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Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-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.





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  • Dennis W.
  • 11/7/2013 10:04:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsI love this thing!

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: I love this little device! It's a bit heavier than you'd think from looking it at but I'm guessing that's from the battery and wireless equipment packed inside. Overall, it feels solid, sturdy, and well-built.

I was surprised how well it integrates with my iPhone. I downloaded the app and was able to change all of the settings intuitively and with no problems. The wireless passthru feature was definitely a nice touch and I didn't expect it, especially after reading one professional review talking about how annoying it was to keep switching his iPhone from his wireless router to his Voyager Air (the review was from March so maybe this is new?). All of my (two) devices are now connected to my Voyager Air, it passes my wireless router through itself, and I can browse and use the internet normally without any noticeable decrease in speed.

It also comes with enough cables for any situation I can possibly imagine: car port adapter, USB cable, eSATA cable, and standard wall adapter for power. I definitely see myself taking this on road trips and to airports in order to stream movies onto my smartphone. Professional reviews are reporting ~7.5 hours of battery life with the wireless signal on so my phone will likely run out of battery first.

I've been able to connect this device wirelessly but it took me longer than it should have. I'll say most of this was user error since I had never set up a home network before but part of it was definitely from the weird documentation (more below). Once set up, I've had no problems transferring files back and forth wirelessly.

Cons: The documentation was very helpful for setting up my iPhone but not so helpful with my windows desktop computer. The booklet that came with it gives instructions on how to connect the drive to your home network via ethernet cable tied into a wireless router. I didn't have a spare ethernet cable lying around (it's still in transit) but I was able to find an instruction manual on their website that describes how to use the device and includes a small section on connecting wirelessly through a desktop PC. Strangely enough, the instructions online are a completely different booklet than the one that shipped with the device. This is more of an oddity than a negative and it doesn't impact the device since I got it to work eventually so I won't deduct a star for it. On a sidenote, there's a lot more documentation on their website and it's very helpful!

Other Thoughts: Their website shows a comparison between their device and the Seagate Wireless Plus. I don't blame for the shameless self-promotion, I just thought it was funny.

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3 out of 5 eggsThe First of it's Kind

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: Appearance, this device looks beautiful, like it was designed by Ferrari. It's sleek with a Red and Blank color combination. The icons on front is straight forward and the switches to turn the power or wifi off and on are nice, although sometimes you forget which way is on or off. Performance, I was able to watch anywhere within my home, and I own a 2600sqft home. The Wifi's strength is perfect for a medium sized home, you will experience the occasional buffering that would last about 5 seconds, but for the most part, it streams decently to mobile devices. I've actually tested it for 7 hours straight, I was only dropped from WIFI 6-7 times, I'm guessing the iPhone's Wifi was probably over worked because upon testing a PC with Wireless NIC, it only dropped 2-3 times. USB Connected, I was able to transfer at 28.4MBps, Ethernet Connected, I was able to transfer at 11.3MBps, and via Wifi Connected, I was able to transfer at 1.98MBps. Downloading files from the device via the App, took about 5.4 seconds to download a 9.37MB music. So downloading a 1.5GB movie will take you nearly 12 minutes. The device doesn't seem to struggle when you're streaming with multiple devices. I was actually able to Stream via Ethernet Cable on my PC and Stream with my iPhone on the WIFI at the same time. The device is capable of streaming up to 6 devices at a time. The Battery life is decent as well, 7 hours of continuous use, it may last longer with the occasional standby, but not by a lot. This is an alternative to a NAS and the added bonus of mobility. You can take this wherever you like and be the Techiest Geek of them all, second to the one who's sharing WiFi. The Charging was decent on AC Adapter, about 4:30 hrs. I did not check the durability of it, because I didn't want to drop it, but I was able to carry it around and stream from it with Ease. I wouldn't use it to jog and stream music, it's still a hard drive, and it still has moving parts! The App provided for iPhones and Android phones is pretty neat too. It gives you almost the same feature as if you were browsing through using a PC. Files downloaded from the device gets automatically categorized (Documents, Movies, Photos, Music) in the App. The Reset button resets the WIFI password, which is good, because I hate re configuring the names and everything, just because I forgot the WIFI password. This is a good device for people always on the move and need that 1TB that's easily accessible.

