Corsair Announces 16GB Flash Drive
Anh Tuan Huynh
December 12, 2006 6:14 PM
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Corsair's Flash Voyager sizes up
today announced the latest addition to its Flash Voyager line of USB drives
. The latest
Flash Voyager drive
arrives in a new 16GB size while retaining the portable form factor of smaller drives. An all-rubber housing surrounds the Flash Voyager 16GB USB drive and allows it to be somewhat water-resistant. Corsair equips the Flash Voyager with a USB 2.0 interface for speedy transfers up to 22MB/s reads and 7MB/s writes.
With the massive 16GB storage space the Flash Voyager can store plenty of high definition video and other multimedia content. Corsair’s Director of Product Marketing, Richard Hashim claims “As high definition content becomes more prevalent and that consumers demand portability of their favorite videos, pictures and applications, the need for an ultra high capacity drive increases. With a 16GB drive, you can put the entire series of three Lord of the Rings movies, an operating system, chat programs, photo editing software and still have storage space available for more,”
Other notable features of the Flash Voyager include 8 bit ECC technology to prolong product reliability and a bundled software encryption application. The bundled encryption application takes advantage of 256bit AES encryption technology.
Expect immediate availability of the Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB flash drive. MSRP pricing of the Flash Voyager 16GB has been set at $299 USD.
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12/13/2006 12:49:19 AM
Then why pay $300 for 16GB if you're not going to use it?
My point was that although the space is there, the speed is not. For $100 you can get a 60GB external 2.5" USB HDD. I have a few of these and they are much faster than 7MB/s, which I doubt you'll see anyway as real world use is probably more like 5 - 6MB/s based on all the other flash drives out there.
I just don't see much of market for a device with this much storage capacity that takes ages to fill and costs 3x as much as a faster 2.5" hdd with 4x the storage space. When they get to writing at 20MB/s and higher, then I think people will be more willing to shell out the money for these, but $300 is too much for the convenice of flash when the speed erodes most of that convenience when dealing with such large amounts of data.
12/13/2006 5:28:30 AM
- Many can write faster than 5-6MB/s now.
- No way I'm lugging around a 2.5" HDD, larger and heavier
- Many can read faster than your 2.5" solution (over USB)
- Mechanical HDD is too fragile for many scenarios
- Granted the price on this is too high but you always have the alternative of a faster, lower cost and more sexy thumbdrive instead.
12/13/2006 8:04:53 AM
They say sustained speed in the press release. Flash doesn't have nearly the latency issues as a hard drive.
I don't think it's about holding a 16GB file, it's about holding 16GB of files, so you can carrry more of your files in a more compact case so it's more readily accessible. Most files won't be anywhere nearly that large.
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