash drive series and their most recently example of that is the Rally 2 Turbo. We found the original OCZ Rally to be fast, but the Rally 2 Turbo claims to take data transferring to incredible new heights with its latest dual-channel technology offering up to 35MB/s reads and 30MB/s writes. Like the original Rally, the Rally 2 Turbo is encased inside an aluminum chassis and comes with a lifetime warranty.
31 March 2008 - 2 Comments
The last time we had looked at a SilverStone drive enclosure at Phoronix was in early 2006 when reviewing the SilverStone Storage MS02. This 2.5" IDE hard drive enclosure with a USB 2.0 interface met the SilverStone standards we have come to expect both when it comes to the build quality as well as its looks and performance. With the changing times and increased adoption of Serial ATA, SilverStone recently introduced their MS05, which supports 2.5" SATA drives while this aluminum enclosure has both a eSATA and USB 2.0 interface along with having a 3.5" docking station.
1 December 2007 - 2 Comments
Back in May we looked at the Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB. This was Corsair's newest flash series at the time and instead of continuing with the memory speed race, the Flash Survivor GT focused upon being very durable. In our review of the Flash Survivor GT, we had thrown it to the bottom of a pool, severely beat it with a hammer, and boiled it in water, but at the end of the day, it performed like new with barely any signs of damage. Less than a month later at Computex Taipei 2007, at the OCZ private suite we came across their ATV Turbo series. We finally have this new OCZ flash drive in our labs and have tested it out in this review.
20 November 2007
Last month we looked at the Vitesta DDR2-800 Extreme memory from A-DATA Technology. In that review we found that this DDR2 system memory worked very well and we were pleased with the results. However, in addition to their DRAM module selection they also have a growing selection of flash memory products. A-DATA has separate flash drive series geared for mobility, sport, classic, and themes. At hand today we have the A-DATA Classic PD18 to see if their flash products are as good as their system memory selection.
15 November 2007
Corsair is known for their high-performance system memory and for the past two years or so, we have seen very innovative flash products from this memory leader. The Corsair Flash Voyager marked the era of waterproof flash drives only to be succeeded by the Flash Voyager GT. Both of these USB flash drive series not only performed great and handled all of our durability tests, but it was also backed by a ten-year warranty and official support for Linux. Earlier this year, however, Corsair redefined durable flash drives by unleashing the Flash Survivor GT. In our premiere review of the Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB, the flash drive was not only fast but had withstood our harsh torture treatment, which consisted of letting the Flash Survivor GT rest at the bottom of an 8 foot deep pool, smashing it with a hammer, and even boiled it in a pot of water. At the end of the day, the Corsair Flash Survivor GT continued to operate like it was brand new with its leading performance edge. Today at Phoronix we are testing out Corsair's latest flash memory product, which claims to offer affordable security for your data via a hardware-based lock. This product at hand is the Corsair Flash PadLock and in this review we go as far as taking apart the entire flash drive to look at its locking mechanism.
2 September 2007 - 1 Comment
Last month we had reviewed the Corsair Survivor GT and found it to be one amazing flash drive. This flash drive offered an 8GB capacity backed by blazing speeds, but if that wasn't enough, the drive was indestructible. We had tossed the Survivor GT into a pool, whacked it with a hammer, and even boiled it in a pot of water, but none of these actions had killed or even damaged the drive. Today we are back with another flash drive review from Corsair but this time around, it's the Flash Voyager GT, or the step-up from the Corsair Flash Voyager.
13 June 2007
We threw it into an eight-foot deep chlorinated pool, boiled it in water for several minutes, and even beat it with a hammer, but was the Corsair Flash Survivor GT able to cope with all of these torturous events?
23 May 2007
While you may be asking yourself why we bothered to look at a 256MB flash drive, we decided to examine the Corsair Flash Voyager 256MB as it appeals to a variety of different users from those wanting to run a mini Linux LiveUSB distribution or to using this storage device for other purposes where a large storage capacity drive really isn't needed. The Flash Voyager 256MB also sells for less than $10 USD, which could make this an ideal stocking stuffer for almost any computer user. With that said, we decided to take a quick look at the CMFUSB2.0-256 today on Phoronix.
23 April 2007
Whether you're a professional photographer or just a digital camera enthusiast, the last thing you want to run into when traveling or just away from home is forgetting or losing your memory card reader, but with OCZ's latest product you no longer need to worry. The OCZ Trifecta is a memory card that complies with Secure Digital specifications but can be inserted into any USB 2.0 port. If a Secure Digital memory card that can be inserted into a normal USB port is not enough, the OCZ Trifecta is also a microSD card! In this review we will explore the OCZ Trifecta Secure Digital 1GB as we look at how it works and seeing how it can function as a normal memory card.
10 April 2007
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