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CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

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4 out of 5 eggsGood quality and decent performance

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Metallic case feels very secure and durable.
Very light, and well designed.
Large 32GB storage space is plenty for several applications.
USB 3.0 capability.
Good read performance on USB 3.0, excellent read performance on USB 2.0.

Cons: Rather slow write speeds.

Other Thoughts: Corsair 32GB
USB 3.0

Sequential Read :155.0
Sequential Write:21.40
Random Read 512KB:132.3
Random Write 512KB:0.600
Random Read 4KB:9.149
Random Write 4KB:0.021
Random Read 4KB QD32:8.821
Random Write 4KB QD32:0.025

USB 2.0

Sequential Read :35.85
Sequential Write:13.71
Random Read 512KB:35.04
Random Write 512KB:0.589
Random Read 4KB:5.450
Random Write 4KB:0.021
Random Read 4KB QD32:5.516
Random Write 4KB QD32:0.022

Patriot Supersonic 64GB
USB 3.0

Sequential Read :205.9
Sequential Write:49.51
Random Read 512KB:156.5
Random Write 512KB:1.715
Random Read 4KB:8.686
Random Write 4KB:0.078
Random Read 4KB QD32:8.579
Random Write 4KB QD32:0.074

USB 2.0

Sequential Read :35.81
Sequential Write:29.81
Random Read 512KB:34.53
Random Write 512KB:1.557
Random Read 4KB:5.303
Random Write 4KB:0.108
Random Read 4KB QD32:5.243
Random Write 4KB QD32:0.092


For this review I put the Corsair flash drive up against the Patriot Supersonic 64GB, one of the highest performing and most expensive 64GB USB 3.0 flash drives on the market. I paid over $30 for it when I bought it wanting a high performing high quality drive. In addition the flash drive is more than twice the physical size of the Corsair drive. This makes it understandable why the Corsair flash drive couldn't quite match the Patriot flash drive in speed. However the Corsair flash drive does help make up for this in the fact that it is cheaper, and much much smaller. Some times when the Patriot flash drive is in a USB port nothing can go beside it if the ports are close together. That never happens with the Corsair flash drive.

While it was slower in read performance, it still performed very well and transferring typically is a very fast process. The greater problem comes with the write performance that even using USB 3.0 only manage about 21MB/s compared to the 49MB/s of the Patriot.

I decided to test USB 2.0 performance since its likely at some point a person buying this drive will plug it in a USB 2.0 port. On that side the read speed was excellent, but the write speed was still quite poor remaining less than half the speed of the Patriot flash drive.

Despite these short comings its still an excellent flash drive. Its not the best one on the market, but its still plenty fast for any kind of use that would be typically asked of it. In addition it feels very durable and I doubt as if it will ever break physically. Anyone hoping for a fast flash drive could do a lot worse than these drive.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 11/4/2014 1:14:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsMeh... ufortunately

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Nice size/form factor.
Seems it will still be reliable enough, and the metal casing SEEMS nice but...

Cons: ...the casing slide right off after one use in a "virgin" USB port. I had to slide it back on and squeeze the casing to stay on and now it's still loose and doesn't always detect. Metal is sadly flimsy. :(

Mediocre speeds, I have seen some USB 3.0 drives that are actually much worse, but I would say 3/10 for performance

Other Thoughts: Now I have to be careful to keep the casing sliding off and it not detecting. Corsair makes great products in general but this specific one I can't recommend

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2 out of 5 eggsDamaged after less than a week

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: updated review see below

Cons: This is an update to a previous review:

I was originally impressed with this drive until i got it out of my pocket today (less than a week old) to use and found the USB connector to be completely collapsed. Luckily I was able to bend it back and it will still function but I will not put it back on my key chain after that. I also did not put it through any uncommon use, just in my pocket over the weekend.

Now with the result of just one week of use and the failure to hold up to that coupled with the poor write speeds, this is now just a sub par USB 3.0 drive.

If your getting this for key-chain use i would not recommend it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We're sorry to hear about your Voyager Mini. Please contact us by submitting a ticket at corsair.force.com or giving us a call at 888-222-4346 and we'll be more than happy to replace your flash drive.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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1 out of 5 eggsVery poor, recommend against purchashing

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Very small, with a keychain ring attached

0.5" wide x 0.2" high x 1.4" long ( 2.5" long including strap)

Cons: It pains me to write this review because I know Corsair makes good products, I own quite a few including several other USB flash drives.

It is hit or miss whether this drive will even be detected. I tried every single USB port on several computers (both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports), and had about a 50% success rate of detection by just inserting it. Wiggling it around a bit got it to mount on a couple more ports, but who wants to risk that connection?

