Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager Mini USB 2.0 Flash Drive CMFUSBMINI-4GB
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- Water Resistant
- Ultra Portable
- Cap-less retractable connector plug
- Shock proof housing
- Plug-n-Play compatibility via USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
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The Flash Voyager Mini utilizes a cap-less retractable connector plug which easily opens with the flick of the thumb, and its ergonomic rubberized housing makes it easy to connect and disconnect from any computer. This makes it the perfect flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles. Utilizing the latest Chip-on-Board technology the Flash Voyager Mini is the perfect synergy of size, looks and function. Capacity: 4GB. Plug-n-Play functionality in Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9, X.
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Size: small. retracted, it's 1.5" long.
Performance and compatibility: very good. i only use the drive for data transfer between machines. i've never had any complaints or issues with using the drive on Windows XP, Vista, or OS X. writes and reads are very good.
Durability and Build Quality: this is why i'm giving the drive 2 stars. i put this drive on my keychain and goes into my pocket everyday, and over the past 8 months, the following things have happened:
1. the original metal clasp snapped around week 3. that was ok, since i then put the keychain directly into that rubber hole.
2. the rubber is glued to the plastic unit. . .that started to pull away. somewhere around 5 months.
3. the rubber around the hole is starting to tear. 7 months.
4. lastly,the biggest malfunction is retractable tip no longer locks into place. 8 months.
Support: i have submitted an RMA request with Corsair, and i will update this review with my experience.
Support Update (Feb 25): I received the replacement (a new unit) yesterday after sending the defective unit. I was a little surprised to see how 'solid' a new unit is compared to the one that I sent in. I hope it holds up better than the old one. I've been impressed with their responsiveness over email. I am lucky that they are located in Fremont, so the turnaround time was very quick. I'd give Corsair 5 stars for support.
Feb 13: Email to Corsair describing issue
Feb 13: Received response, replied again using web-based form.
Feb 13: Received RMA number
Feb 18: Sent defective unit ($1.00 shipping, First-Class uninsured)
Feb 19: Email confirming receipt of defective unit.
Feb 23: Notification of shipment of replacement via UPS Ground
Feb 24: Receipt of replacement. New unit in retail packaging.
However, while this has not been an issue so far, I do worry about the USB contacts. Unlike other USB drives, this one is completely exposed. You can see from the product pictures that there is a gold colored contact. This is similar to all other USB drives that have this, except most USB drives then cover this with a metal shell that protects the contacts. You know, the one where you can never tell which way is up? (why do we almost always pick the wrong side?) Anyway, this does not have the shell, and the base the contacts are embedded in is plastic and feels very fragile.
The contacts do slide back into the rubberized case, so they are not exposed when not in use, but the whole contact base and sliding business is plastic, and cheap feeling plastic. Just be careful when you have it plugged into your computer, as I fear it could snap off it hit a bit too hard.
Imagine my surprise when I tested it and was still able to read all the files on it. I also loaded this comment on it and could read it back to copy into this field.
I don't know how many wash cycles the drive survived, but it was wedged so hard under the agitator that it must have survived at least one cycle. Maybe I won't trust it with my most important files (not before checking write/read for each one!), but it sure seems indestructible.
The only reason for not giving it five stars is the risk of losing such a small thing. Maybe I should have kept it on my key chain.
I also own the Flash Voyager full-size version, 1 GB.
I like the small size, but I dislike how you can't tell which way you should insert the USB stick. Sometimes I insert it one way but only to find out I have to insert it a different way - every computer has a different way or orienting the USB port. I don't think knowing this (or realizing it) ahead of time would prevent me from buying it, but it shows there's an issue with the way USB ports were designed.
As far as speed, I didn't measure it, but it appears to be faster than my original Flash Voyager.
I think another reason I like the Flash Voyager line is that the flash drives seem to be reliable. I haven't had the issues my classmates occasionally have.
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