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19 Flash Drive Roundup

19 Flash Drive Roundup

ATP ToughDrive mini 2GB

The ATP ToughDrive mini is supplied with simple packaging. There is no wristband as you get a metallic hiking-style keychain instead. The ToughDrive mini is a smaller version of the ToughDrive, a flash drive with a synthetic polymer body. The rubber-like synthetic polymer body makes the ToughDrive mini extremely resilient to physical damage while being water resistant.

ATP only manufacture the ToughDrive mini in black. It certainly isn’t the best looking USB flash drive but if shock-resistance is your first priority it is the smallest drive with a synthetic polymer body. ATP also claims that the ToughDrive mini is extremely fast; utilizing 200x flash technology, it should be able to reach speeds of 30MB/s. A blue activity LED can be seen at the top of the drive. The software found with the ToughDrive mini is very simple; it can only lock the access to the drive (or a portion of it) with a password.

Corsair Survivor 4GB

The Corsair Survivor is protected inside a simple plastic package; Inside you will find a USB extension cable, a strange lanyard in the form of a dog tag and an aluminum tube which is actually the flash drive itself. The circular aluminum chassis of the Survivor is large, measuring 83mm long and has a 20mm diameter. It is not heavy because of the use of aluminum, yet the large size still makes it the heaviest drive in our round-up.

As everything is designed for a purpose, the Survivor is built to withstand high levels of physical damage before failing. The circular aluminum CNC machined body of the Survivor can withstand many hundreds of kilograms of pressure while the rubber collars will dampen the shocks. It doesn’t stop there however, as a sealing o-ring will also protect the Survivor from water; up to a maximum of 200m depth. It is also the only drive which could possibly survive a short exposure to high temperatures before the rubber rings and ultimately the synthetic interior of the unit melt. Corsair also bundle the TrueCrypt 256-bit encryption software.


Corsair Voyager 16GB

Like the rest of the Corsair USB flash drives, the Voyager is supplied in a sealed plastic package with a thick lanyard and an USB extension cable. The Voyager is the first USB flash drive Corsair designed years ago and it is one of the few flash drive designs which has endured this long. The Voyager has a synthetic polymer body which feels like hard rubber, making the drive extremely shock-proof and grants it some water resistance. Of course the Voyager is not nearly as durable as the Survivor, but it will take much more than an accidental drop to damage it nonetheless. The Voyager is not very small, measuring 75x22x14mm (LxWxH), but it is not a large drive either.

The capacity of the first Voyager drives was a mere 128MB; today you can buy a Voyager which can hold up to 32GB of data. The review sample which we received is the 16GB version, a very large flash drive by today’s standards which is capable of storing more than 4000 MP3 songs and well over 5000 high resolution pictures. The Voyager is good looking, although some people may not like the bluish color on the sides. Corsair’s logo can be found at the cap of the drive and the entire hyperlink at the rear of the drive. At the front you will notice the blue data access LED light beside the large model logo. Inside the Voyager you will find the TrueCrypt 256-bit encryption software which Corsair bundle with the drive.

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