In USB 3.0 ports that is did connect with, it almost always connected at USB 2.0 speeds, posting the warning "This device can perform faster..." Even after finally getting to to connect as a USB 3.0 device, the performance was abysmal:

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 42.928 MB/s
Sequential Write : 15.192 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 41.087 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 10.882 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 5.988 MB/s [ 1461.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.484 MB/s [ 362.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 7.270 MB/s [ 1775.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.499 MB/s [ 365.8 IOPS]

Test : 100 MB [E: 0.0% (0.0/28.9 GB)] (x3)
Date : 2014/09/03 21:29:20
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

USB 3.0 speeds were only marginally better than USB 2.0:

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 34.156 MB/s
Sequential Write : 13.220 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 33.362 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 13.233 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 4.940 MB/s [ 1206.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.171 MB/s [ 285.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 5.500 MB/s [ 1342.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.416 MB/s [ 345.7 IOPS]

Test : 100 MB [E: 0.0% (0.0/28.9 GB)] (x3)
Date : 2014/09/07 10:49:56
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

I would like to note that I have several USB 3.0 devices that I have no problem using, so it's not my hardware that is issue.

Other Thoughts: Even if I got a unit with a bum connector, this item is still twice as expensive as other similar items here on Newegg, and it's claims of providing USB 3.0 speeds are quite a bit off the mark.

I'm sure Corsair will respond shortly apologizing for my bad experience, and if they want to swap this one with another one, I will be happy to test it and share the results, but based on other reviews, I don't expect the results to be any different.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood little Drive

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Very well designed. Tough construction. Extremely light and tiny. One of the best designed USB’s I’ve seen for keychain use. The Rubber used to attach to the Keychain swivels and stretches.

Cons: 2.0 speeds with some exceptions while writing. Decent read speeds.

Other Thoughts: So others have complained of “cheap construction”, I could not see it in the one I was sent. I squeezed it, tried to bend it and pulled on it. It held up great when applied to medium pressure on it. Obviously this tiny USB is not going to take a hammer strike but I personally feel if used and carried with normal use, it will be just fine in your pocket for a while.

I love the size and the Rubber strap. Some of the USB sticks I’ve used in the past are attached directly to the keying causing it to be ridged, or on a chain with no flex ability. Even the rubber swivels at the point it attaches to the USB stick. I feel this is designed as well as it could be while allowing for protection from almost any angle it gets crammed in or pulled in.

As far as the speed goes. That is the area where this is lacking. But keep in mind it’s a very portable drive so that does bring its advantages. While reading data it has decent speeds, coming in at around 150MBps on average.

But writes on the other hand are were this falls into the deep end. For small files (30 – 100MB) it’s almost instant. This device will burst through the first 100MB or so at great speeds and then fall down to about 21MBps instantly and stay there. So if you are planning on moving and using small files with this then you should be fine, but if you plan on actually using this to move large amounts of data just be sure to know the initial writes are going to be poor on this drive.

All that being said I love this drive. I love the design and the size. And while the speeds are a little slow, I can live with it. I was really hoping this drive would be a WIN-WIN for size and speed but I guess I’ll have to keep looking. Overall I would get this again or recommend it purely on the portability and design of this drive.

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5 out of 5 eggsWonderfully Tiny

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: I found this charming Flash Drive to be very useful and has a great amount of space for its size. I put it on my keychain, loaded some files on it, and forgot about it. It's so tiny that it's easy to forget about amid my myriad of keys. A very convenient pendrive.

I really like the rubber holder on this, made it easy to just grab my keys and tug, and the drive easily pops out of whatever system I use it on.

It's also a hearty little pendrive with it's metal body and the rubber holder is nice and thick with just the right amount of elasticity.

Transfer speeds are good whether it be USB 3.0 or USB 2.1.

Cons: On my heavy keys, I get concerned in the cases where this would hang off the computer and dangle in the air. I wish there was a quick-release function where the drive disconnects from the rubber. Short of that, this is a fine pendrive.

Other Thoughts: I love how useful it is to basically have a pendrive on me at all times that doesn't get in the way of my keys. I can't speak for everyone, but when I'm not home, I always have my keys with me.

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3 out of 5 eggsFinicky

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Size/Weight
Sleek Looking
Durable overall
Durable Finish - barely marked after spending a few weeks attached to my house keys.
Fair speeds considering its size
5 year warranty

Cons: Drive was very finicky.
Kept disconnecting during transfers.
Required the drive to be repaired after it disconnected/reconnected, but the repair would fail half the time typically requiring it to be physically removed from the USB slot and reinstalled.
Did not like my Vantec UGT-MH430U3 USB 3.0 hub which has worked flawlessly with countless other items. While using this hub is where I encountered the most problems.

Other Thoughts: For storage devices I typically put them through their paces on several different machines to see what they're about. Unfortunately this little bugger didn't want to work consistently enough for me to do so. It would work fine for a write transfer here, but then fail there; or vice versa.


I definitely don't have 'average' or 'low-end' PC's so I know that wasn't the problem.

When it did work the speed was more than acceptable when you consider how compact this thing is. Some may want more speed out of it, but compromises must be made when the drive is this tiny.

Newegg chose extremely poor packaging for my drive. It was literally in a piece of cardboard. The packaging material was very thin cardboard which had adhesive on two sides; slap them together and a small thin item can be shipped in it. Problem with this is that it got a beat down in transit, and several heavy items were likely dropped/scraped/dragged across it judging by how jacked up it was upon arrival.

