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Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Black External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

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Overview

The High-Performance Media Hub for Your Connected Life

Voyager Air has the capacity to store all your digital media, and the flexibility to let the whole family enjoy it at home or on the go.

That's because Voyager Air is the first all-in-one portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and the compact size and extra-long battery life make it easy to take with you.

Voyager Air Lifestyle

Connect It to Your Home Network

Use Gigabit Ethernet to connect it to your home network, and use Voyager Air as a shared network drive. Consolidate all of your media in one place and access it from any Windows, OS X or even Linux system in your house.

Voyager Air Home Network

Break the Mobile Storage Barrier

Smart phones and tablets are great for enjoying media anywhere, but even the most advanced phones and tablets have only 64GB of storage. Voyager Air comes with up to one terabyte of storage, enough to hold up to 800 full-length HD movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You'll never run out of entertainment again.

Voyager Air Storage

Voyager Air Battery

Take It Anywhere

Voyager Air is ready to go at a moment's notice. Batteries and wireless networking are built-in, so you can enjoy all your movies, TV shows, music and photos at the office, or on your next road trip, business trip, or vacation. Since it's a self-contained streaming media server, you don't even need an Internet connection.

Watch On the Big Screen

With Voyager Air on your home network you can also access your media from smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that can connect to network shares.

Voyager Air Home Theatre

How it Works

As a Network Drive

Connect it to your router using Ethernet and it operates as a shared network (NAS) drive. It supports Gigabit Ethernet connections for fast data transfer, and will work with multiple partitions for easier media organization. Mac users can reformat to HFS+ for Time Machine compatibility. Naturally, Voyager Air isn't just for media – you can use it as a general-purpose storage and backup drive, too.

Voyager Air Network Drive

With Your Video Gear

Since Voyager Air operates as a standard network drive, you can use it with smart TVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that are capable of connecting to network shares. Check your gear's documentation for compatibility information.

Voyager Air Portable Wireless DriveAs a Portable Wireless Drive

Voyager Air has built-in wireless capability and an extended-life internal rechargeable battery for true portability. You can connect to it with your tablet or smartphone using the free Voyager Air app and access your library of videos, music, and photos. If you use mobile productivity apps, you can also download and edit documents. The Voyager Air app works with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android phones and tablets.

Voyager Air supports multiple connections, and can stream high-definition video to up to five devices at once. The battery allows for up to seven hours of video streaming between recharges.

You can also connect to Voyager Air wirelessly from your notebook while you're on the road, using it as a network drive. And, you can set up a wireless password so you won't share your media with anybody you don't want to.

As a Mobile Wireless Hub

If you're near a public hotspot, you can enable wireless passthrough to share Internet access with your mobile devices.

As a USB Drive

Voyager Air offers a super-fast USB 3.0 connection that allows you to copy a two-hour HD movie in under 30 seconds. It's compatible with USB 2.0 connections, as well.




Overview

The High-Performance Media Hub for Your Connected Life

Voyager Air has the capacity to store all your digital media, and the flexibility to let the whole family enjoy it at home or on the go.

That's because Voyager Air is the first all-in-one portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and the compact size and extra-long battery life make it easy to take with you.

Voyager Air Lifestyle

Connect It to Your Home Network

Use Gigabit Ethernet to connect it to your home network, and use Voyager Air as a shared network drive. Consolidate all of your media in one place and access it from any Windows, OS X or even Linux system in your house.

Voyager Air Home Network

Break the Mobile Storage Barrier

Smart phones and tablets are great for enjoying media anywhere, but even the most advanced phones and tablets have only 64GB of storage. Voyager Air comes with up to one terabyte of storage, enough to hold up to 800 full-length HD movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You'll never run out of entertainment again.

Voyager Air Storage

Voyager Air Battery

Take It Anywhere

Voyager Air is ready to go at a moment's notice. Batteries and wireless networking are built-in, so you can enjoy all your movies, TV shows, music and photos at the office, or on your next road trip, business trip, or vacation. Since it's a self-contained streaming media server, you don't even need an Internet connection.

