Corsair Voyager Air review (video)

July 13, 2013
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Do you travel a lot? Do you use a lot of media on your Android devices? Then you might want to take a look at a portable, external hard drive. Enter, the Corsair Voyager Air.

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    The Corsair Voyager Air is more than just your average, external hard drive. Most smartphone top out at about 64GB of onboard memory, and even if you’re able to double that with a microSD card, it’s still not a whole lot of space if you plan on storing movies, music, and photos on your device. Sure, Corsair’s Voyager Air may not solve that exact problem, but it does a pretty good job at trying.

    So, the question is — can you justify the Voyager Air’s, somewhat, high price? Read on to find out.

    Hardware

    Corsair’s Voyager Air comes in two capacities: 500GB and 1TB. We’re reviewing the latter. It connects via backwards-compatible USB 3.0, and it sports a powerful, built-in 6,200 mAh battery that allows you to use the device while it’s not plugged in.

    Build

    The Voyage Air comes in at roughly 5.5-inches long, 3-inches wide, and a single inch thick. To give you an idea of just how small this external hard drive, it’s about the size of an old MP3 player. So much so that the device easily fits in my pocket.

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    Power and Wi-Fi switches are placed on the front, while the USB, power, and LAN connections are placed on the back. While you can connect the Voyager Air with just one cable for data transfer, using the second cable and a second port charges the device’s built-in battery as you use it. In other words, you’re going to be able to get a lot of juice out of this bad boy.

    Software

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    While you can plug it into a computer via USB or use it as a NAS device if you connect it to a router, to use the Voyager Air with your Android device, you’ll want to enable its built-in Wi-Fi. It’s a simple process, really. Just turn the drive on, turn on WiFi, and connect just like you would to any other Wi-Fi network. It’s that easy.

    Once you’re connected, you can use the Voyage Air app to manage settings and files; you just have to download it from the Play Store, first. One of the coolest things about this external hard drive is its built-in Wi-Fi Passthru.

    When the Voyager Air connects to another wireless network and acts as a bridge between your device and the other network, meaning you can still have full access to the Internet, but this has... other uses.

    Basically, when the Voyager Air connects to another wireless network and acts as a bridge between your device and the other network, meaning you can still have full access to the Internet, but this has… other uses.

    Think about hotel rooms that charge per device you hook up to the Wi-Fi. Simply connect the Voyager Air to the Wi-Fi, and connect all of your other devices to the Voyager Air. While it’s a really cool feature, the best part about this is that it can potentially save you a lot of money if you travel a lot.

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    Battery

    As for the battery, Corsair claims that the Voyager Air’s 6,200 mAh unit allows video streaming for up to seven hours. While I didn’t test this specifically, I did get quite a substantial amount of life out of the Voyager Air. However, you can always check the battery capacity of the Air through the Voyager Air app, if you want to try and pinpoint how long this device can actually last.

    Video review

    Wrap up

    I connected the Voyager Air to a few Android devices as well as computers running Windows 8, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and a few different Linux distributions, and it was plug and play on every one, although it’s formatted to NTFS, so I wasn’t able to write to it out of the box on Mountain Lion. Still, it’s extremely easy to use.

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    The Voyager Air is a bit high when it comes to price. The extremely portable, external hard drive will cost you around $200, depending on where you look online. However, if you travel a lot, you could potentially save yourself a few extra bucks. It’s definitely a cool little gadget.

    Brad Ward contributed to this review

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    Comments

    • Luka Mlinar

      This thing is pointless.

      • Duh

        This thing is not for you Sir, still sounds good to me btw.

      • panzer

        well, if you never travel far from 4G network, this one isn’t for you. :)

        I traveled a lot to place where phone network isn’t available (sea, mountain, etc), so portable wi-fi hard drive is an indispensable tool for me.

        microsd card is good but if you filming hd video a lot, even 64gb sdcard will used up quite fast. and not all phone/tablet support microsd slot.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Oh come on! Most phones are at least 16 gigs now. Where the hell are you gonna get that much data on a business trip? Flat rate is so affordable where every you go that i would personally just upload everything to G drive. If it’s to big to upload it shouldn’t be on my phone. And if you our out of range of service for more then a day then it’s not likely that you will need that much storage. Unless you find a yeti and want to take 9000 blurry high resolution pictures.

          • Again

            Did you ever wonder why some people like an iPhone? And people like us(i assume you are) like an Android?

            • Luka Mlinar

              You mean music? Ok find but not reason enough to carry a brick around. Might as well carry my netbook. Hey i’m sorry man i just don’t see any point in this. Hell they are making USB flash keys you can plug into your phone.

            • MasterMuffin

              Brick? It’s really small actually and useful

          • oldschool

            You are an idiot

      • Rick Allen

        Disclaimer: I work for Corsair.

        Voyager Air is designed for people that have a LOT of data to take around with them. A common use is watching movies, especially for families that want to keep the kids entertained. HD movies are around 2GB in size so internal and SD memory don’t go very far. The drive will let you serve up the data without a connection and without burning through your data plan. My wife learned the hard way that about streaming Netflix on the road when she got a $400 phone bill. :)

        • Luka Mlinar

          A friends wife did the same when she gave her kid the phone to watch cartoons. A wife will not use this. I have mixed feeling about Corsair as is but this thing is a bit out there. I suppose no one else is doing it so it will generate some* profit. Hell, i still don’t get why people keep buying the iPhone but they do. Maybe Corsair should have called it the iCloud. Just go strait for the customers that will buy it :D

    • Conner Rhoads

      Huh, that’s pretty nifty. Its a little on the expensive side, but I think I’d almost drop be willing to drop $100 on it easily. At a $200 price point, I’m a little more inclined to invest another $100 into another WD Personal Cloud.

      • Rick Allen

        The 500GB model is selling for $99 from a few major retail sites.

    • schneider

      great review. this Voyager Air a good alternative for Patriot Gauntlet Node.

      for me I prefer Gauntlet Node, because I can use my existing 2.5″ HDD, and can easily replace it with bigger capacity HDD later when necessary.

      other than that Voyager Air wins, like LAN ethernet port, bigger battery capacity, and it’s less hassle for some people that don’t want separate hdd.

    • Taha Adnan

      great device

    • SeanM

      Looks very useful, and not just for mobile devices

    • Hurcan Kose

      Thanks for the review, been thinkin about it

    • Jo

      Omg this item is for business people only some just don’t understand

    • Jesse

      I wanna win

    • ANBU J

      Sounds Good.. An all in one device.. External HD, Wifi Access point, Wireless router, media streamer and data center which is small as fit in the pocket.. Shutup and take my money.. :D

    • Pety

      For a regular user is to big.For those who have a lot of datas,for a huge collection of movies and cartoons and videos,Corsar Voyager Air is very useuseful.

    • Vijeth R

      great product Corsair Voyager Air review, i would love to have it….

    • Arcie

      I will get you this time!!! Please let me win!!!

    • Chatura Jayawardena

      superb

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