Cons: This is a new product, so there are some kinks to be expected. As I'm streaming from an iPhone that has a protector casing, I'm noticing that I was dropping every 30 minutes from the Voyager Air. I don't know why my iPhone would get it's WIFI over worked just by connecting onto it, I mean, I can watch Youtube videos for hours on this phone, and it wouldn't drop from my home's router. That I can't figure out. The Wifi range on this device is about 48 ft of direct sight, the description said 60ft, so I guess it's close enough. Upon starting the WIFI on the device, it takes a while for it to initialize, sometimes you would need to re enter your WIFI Password if you didn't wait long enough to allow it to initialize, I guess that's normal. The App for this device is good, but it doesn't have it's own decoder, so the only thing you'll be able to stream is MP3 or MP4, but at least it has the option to have you use another App within your iPhone to open that file. So lets say you want to open up an AVI file, just use "open in..." and open that Video Player App to watch the movie. If you want a quick charge, don't even try charging with the USB, it'll take nearly 10 hours. Although this WIFI feature is neat, there are already alternatives to this, Apps on iPhones and Androids are capable of sharing documents and file with one another, other Apps are able to turn their device into a Sharedrive. The Ethernet LAN capability of this device needs a little more refinement. As I was streaming from my Mac Mini, the device would buffer for 10 seconds every 15 minutes or so. I'm guessing because the device is getting over worked and needs to cool down it's electronics from time to time. This device is passive cooling, so no fans to cool it down. I wouldn't recommend streaming, just download it first, or connect it via USB, but that defeats the purpose of 'Streaming'. This device is only good for file transfer over Ethernet or WiFi. If you use a Tablet or iPhone, its fine to get dropped from time to time, but not when you're using your Big Screen TV and your attached PC. This doesn't even have DLNA, so no streaming from a DLNA capable TV or device, the alternative is to get it mapped, but a TV can't do that. If you buy this because, "oh cool, I can stream movies from the wifi!" you'll be partly disappointed. Don't expect it to be like a full fledged NAS for movies either. As I have explained earlier, it has issues with streaming. Treat this like a jack of all trades Hard Drive, Good at most things, but not the best in any.

Other Thoughts: It's a convenient mobile wifi-capable hard drive. Fun to have in long trips and when you're away from home. You'll definitely enjoy the fact that each and every one of your buddies can watch different movies from their own phones.You'll be able to easily share photos, music, and documents with one another. It's like you're carrying an extra 1TB of space in your mobile device. Now instead of spending $200 more for the 32GB iPhone, you can just grab the 8GB iPhone and buy yourself one of these. If you think about it, if you own a Voyager Air, you don't really need to get the mobile device with more memory, because usually, the reason why you'd get a 64GB iPad or a 32GB iPhone is so that you can store more Music or Video, but with the Voyager Air, it'll do just that, and save you money! If you're willing to keep it charged and willing to carry it around just you would with a Cellphone. Although, to my experience, owning this for 2 months, I never really used it often for the "mobility" of it. I had it connected via Ethernet and connected to my network to watch movies from, but since it streams pretty bad for Ethernet, I decided to just connect it via USB. Ultimately, for the most part, I'm using it as a regular External HDD. I see this device benefiting mostly Students who need storage for school and leisure. It's a nice concept from Corsair, but I still think it needs to be improved, hardware wise. If you're a regular Joe like me who has an 40 hour a week kind of job who usually stays at home, then this wouldn't be any useful to you. I would buy this for my son or daughter going to College, but not for myself. I'd stick with a $60 1TB external passive HDD instead. If you get one of these, you might not use it for it's features, it'll probably end up being a stationary NAS. I'll give it this though, it can turn into a NAS with wifi capabilities for your guests or friends who want to stream from it from time to time on their mobile devices.

Conclusion:

Very convenient when you need the extra Memory on the go via WiFi
Aesthetically pleasing.
Easy to use. Easy to connect.
Setup is done via the Mobile Device App (iPhone or Android).
Wifi Password can be reset via Reset button.
48ft Direct Line of Sight connection distance.
7 Hours of continuous usage.
4:30 Hrs for recharge on AC Adapter, 10 Hours for USB.
6 devices Max simultaneous connectivity.
29MBps USB transfers, 12MBps Ethernet tranfers, and 2MBps WiFi transfers.
App only plays MP3s and MP4s, but can open other files via your other Apps.
Streaming via Wifi may last only an hour at a time before dropping.
Streaming via Ethernet may leave you buffering every 15 minutes or so.
Share via Ethernet and WiFi simultaneously.
not DLNA capable.
Pricey for features you may use but not be satisfied with.