The UPS label was barely recognizable as a UPS label because of the damage to the 'package'. This caused a co-worker to throw it in the garbage, since he assumed it was just a beat up piece of cardboard. I was fortunate enough to A) check the tracking information to realize it had been delivered the previous day, and B) realize this before the trash was taken out.

A padded envelope would have been a much better choice of packing material!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We're sorry to hear about your troubles with the drive. Please contact our Tech Support at 888-222-4346 or submit a ticket at corsair.force.com and we'll be more than happy to help troubleshoot the issue.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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5 out of 5 eggsSaved

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Some will love the physical size of this drive and some will not. It is sturdy in its design and works quite well. Some drives like this you have to struggle trying to insert them into a USB port. The design of this drive is quite unique, while it looks similar to some mini drives it is longer, but lighter, and has a sturdy rubber lanyard for attachment to a key ring or other item. The transfer and write speed; I have used this drive in USB 2 and 3 ports and did not notice a great slowdown in the transfer rate. Used it on computers installed with Windows 7 and 8, the drive was recognized in Windows 8 machines, scanned, and displayed in a matter of seconds. The Windows 7 machines will be discussed in other thoughts. Overall Corsair has a great product here, I highly recommend this drive.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: On the Window the drive is recognized sometimes using USB 3 ports, at other times it is not recognized. When it is recognized it will give you a message that it can perform faster in a USB 3 port. This message was seen on three Windows 7 computers and 2 notebook computers. When plugged into a USB 2 port you will receive the same message, but it is always recognized and brought up on the desktop. Window 7 users should take this into consideration. This is not enough for me to take away an egg. The size of this drive will have some liking and some not. It is light weight and perfect for a key ring of lanyard. While it is perfect in this manner it is not if carried in your pocket alone, the weight could result in you forgetting it is there and could end up at the cleaners or in the wash. If you are a computer repairer, teacher, instructor, photographer, or involved in any other business this is the drive for transferring large chunks of information. From a client’s hard drive for safe keeping or for storing needed files. It does not take up a lot of room in your lock box or safe and is idea for maintaining need to know information on your person. You will not find a better drive at this capacity.

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2 out of 5 eggsVoyager mini 32 gig.

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Small form factor
A key ring you will need so you don't lose it.
USB 3
Durable .
28.8 Gigs useable.

Cons: The best write speed I got was twenty megabytes constant. It would start at 24MBs and go down till it reached 20. Read was only maxed at 152MBs. This is not USB 3 speeds. To me USB 3.0 speeds are in the high 30MB range to 60Mb.

Other Thoughts: I have other corsair USB 3 drives I tested this against and all other USB 3 drives outperformed it. I don't know if they changed the memory in them or not. All my others maxed in the 40's with a constant speed of 39.7 at the lowest. The speed I got from this one is on par with a few of my best USB 2.0 drives in a USB 3.0 port. I have no less than 10 USB 2.0 drives and 5 USB 3.0 drives this was the slowest among the USB 3.0 It was the fastest among the USB 2.0 drives. For the price you can do a lot better in speed even at half this price I wouldn't consider this a deal. I tried to find out if they changed memory in this from the normal ones they put out and I could not find the information I was looking for. So with all things considered get a real USB 3.0 speed drive.

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3 out of 5 eggsNice design... but

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB

Pros: Nice compact design.
Keyfob with small keyring.
Definite tight fit.
Detected quickly and easily in Windows, Linux and OS X.

Cons: Slow compared to other USB drives.
No Activity Light.
Metal casing scratches easily.
Rubber longevity? See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The Corsair mini 32GB USB 3.0 is faster than a USB 2.0 drive but not nearly as fast as expected. Crystalmark gave this drive a seq read speed of 41.6 MB/s (500MB data) and a seq write of 14.91 MB/s. Using the same port and testing regimen with a USB 2.0 drive yielded figures of 20.82 MB/s and 7.33 MB/s read and write respectively. So the Corsair has about twice the speed of a comparable USB 2.0 drive. I ran the same test again using a Silicon Power 32GB USB 3.0 drive and got 87.9 MB/s and 55.83 MB/s read/write speeds, so the Corsair is significantly slower than this especially when it came to writing to the disk.

The only advantages of this drive over the Silicon Power would be the physical size and the keyring. The Corsair is about a quarter of the size of the Silicon Power, and to be honest the Silicon Power wouldn't win any beauty or indeed design contests, it is however, fast. The keyring is an excellent buying point but I wonder as to the rubber attachment's longevity, also the metal surrounding the drive is attractively finished but seems to scratch very easily and when hung on a keyring, with a bunch of keys, I have no doubt it will degrade rapidly. The lack of an activity light is a major issue for Mac users, Macs lie, a Mac will display a flash drive as ejected before it has finished flushing the drive cache, checking the drive's activity light is the only way to be sure the drive is actually ready to be physically removed.

If you're looking for speed I'd look elsewhere, if you want a drive that can be kept on your keyring for convenience this may well be your solution.

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