Review of Corsair Flash Voyager Mini 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive


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Up for review today I’ve got the Corsair Flash Voyager Mini which is a 16gb USB 3.0 flash drive. This drive looks nice with a metal brushed housing and it does have decent read speeds but sadly the write speeds are horrible. Read on to learn more..

Specifications and Features

Corsair Flash Voyager Mini 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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The tiny USB flash drive with full-size USB 3.0 performance
Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 is the tiny USB flash drive with full-size USB 3.0 performance. The USB 3.0 connector allows for optimal file transfer speed with the latest systems, and it’s fully compatible with USB 2.0. It comes with a detachable loop for attaching to your key ring, and the durable brushed metal housing resists wear and tear.

USB 3.0 performance
It’s small, but it gives you full-size speed. Enjoy optimized performance when it’s connected to a USB 3.0 port.

USB 2.0 compatibility
Its works with USB 2.0 ports, too.

Compact size
At just 1.25” (32mm) long, it goes almost anywhere and you won’t think about it when you’re not using it.

Brushed metal housing
The sleek design protects your data and resists wear and tear. The logo is laser-etched, so it won’t rub off.

Key ring convenience
The Mini comes with a rubber strap and metal loop for attaching to your key ring. You might never say “I left my USB flash drive at home” again.

Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.4 x 4.5 inches ; 0.2 ounces

Price: $14.99 (from Corsair at time of review)

Price: $14.99 (from Amazon at time of review)

The Review


The packaging for the Corsair Mini Flash Voyager is just a cardboard card really with specs and features listed on the back for you.

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Inside you’ll only find the flash drive and a warranty card.

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The drive itself is very small at about 2.5 x 0.25 x .5 inches overall, but the drive itself is only about 1.25 inches long and weighing in at about .2 ounces maybe. The front has the Corsair log while the back has certifications and capacity listed. The drive housing is made of metal so it should be durable and there’s a rubber strap attached to it with a key ring attached to that so you can easily take it with you.

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The end is the USB connection which is colored blue to signify USB 3.0.

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I did some quick testing with the drive and I don’t have any other USB 3.0 drives for comparison so this is basically to see what the speeds are I can get and to compare it to USB 2.0.

The main test I ran was ATTO Disk Benchmark..

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Obviously we know USB 3.0 is faster than USB 2.0, and according to my testing it’s about twice as fast in terms of read speeds. I hit 44mb/s on USB 2.0 and 82MB/s on USB 3.0.

Write speeds though are horribly slow just hitting about 9MB/s on USB 2.0 and barely getting over 10 MB/s on USB 3.0.

I ran the tests numerous times and came up with the same result, but one time I did hit 11 MB/s for write speeds, not that that is much better than 10 really.

I also ran Crystal Diskmark and came up with 83MB/s for read and 10MB/s for write on USB 3.0 so that corresponds with ATTO.

I also ran Diskbench with various file sizes and mixtures of files and folders. One was a video file at around 900mb, an ISO file at about 3.2gb and a full folder with 874 files and folders in it at about 3.2gb. I only rant he write test there as I wanted to be sure of the speeds and averaged between 9MB/s and 10MB/s as well.

 

Conclusion

Read speeds for the Corsair Mini Voyager are decent overall but the write speeds are just abysmally slow.

The drive itself is well made of metal but I’m not sure about that rubber strap attached to it, I would much rather have just the ring connected right to the drive itself.

Is the drive worth it? Maybe if all you care about is read speeds…

Pros:
+Looks nice
+Decent read speeds
+Relatively inexpensive

Cons:
-Horribly slow write speeds
-Not sure about rubber strap

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Grading

Scores Out of 10
Overallscore-7-10
Design / Aestheticscore-9-10
Value / Pricescore-8-10
Performance / Usagescore-4-10

Disclosure: I purchased this product for my own uses and felt a review would be helpful to consumers.

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