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4 out of 5 eggsIntriguing device, with a few rough edges

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: I was able to connect 5 devices to the drive with pass-through enabled so they were all connected to the internet, while 3 of the devices were streaming video from it. I have no reason to doubt Corsair's claims that it can stream to 5 devices. However, 2 of my 5 devices were phones running WP 7.8 and Corsair has no WP7 or WP8 app available at this time. The devices I streamed content to included a Win 7 laptop, an iPod (3rd gen Touch) running iOS 5.x, and a tablet running Windows 8 RT.

When connected to a PC I found transfer speed to be in line with expectations for USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and over an ethernet cable while wired through a 100 Mbps router.

I found battery life to be very close to the advertised 7 hours. I hit 6 hours 40 mins with one device constantly streaming video from the drive and a 2nd using the drive as a wireless hotspot.

This drive can be used to extend your current wireless network. As long as you have access to a wireless network (via router, modem, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.) connected to the internet, you can configure wireless pass-through from the drive to the existing wireless network. This enables you to connect devices to this drive, and through the 'pass-through' feature to get out to the internet.

First impressions were very favorable. Corsair goes above & beyond to ensure you have all of the cables necessary to meet the intended uses. The only cable missing is an ethernet cable which are easy to come by. Included is a USB 3.0 cable (one end appears to be proprietary). Corsair includes a DC power cable with a USB end which can be plugged into two adapters also provided: 1) a car adapter for charging on the road or 2) a wall adapter. The wall adapter comes with an attachable faceplate/plug. (I'm assuming this is for selling to different regions; e.g., if you buy in Europe I’d expect you’d get and snap on the standard faceplate for your outlets; mine came packaged with a plug to fit U.S. outlets.) Corsair also thoughtfully includes an accessory pouch so you can keep all of the cables and adapters together when they are not being used.

I tested the transfer speeds with CrystalDiskMark and also by loading up the drive with data. The software reported sequential reads/writes of USB 3.0 speeds about 3.5 times faster than USB 2.0 speeds. In real-world testing, I copied 65.5 GB of video files (1,092 files in 9 folders, with a wide variance in file sizes). USB 3.0 transfer rates tended between 74-88 MB/s, total transfer time was ~13.5 minutes. USB 2.0 rates hovered in the 23-26 MB/s range, total time was ~49 minutes. Rates across a 100 Mbps router were fairly steady at around 11 MB/s, total time was just over 1 hour 40 mins.

I was able to access the drive and stream video while it was in the basement and I was on the 2nd floor. I was close to 30 ft from the drive in a direct line, but was also separated by two floors and their subfloors.

Cons: A short USB cable. Lousy documentation. Weak apps for iPod. No apps for Win. Phone. I don't have an Android device to test that app.

The USB 3.0 cable is too short for me. At under 2 ft, connecting it to the USB 3.0 ports in the back of my PC was a real pain. Even connecting it to my front USB 2.0 ports the cable was not long enough to put the drive on top of the PC so I had to leave it on the floor. If you’re using USB with laptops or tablets, this may not be much of a concern for you and a shorter cable may be preferred.

A device like this begs to be simple with no rough edges so that almost anyone can pick it up and use it. I cannot give it high marks in this area.

First, I couldn’t get the WiFi to work - until I unplugged the USB cable. If the USB cable is plugged into the drive and another device, the WiFi won’t turn on. I never found any documentation on this, and the documentation in general is very light.

Second, when I connected a Windows device (Win 7 laptop or Win 8 RT tablet) to the Voyager Air's WiFi, Internet Explorer would pop up with a not helpful "CORSAIR WIRELESS DRIVE Error" page. It shows a few sentences, and one hyperlink that if you miss you may never find the configuration settings. Clicking the link takes you to a page where you can configure options such as a wireless password, enabling internet passthrough, etc. However, initially my browser's zoom was set to 125% and many of the options were unreadable.