Watch On the Big Screen

With Voyager Air on your home network you can also access your media from smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that can connect to network shares.

Voyager Air Home Theatre

How it Works

As a Network Drive

Connect it to your router using Ethernet and it operates as a shared network (NAS) drive. It supports Gigabit Ethernet connections for fast data transfer, and will work with multiple partitions for easier media organization. Mac users can reformat to HFS+ for Time Machine compatibility. Naturally, Voyager Air isn't just for media – you can use it as a general-purpose storage and backup drive, too.

Voyager Air Network Drive

With Your Video Gear

Since Voyager Air operates as a standard network drive, you can use it with smart TVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that are capable of connecting to network shares. Check your gear's documentation for compatibility information.

Voyager Air Portable Wireless DriveAs a Portable Wireless Drive

Voyager Air has built-in wireless capability and an extended-life internal rechargeable battery for true portability. You can connect to it with your tablet or smartphone using the free Voyager Air app and access your library of videos, music, and photos. If you use mobile productivity apps, you can also download and edit documents. The Voyager Air app works with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android phones and tablets.

Voyager Air supports multiple connections, and can stream high-definition video to up to five devices at once. The battery allows for up to seven hours of video streaming between recharges.

You can also connect to Voyager Air wirelessly from your notebook while you're on the road, using it as a network drive. And, you can set up a wireless password so you won't share your media with anybody you don't want to.

As a Mobile Wireless Hub

If you're near a public hotspot, you can enable wireless passthrough to share Internet access with your mobile devices.

As a USB Drive

Voyager Air offers a super-fast USB 3.0 connection that allows you to copy a two-hour HD movie in under 30 seconds. It's compatible with USB 2.0 connections, as well.




Overview

The High-Performance Media Hub for Your Connected Life

Voyager Air has the capacity to store all your digital media, and the flexibility to let the whole family enjoy it at home or on the go.

That's because Voyager Air is the first all-in-one portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and the compact size and extra-long battery life make it easy to take with you.

Voyager Air Lifestyle

Connect It to Your Home Network

Use Gigabit Ethernet to connect it to your home network, and use Voyager Air as a shared network drive. Consolidate all of your media in one place and access it from any Windows, OS X or even Linux system in your house.

Voyager Air Home Network

Break the Mobile Storage Barrier

Smart phones and tablets are great for enjoying media anywhere, but even the most advanced phones and tablets have only 64GB of storage. Voyager Air comes with up to one terabyte of storage, enough to hold up to 800 full-length HD movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You'll never run out of entertainment again.

Voyager Air Storage

Voyager Air Battery

Take It Anywhere

Voyager Air is ready to go at a moment's notice. Batteries and wireless networking are built-in, so you can enjoy all your movies, TV shows, music and photos at the office, or on your next road trip, business trip, or vacation. Since it's a self-contained streaming media server, you don't even need an Internet connection.

Watch On the Big Screen

With Voyager Air on your home network you can also access your media from smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that can connect to network shares.

Voyager Air Home Theatre

How it Works

As a Network Drive

Connect it to your router using Ethernet and it operates as a shared network (NAS) drive. It supports Gigabit Ethernet connections for fast data transfer, and will work with multiple partitions for easier media organization. Mac users can reformat to HFS+ for Time Machine compatibility. Naturally, Voyager Air isn't just for media – you can use it as a general-purpose storage and backup drive, too.

Voyager Air Network Drive

With Your Video Gear

Since Voyager Air operates as a standard network drive, you can use it with smart TVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that are capable of connecting to network shares. Check your gear's documentation for compatibility information.

Voyager Air Portable Wireless DriveAs a Portable Wireless Drive

Voyager Air has built-in wireless capability and an extended-life internal rechargeable battery for true portability. You can connect to it with your tablet or smartphone using the free Voyager Air app and access your library of videos, music, and photos. If you use mobile productivity apps, you can also download and edit documents. The Voyager Air app works with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android phones and tablets.

