- USB 3.0 speed with USB 2.0 compatibility
- Plug and Play, with no driver or app necessary
- Model CMFVG-16GB-NA
Good, even with some questionable design 03/25/2014
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 16GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-16GB-NA
- The flash drive is extremely compact. You definitely want to tether it to something bigger or you seriously risk losing it. In fact, the entire flash drive is nothing more than a memory board, a male full size USB connector, and a male micro USB connector. The housing is about the size of the components previously mentioned plus a cap for the micro USB connector.
- Because my read/write benchmarks for Android turned out to be more benchmarking the device, than the actual drive, I loaned it out to my friends for a few days each to get their subjective opinions. They all reported back that the drive worked well for their purposes. It effectively increased their phone’s storage capacity, allowed much faster file sharing between devices than their available alternatives, saved them having to fumble with cables, and worked as a normal USB flash drive on top of everything else.
- No cap for the standard USB connector. The entire drive couldn’t really be called “robust” but I’ve found over the years that accidents happen, and a capped flash drive will always fair better than an uncapped drive.
- The drive design is not outright bad, but certainly questionable. I’m able to move the entire memory board around in the drive’s housing because I suspect the board isn’t connected to the housing in any way. The drive housing is made of plastic which I suspect would shatter with a forceful enough impact, rather than deform. The housing could have also benefited from a rubber coating similar to some of Corsair’s other drive designs. This would have protected the plastic of the housing, and provided something to grip the drive. Due to its size and the smooth finish, it can be difficult to connect and disconnect from devices. The cap for the micro USB connector is also lacking in texture, which can make it hard to remove.
-No activity LED. This would have been an especially useful feature because I frequently use the indicator LEDs on my plethora of flash drives to let me know when a job has finished, without having to either turn my screen on, or alt-tab out of what I’m doing. My friends also voiced this concern; mentioning they had a tendency to start a job for the drive and immediately move on to something else, which would have to be frequently interrupted while checking the progress of the job. Their complaint stemmed from the inability to simply leave the drive in and ignore it (as I more often than not do on my desktop) because of concerns about how their phones with the drive connected would fair when left in either their pockets, or a phone holster.
- An extra cap, the reason given being to customize the look of the drive? Why? I found it more useful to use the yellow cap just to give this tiny drive some contrast, since I frequently had trouble finding it on my desk.
- Drive comes default formatted as FAT32 with the name CORSAIR and a total storage capacity of 14.4GB.
- FAT32 Read Speed: 77.99MB/s USB 3.0
- FAT32 Write Speed: 10.34MB/s USB. 3.0
- FAT32 Read Speed: 33.15MB/s USB 2.0
- FAT32 Write Speed: 8.12MB/s USB. 2.0
- NTFS speeds were the same as FAT32
- My daily use USB3.0 flash drive has read/write speeds about twice as fast as this drive. (A Corsair Stealth Survivor 64GB)
- Do your research before buying this flash drive if you intend to use it for its USB OTG functionality. I tried everything plausible on my phone to try to make it function with OTG and nothing worked. Your best bet is to only consider a USB OTG drive if your device natively supports USB OTG.
- Fortunately when it came time to benchmark this drive on an Android device, I had a few friends with compatible devices. Unfortunately the benchmarks varied quite widely between the three devices I tested on. The only conclusion I can draw then, is that the marginal performance of mobile devices means that the device acting as host to the drive, is much more to do with the read/write speeds, than the drive itself. The chosen devices were coincidentally a Samsung Galaxy S2, 3, and 4.
- In conclusion, this is an excellent, very compact flash drive if you have a compatible device, and find yourself wanting more storage space, or better device-device file transfer. This is a case of “It does what it says on the box.” The cons mentioned were very minor nitpicking on my part, and only included in the hopes of Corsair reading them. However, if you’re only looking for a USB 3.0 flash drive, I wouldn’t recommend this drive because of some poor design decisions, relatively slow read/write speeds, and the price/GB; all of which will improve with a normal USB 3.0 flash drive.
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