Third, the iPod app isn’t intuitive. I ran it, but it wouldn’t find the drive. I eventually realized I had to go to the iPod's settings, change my wireless network to the VoyagerAir network, and then launch the app. My mistake, but the app should have done a better job letting me know what to do. It isn’t immediately obvious what anything means until you’ve successfully used the app. To be fair here, the limited documentation does say to connect to the VoyagerAir network, but otherwise says nothing about the app.

The app itself isn’t extremely powerful or intuitive. It allows you to browse your media or documents by folder. Which is fine. But don't expect to search or filter music based on tags. I had music setup in different folders based on artist & album. To play a song I had to dig through the folders to find the one I wanted. Once I started playing a song, I could click a shuffle icon. However, it only shuffled among the music contained in that folder. It does not catalog the collection, and doesn’t look outside the current folder.

For music, I see this drive working better with a Windows device where you can add folders to your Music and Video libraries. As a video streamer the weakness in the app are less important. I’d expect the app to work well enough with any device, as long as your preferred format is supported. The iPod app played .mp4 video files, but not .mpg files. This isn’t a problem with a Win. device since you aren’t using a Corsair app but are streaming directly from the file sys

Other Thoughts: All in all, this is an intriguing device, compelling for certain use cases. 1TB of space as a wireless/media extender usable with up to 5 devices makes this extremely versatile especially when working with files via the file system (e.g. via Windows Explorer). I’d recommend it if it solves a particular problem or meets a need you have that isn’t being filled by another existing or cheaper product, and if you're okay with its shortcomings. Its prime strengths are:
- Operating as a Media hub on the road - in particular for road warriors or families who want to support multiple kids with their own devices
- As a NAS - beneficial if you don’t want to leave a PC on all the time; and if you don't already own a router with a USB port or need an app to access and stream files onto your phone/tablet

I wish I had this 4 weeks ago when I took a 12 hour road trip with 3 others. We could've loaded this up with media, connected it to someone's phone-as-a-hotspot, joined the various other iPods & tablets to it and had more entertainment options than we'd know what to do with. The only thing we'd have been missing is someone else to drive and a microwave for popcorn.

For those who are curious - the hard drive in my Voyager Air is a Toshiba MQ01ABD100 running at 5400 RPMs with firmware AX001U.

I would like to clarify a few things:
- Even though there is no Windows app, you can still set passwords and configure other settings from a PC. Finding those settings isn't straightforward, but it can be done. First you connect to the VoyagerAir's WiFi network. Then you open IE (on a table IE opened automatically for me). Then when you get the error page you have to find the link for 'main page' & click it. Finally, with your zoom set to 100%, you can read and configure the settings.

- If anyone has trouble using the functionality from the app, I'm curious if you connected to the drive's wireless network before launching the app. Don't make the same initial mistake I made when I opened the iPod's VoyagerAir app and expected it to link right up with the drive. This is one of the rough edges that Corsair needs to work on and could be solved by making the app more intelligent/intuitive.

- I saw one report of battery life closer to 3 hours. This appears to have been when writing to the drive. I don't dispute this claim. However, I was able to get 6 hours 40 mins from the drive when streaming video from it.

- Finally, it is not possible to connect to the internet via a wireless router and to the Voyager Air at the same time. You're not meant to do that. Instead, you are to connect to the drive’s wireless network, and then configure the drive to connect to your wireless router (or hot-spot, etc) by enabling internet pass-through.

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2 out of 5 eggsLooks excellent on paper, but...

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: The aesthetics are really nice. This is one sharp looking drive. This isn't surprising as Corsair's designs are always top-notch, whether you're talking about their PC cases, power supply's, input devices, or peripherals.

Supports enough connectivity options to make any geek swoon... You can connect to this drive via Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and Wi-Fi. Considering that most external drives support USB only, this is impressive to say the least.

Has a built-in battery that lasts up to seven hours. This is truly awesome, as you can take all your media with you on the go. This could be very useful on long road trips, as the Voyager Air can stream media to multiple devices simultaneously. Corsair even includes a car charger by default, so it seems they thought of just about everything.

Can be powered and charged via a standard 120v outlet or any available USB port. USB charging was huge for me because I don't have any 120v outlets available by my primary PC as they are already all used up. Just wonderful engineering from Corsair here.

