May 07, 2007 Corsair reveals industry’s “toughest USB drive”
Fremont-based Corsair Inc. has this week unveiled what it believes is the tech industry’s “toughest USB drive,” offering a sturdy, water-resistant, CNC-milled aluminium casing that provides users with shock-proof security for their stored information and data “in the most demanding environments.”
Considered a leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, Corsair’s rugged USB 2.0 Flash Survivor line-up is available in two variations: the $129.99 USD Flash Survivor GT, which offers 8GB of secure storage; and the standard $59.99 USD Flash Survivor, which delivers a thoroughly reliable 4GB of storage.
In terms of unique features, the Flash Survivor models are sealed with an Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) waterproof seal, which provides effective water resistance for to 200 metres (650 feet) / 20 Atmospheres. It’s worth noting that while Corsair opts not to supply a viable reason why one might need a Flash drive 650 feet under water, the company is keen to point out that its drives betrayed no signs of leaking or compromised data integrity during the product test phases.
Beyond the apparent benefits of deep sea storage, Corsair’s robust drives are reinforced with triple-point protection against shock and impact, which includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milled aluminium precision to guarantee quality of materials and also the overall toughness level of the drives. Additional protection is provided by the implementation of rubber moulded collar shielding, which absorbs shock and vibration if dropped, thus prevented impact damage to the drive or its USB connector. Finally, engineered outer metal tubing and double end caps also deliver reinforced strength to the drive’s casing.
Corsair also claims that the 8GB GT model of its new Flash Survivor drives is “5 times faster than other drives” and is also further protected through “the most secure encryption algorithms available” thanks to preloaded 256bit AES security encryption.
“Corsair has built the Flash Survivor family specifically for customers with a ‘Bring It On!” attitude – for someone who doesn’t want to worry if his/her equipment can stand up to the active lifestyle they lead,” enthused Jack Peterson, VP of marketing at Corsair. “Storing your valuable information on a USB drive capable of weathering the storm of everyday life while ensuring your data is safe – that is what Flash Survivor is all about.”
From a performance standpoint, the Flash Survivor drives deliver read/write speeds up to 34MB/sec and 28MB/sec respectively, offering dual channel and interleave memory technology, and are built with highly screened NAND flash and an advanced memory controller.
Corsair’s “5 times faster than other drives” claim is backed up by the company stating the 8GB GT drive can store 20 office files (equating to a total of 1.06MB) in less than a second, while an “Average USB” drive can take 5 seconds; 60 pictures (279MB) can be stored in 17 seconds as opposed to 70 seconds, and a single movie file (1.63GB) can be handled in 82 seconds (1 min 22 secs) while an average drive will drag the process out for 358 seconds (5 mins and 58 secs).
The Flash Survivor drives are available now.