Voyager Air supports multiple connections, and can stream high-definition video to up to five devices at once. The battery allows for up to seven hours of video streaming between recharges.

You can also connect to Voyager Air wirelessly from your notebook while you're on the road, using it as a network drive. And, you can set up a wireless password so you won't share your media with anybody you don't want to.

As a Mobile Wireless Hub

If you're near a public hotspot, you can enable wireless passthrough to share Internet access with your mobile devices.

As a USB Drive

Voyager Air offers a super-fast USB 3.0 connection that allows you to copy a two-hour HD movie in under 30 seconds. It's compatible with USB 2.0 connections, as well.





Learn more about the Corsair CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

Model

Brand
Corsair
Series
Voyager Air
Model
CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

Performance

Color
Black
Interface
USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi
Capacity
500GB

Physical Spec

Weight
1.1 lbs.

Features

Features
Storage for use at home and on the go

Connect via Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or USB 3.0

Designed for tablets and smartphones - custom app for iOS and Android

High-capacity rechargeable battery streams video for up to 7 hours

Streams HD video to up to 5 users at one time

Wall adapter and 2-amp car adapter included

Max Read(USB 3.0): 120MB/s
Max Write(USB 3.0): 119MB/s

Wireless network: 802.11 b/g/n

Wireless Range: Up to 30m / 90ft

Rechargeable Battery: 6200 mAh

Packaging

Package Contents
Voyager Air drive
Wall adapter
USB 3.0 cable
US plug
Accessory pouch
Power cable
Quick Start Guide
2A car adapter

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the Corsair CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

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4 out of 5 eggsCan't wait for version 2!

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Black External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

Pros: This hard drive looks great, and is fast over USB3. I actually saw peak real-world reads of 174 MB/s pulling down Windows Media Audio files to a RAMdisk. That's just fantastic. Expect real world transfers via USB3 to be 80-110 MB/s depending on the exact file types. My audio files were averaging at the high end of that range, 100/110 write/read. Product also looks great, and has all the IO you would need, supporting three different interfaces. As an external hard drive, compared to my previous wired-only USB3 competing drive, it's faster, and more rugged. Battery is also a great feature, lasts a shade under two hours with use, might last longer if you weren't using it. It's also utterly silent; you might feel it when it spins up, but you won't hear it, even in-hand.

Cons: Here's the thing; I was a little disappointed in the way the features are implemented, and network-speeds were terrible. Via gigabit ethernet, I got 20/44 MB/s write/reads. Ouch. 20 MB/s writes kill this poor thing. It takes forever to do a big backup that way. The read speed is more reasonable, but still gigabit DOES support the full speed of this drive, just its controller, even after the firmware update I waited on, does not deliver. For that matter, neither does WIFI, which was cutting it down to single digit MB/s scores in both directions. That's, well, it's passable for media-streaming, but just not what you'd expect. These things don't make it less functional; they do work. Just so hamstringed from the full speed I have to dock it an egg.

Other Thoughts: These are things I'm not going to crow about or deduct eggs for. I think they're just stuff that needs to be thought about in version 2.0.
1)Wired Passthrough! Please, Corsair, allow data to pass in all directions here. Ideally, make the device function as a wireless AP when hooked up via cable directly to a computer, and as a wireless adapter when hooked up via USB3. I know it can be done!
2)Work on a pretty/more functional Android App. I don't know from personal experience about the Apple App, so I won't comment, but the Android App looks like it could just as well be a website, with no real functionality other than skinning. Show me transfer speeds and the like!
3)Physical switches get caught in the middle of "off" and "on." That's something I know can be fixed easily. Heck, make it a three-way switch with positions "off, on without wifi, on with wifi."
4)Release a white version to match my 600T.

All in all, it's a good product, and I won't deduct more than 1 egg for such a solid effort. If you're thinking about buying one, you won't regret it for storage duties, just for the niche cases at the edges of this device.

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5 out of 5 eggsYou won't know you needed this until you get one!