1TB capacity is enough to satisfy even the most demanding end-users. There's room for all your media and then some...

The packaging was phenomenal. There are plenty of accessories included and they were all packed in neatly. I wish all vendors packed their gear like this.

1TB capacity is enough to satisfy the most demanding end-users.

Cons: Unfortunately, when it comes to actual functionality I found that this drive leaves a lot to be desired.

Abysmal transfer rates when connected as NAS. I'm not sure what the problem is here. The Gigabit Ethernet port on this drive supports up to 1000 MB/s, but it topped out at 20-25 MB/s. I even tried multiple Ethernet cables and configurations. First I connected the drive to my router's built in switch, then I connected it directly to my NIC via a crossover cable. In both cases, my transfer rates were way under what I expected (20-25 MB/s).

USB transfer rates were better, however for some odd reason I'm getting a lot of stalling\freezing issues during file transfers. I tried multiple files and every single one gave me the same stuttering issues. Granted, the drive was connected via a USB 2.0 port, which isn't optimal. However, that doesn't explain the stuttering issue.

Couldn't even test the Wi-Fi feature. This is because the free Voyager Air mobile app would not run correctly on my Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone (Android 4.1 Jellybean installed). When I ran the app, it launched in a ridiculously low resolution and none of the buttons functioned. I couldn't even navigate to any of the folders stored on the drive. After some research, I found that other Samsung devices are affected by this bug as well. This is a big let down considering that Samsung is an industry leader in the mobile sector (my particular Smartphone is one of the most popular models available). I hope Corsair's software team is in the process of ironing out the bugs here, because this is unacceptable in my opinion. This is akin to not supporting the iphone...

Pricey... Considering how much this drive costs, everything should work as advertised. Sadly, I found that wasn't the case. If everything worked as advertised and you actually required a device that can stream media to five devices simultaneously, this Voyager Air 1TB would be a practical buy.

Other Thoughts: I was really excited to review this drive. When I first read about it I was insanely impressed. It really looks amazing on paper. Sadly, my enthusiasm quickly died out after I dealt with one deal-breaking issue after another.

If everything worked as advertised and you actually required a device that can stream media to five devices simultaneously, this Voyager Air 1TB would be a practical buy. However, that's not the case.

I simply cannot recommend this product at this time, especially considering the price. If you really need the Voyager Air's capabilities, at least wait for Corsair's engineers to iron out most the bugs (Samsung owners beware). It's not very often that Corsair strikes out, so I remain confident that they'll get everything fixed eventually. In the meantime, steer clear.

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5 out of 5 eggsIt's the little things...

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: This drive has lot going for it in terms of positive features. I'll start by listing the obvious things.

USB 3.0 for starters. There isn't going to be any bottlenecks when you plug and play with this drive. Like most external hard drives, it isn't going to be saturating the available bandwidth. That being said, it certainly is no slouch either. In my usage, I was consistently seeing +100MB/s rates; not too shabby.

Gigabit Ethernet allows it to connect it directly into your network and could easily serve as a NAS. I tested out this feature during my testing and indeed it was recognized by all my machines on the network. Beyond that however, I didn't spend much time focusing on the drive as a NAS as I felt the device was better suited as a mobile drive. So I didn't get into any NAS type usage scenarios such as share management and the like.

It's a Media Streaming Wi-Fi Hotspot. This is one of the main advertised features and one of the reasons why I feel this drive is so well suited as a mobile device. If you have this drive along, you can simply enable its Wi-Fi, connect directly to it and access the content on the drive with no wires whatsoever.

It’s the little things that really make this drive shine. For instance, it has an internal battery source that lasts for hours. So not only does this make it well suited for mobility, but also usability. We’ve all dealt with those externals that require an additional power source. Not so with the Voyager Air. You can plug this in via USB and it’s ready to go. This is not to say it doesn’t have an external battery source; it does as it needs to charge. But you have great flexibility in your choices.