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Black External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

Pros: A must-have for anyone wanting to share large files or a large amount of data with a group of people close by. It is a portable, self-contained, self-powered, wireless network attached storage device. In other words, it is a portable hard drive without ANY wires. Setting it up is as easy as turning it on. You may plug it into your device or computer, or connect to it with Wi-Fi. The internal battery seems to last the better part of a workday.

Cons: Although it can also relay (pass through) a Wi-Fi Internet connection, it can’t do the same with a wired connection. So you can’t use it to connect your smartphone to the wired Ethernet connection in a hotel or office. But this is not really what this device is all about anyway.

The price seems high, but it isn’t really when you add up all the features and the sheer convenience of the package.

There may be a learning curve for users not used to accessing files over a network, but this is not the fault of this device. Computer users with desktop style operating systems can merely use their file browsers. Smartphone and tablet users may or may not need a third party app to easily access the files. Corsair provides a free and easy to use app, if it is needed. None of this is a deal-breaker, as it is pretty easy to figure out.

There is also no sort of file cataloging included, so you must manually organize your data into folders of your own choice. This will be most natural for desktop or laptop users, but users of other devices who only share audiovisual media, and not documents and software, might want more automation. I like it the way it is, but some of my friends who helped me test this did not. However, they all loved this cute little thing!

Other Thoughts: There isn’t a specific technical name for this device, and the description doesn’t really express the usefulness and ultra-portability it offers. You load it with your data, either with a cable or using Wi-Fi, and merely take it to where you want to share. You don’t need CD’s, DVD’s, or flash drives to share information.

For presentations, classroom use, or general collaboration, this could save the leader of the group much trouble. You may set a password, or not, and set access to allow only reading your files or full access to the drive. It works plugged into AC or car power as well, so you can also use it as a fixed device. It is fantastic for network or PC maintenance because of its large capacity and almost universal connectivity. It is also a great attention-getter, and fun to boot!

This is Corsair at its innovative best.

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4 out of 5 eggsVery Handy, with room to improve

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Black External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-500-NA

Pros: Great way to transfer a movie onto an iPad (can’t move Folders, just 1 file at a time).

Great for road trips (comes with car power adapter).

Can be used as wired NAS while still connecting to your mobile devices.

Works on Android, Apple, & Kindle Fire devices.


NOTE: On the Gen 2 iPad I tested, I had to allow the app to use the Location info before the app would work.

Cons: Can’t play WMA music files on some devices (even though the device can play them natively).

Very picky about resuming video play.

Picture viewing is clunky (is OK on iPad).

Losing signal (going out of range)while watching video, then coming back into range (close to the drive) crashes the Voyager Air App.


Review (part 1):

I tested this wireless drive extensively using all 5 of my Android devices.
I tried 2 different iPads (a 2nd, and a 3rd gen). Both iPad users commented that this is the easiest way to move files on/off their iPad, and were generally impressed with its performance.
I spent only 20 minutes with a 7” Kindle Fire HD, only enough to say it functions.


Build Quality:

Well built, may not survive much of a fall onto a hard surface.
Available case for this: Newegg item #: N82E16817979001
CrystalDisk shows a SATA/300, 5400rpm drive with 8MB cache.
Car DC adapter is nice & compact.


Battery:

Battery Status (% charge) can be seen in the “Settings” of the app, works well.
The Battery Status LED turns Red about 5 minutes before shutting off.

Charge (0% to 100%):
4 hours 22 minutes, using the AC charger (3 times, +/- 15 minutes).

Discharge (100% to 0%):
With 5 devices streaming videos, the battery lasted: 6 hrs. 4 min.
With 1 device streaming video, Battery lasted: 7 hrs. 55 Min.


Wireless Connection:

Range:
I have a small 3 BR house with basement; I was able to stream 1080p video to all areas, but did have low signal strength in the corners of the basement.

Connecting:
When connecting a device to the Voyager Air, I get an “Authentication Error” about 30% of the time on the first connection attempt, a second attempt always works. (Same on Android, Kindle & Apple).