It’s a typical Corsair experience in terms of quality with this drive (that’s a good thing). The drive is not too heavy to feel like it’s a burden to carry. It’s also not too light to feel cheap. It’s smaller than other externals offering the same level of performance. In fact I was surprised at the size when I first saw in up close. The pictures online make it look much larger than what it is. It’s attractive to look at. Red looks great on this drive. Parts of the surface are glossy, but don’t pick up many fingerprints and smudges. The Red hides any that it does pick up. It has 4 rubber feet that hold it in place and make it feel solid when placed down. It has indicator lights that display statuses such as power, battery and Wi-Fi.

It comes with a full amount of accessories and a little pull-string bag to store them all in. Included is a USB 3.0 cable, a configurable power adapter that can plug directly into the AC input on the drive, or into the USB connection. A car adapter is also included. So you could power the drive while on a road trip and stream media the whole time to multiple devices.

Cons: This is one of those times where I really had to struggle in finding faults. My whole experience with the drive was mostly positive.

There was one feature however that I wasn’t able to test myself. That was connecting to the drive using an App from a Smart Phone. I simply don’t own an Android Smart Phone to be able to test this feature. I can’t fault the product itself for my lack of an Android Phone.

That doesn’t mean I don’t own a Smart Phone. I am one of those people in the minority that owns a Windows phone. The fact of the matter is in this scenario, Corsair simply doesn’t offer an App for Windows Phone users. For Windows Phone users, this isn’t anything too surprising. We are very used to that scenario. I’m sure most of you won’t consider the lack of Windows Phone support a big deal, but I thought I’d mention it nonetheless.

The battery on my drive didn’t live up to expectations either. Corsair indicates that the battery should last up to 7 hours. In my use, I was synchronizing data from a network location to the Corsair Voyager. There was a large amount of data to sync between the two locations. The synchronizing application had been running for around 3 hours when the battery on the drive died and my synchronization process failed. This was a bit surprising to me for a few reasons. One was the claims from Corsair, where they indicated 7 hours of life from the battery, whereas in reality I got less than half that. Secondly, I was under the impression that the drive’s battery could and would charge (or at least stay charged) while it was plugged into a USB 3.0 port. Sadly this didn’t seem to be the case. At first I thought the drive had died. Instead after plugging the drive into the external power source and watching it come back to life, I then realized that it was merely the battery that had exhausted itself and required recharging.

On that note, when the battery had died, I expected the battery indicator light on the drive to show me in some way that indeed the battery needed recharging. It took me a bit to figure out that when the battery light was orange, it was depleted. Green meant it charged. That wasn’t obvious at first. I suppose some of the blame could come from me not taking the time to search for the answer in the manual.

The price could be a tad lower also. Despite this being a fairly unique product offering lots of flexibility, I feel most people aren’t going to need all that flexibility. Most will simply need a drive that connects to their laptop using a USB cable. I can’t help thinking that more people will go for a more affordable 1TB external hard drive. If the price were a little lower, that would attract more buyers who are on the fence as to whether they need the added features that this product offers.

Other Thoughts: My overall impression of this drive is fairly positive. When I get products to review, I often spend a lot of time just trying to figure out how to make use of them so that I can get an accurate real world view of the product. Often you end up creating situations to simulate how you might use a product or how you would envision using it. I didn’t have that problem when I received this drive for review.

I had recently purchased a new gaming laptop and wanted to set it up with all my information and most importantly my games. Of course my games library is quite large and didn’t want to spend a lot of time transferring the games from my network to the laptop over Wi-Fi. Normally I would however. But not because it’s my only option. I do own some other external drives that are mainly there for this exact purpose, to move large amounts of data from one machine to another to save time. At least that was their intended purpose. The reality of it is that my USB powered external drives are too slow to justify their use. The externally powered drives are a pain simply for the reason that they don’t work without having to mess around with trying to find a spot to plug them in. A typical person may not have this problem. I however have exhausted nearly every electrical outlet around me. So I usually cringe at having to mess around with those large clunky drives that require their own power source.

That is where I was so happy to have had the Voyager Air. I didn’t have to plug it into its own power source, and it was fast enough that I was able to transfer all my games in one sitting from one device to another.

I mentioned in the Cons section of this review that I wasn’t able to test the drive using my Windows smart phone. I did have the Voyager Air at work at one point. I enabled its Wi-Fi capabilities and asked my co-workers to connect to it and listen to my music collection for the day. Everyone was able to do that. But more importantly, one of my co-workers was sporting an Android smart phone. I asked him to visit the Play store and search for “Voyager”. He quickly located the App for the drive and installed it. All I can say is that it worked. My direct involvement with testing that feature was limited. But I was able to observe the App working and he was able to browse my entire music collection and play any songs through the App itself. So if you Android users are in need of that type of functionality, this drive might just be what you are looking for.

I’m already a fan of Corsair’s products. The majority of the time what they are offering is quality grade enthusiast level devices and equipment. This time, it’s no different. Anyone using this drive is going to feel like they have something fairly unique and special. Aesthetically the drive gives a sporty look. You won’t be embarrassed to be seen using this drive out in the open.

If you’re in the market for a drive like this, the Corsair Voyager Air will definitely satisfy.

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  • Gary K.
  • 4/5/2013 9:12:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsQuestions

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: Have not ordered yet

Cons: Have not ordered yet

Other Thoughts: Does anyone know if the media streaming capability is compatible with Xbox 360? I currently have a NAS which I stream movies off of via my Xbox...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Corsair Customer,
For inquiries like this it would be best if contact our Custoemr service department using the following link: http://www.corsair.com/support/technicalsupport/
They can also be reached by phone using the toll free number listed on our contact page: http://www.corsair.com/us/company/contact/
Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support

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  • Justin C.
  • 3/27/2013 6:04:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely versatile

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: -Provides an extremely easy way to expand the media space of a smartphone or tablet - which doesn't have much Hard Drive space in the first place.
-Can also use it as an external hard drive for your desktop/laptop
-I've only wirelessly connected 3 devices to it, but it worked great and can support 5 total devices for HD video.
-When not being used wirelessly you can connect it to a router and use it as NAS and any computer connected to that network should be able to access it which is great for easy storage
-USB 3.0 so transferring on/off the hard drive is extremely fast.
-Also supports USB 2.0 so if you or a friend don't have USB 3.0 it will still work.
-7 hour advertised battery life, but I've had it last longer than that. 7 hours is more than enough. It also charges from empty to full in about 2 hours.
-Extremely mobile and easy to set it up when you're away from home.
-Comes with a car charger which makes it tons easier when transporting it to a friends and playing music in your car via your phone. Also, if it didn't come with a car charger I wouldn't have even thought of using it on roadtrips, which I am now excited to do. Corsair has seriously thought of everything.

Cons: -On/off switch kind of flimsy
-Would have rather had a matte finish instead of glossy so it wouldn't get so smudgy while handling it.

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  • Vanessa E.
  • 3/22/2013 6:44:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsEdit to my last review

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: I do not see where to edit my last review
There is an option for internet pass-through that allows you to access the internet while connected with your phone so long as the drive is connected via Ethernet.

Cons: same as before

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  • Vanessa E.
  • 3/18/2013 10:26:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsQuite Impressive

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-1000-NA

Pros: Works well with iOS and Android devices as well as your home computer.
Battery life is as advertised.
Data transfer rate is fantastic.
Good size and weight for carrying around with you.

Cons: Once about 3 indoor walls or one brick wall are between you and the unit it is hard to get a good wifi signal.
The On/Off switch is easy to bump when transporting.
If your phone is connected by wifi you will not have any internet access.

Other Thoughts: I've been playing around with mine for about a week now and overall I am very happy with it. As far as an external hard drive goes it is fantastic.
The free app to use it with your phone is very easy to use. I played with it on my iphone as well as my girlfriends evo 4g. When at home you just connect it to your router and your computer sees it as another network drive, or you can connect it directly as an external drive via USB.

To put it through it's paces I took it to a get together recently. Everybody was able to hook their phones right up immediately after downloading the app. I had 4 devices connected at once and everyone was accessing the data on it.
The app has a built in video and music player. So one friend was looking at my pictures while I streamed music for the party and another friend was watching a movie while a 4th was pilfering my stash of music and downloading the songs to his phone.

I was a little disappointed in the range of the wifi. There was nothing more than a window between us and once you got about 20 ft away you started to lose the signal.

I don't have a case for it and was carrying it in my front pocket, as it was small enough to fit. I did however manage to accidentally turn it on while doing this. I would not recommend the pocket method of transport.

It lost an egg because of the wifi signal strength, aside from that though I am very happy with the unit and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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