I had 4 Android tablets & an Android phone all streaming Video (2x720p; 3x1080p), without issue, I used this setup for the 1st battery discharge test.

Wireless Passthru function:
The Passthru function lets you connect to the Voyager Air, and still have a wireless network connection.
It is a bit clunky, you have to connect with the Voyager Air, enable the Passthru function, then reconnect to the Voyager Air. It takes longer than you might expect (a minute or so, total process). You have to do this every time, it doesn’t remember the Passthru Setting (enabled or disabled), but it does remember the password to the wireless network.


Wired network connection:

I have an Asus RT-N56U Gigabit router.
I found the read/write speed, when connected via Ethernet cable to my router (PC also using a wired connection), a little slower than I had hoped. The Voyager Air wireless connection is still available for your mobile devices.

File Transfer Speed:

18.4 GB of pictures (8,806 files)
R: from Voyager Air, to C drive (SSD): 32min. 22sec.
W: to Voyager Air, from C drive (SSD): 32min. 47sec.

2.4 GB MP4 movie:
R: from Voyager Air, to C drive (SSD): 3 min. 35sec.
W: to Voyager Air, from C drive (SSD): 3

Other Thoughts: Review (part 2):

USB 3 connection:

There is no wireless while using the USB port.
The USB data port does not charge the Voyager Air (can still charge thru “DC-IN” using a USB port).
USB3 port gives typical (fast) speed:

ATTO Score (64K & up file size, Average):
R: 107 MB / sec
W: 106 MB / sec

File Transfer Speed:

18.4 GB of pictures (8,806 files):
R: from Voyager Air, to C drive (SSD): 4min. 0 sec.
W: to Voyager Air, from C drive (SSD): 5 min. 37 sec.

2.4 GB MP4 movie:
R: from Voyager Air, to C drive (SSD): 0 min. 24 sec.
W: to Voyager Air, from C drive (SSD): 0 min. 26 sec.


Watching Videos:

2 playing options; “Play”, & “Play With”. Choosing Play uses the app’s viewer, which works fine.
The Play With function uses the device default player. If you have multiple players, you cannot choose which player the Play With function uses (unless you move the file to the “Local” folder first).
If you choose “Play With” from the Local folder, you can choose any of the players on your device, as well as select to use that player “Every Time” or “Just Once”.
If you leave a playing video (to check email, etc.), you must pause the movie. When done with your other task, restart the Voyager Air app, re-select the video file, and select Resume. Any other way will re-start the movie from the beginning.

I tested 5 HD streams at the same time, with no issues.


Viewing Pictures:

“View” uses the app viewer, “View With” uses the devices default viewer.
The problem is, “View” does not let you zoom (a big miss in my opinion), but does let you flick through the rest of pictures.
Selecting “View With” loads the picture into the device’s viewer, so you can zoom, but it only loads that 1 picture, so you can’t flick through the rest.
iPad works fine, if you select “View With”, you can zoom & flick through the pictures.


Listening to Music:

WMAs do not play (or “Play with”) on: Nexus 7, my HTC phone, Kindle Fire HD, or iPad, even though they do play natively on the Nexus 7s, and the Phone. They play fine on both my TF300T & TF700T Tablets.


Conclusion:

Before buying this drive, download the full manual and quick-start guide
(www.corsair.com/voyagerair), while there, read the FAQs, to make sure this will do what you want.

Great if you have a lot of stuff you want to access from your mobile device, but don’t have the capacity.

Good NAS drive, while at the same time, serving your mobile devices at home (my main use).

For a Road trip, this is a fantastic devise to bring along!

Files moved to the “Local” folder can be accessed, without being connected to the drive, by using the app.

iPad note: you can only download files from “Folders” to “Local” ONE file at a time, it can NOT move Folders.

I gave the Voyager Air 4 out of 5 eggs, because I think it still needs some polishing, given the price of the unit.
Even given all the relatively minor issues, it is not overly frustrating to use, and

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