Corsair intros AIO wireless storage, Kingston shows 1TB USB drive

By on January 8, 2013, 3:30 PM

Corsair has expanded its Voyager line with a reasonably priced, feature-rich external storage solution that seems comparable to the HP Pocket Playlist or Kingston Wi-Drive. The company's new Voyager Air fills four roles: a USB drive, a network attached storage unit, a wireless drive and a wireless hub.

The device comes with a 2.5-inch hard drive in capacities of 500GB or 1TB and it features USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet connectivity for conventional storage/NAS scenarios. However, it's also armed with a rechargeable battery and 802.11n Wi-Fi, which makes the drive more practical as a mobile solution.

Along with being accessible Windows, OS X and Linux-based machines, data stored on the Voyager Air can be streamed to iOS and Android devices with a free app. Corsair says the Air can pump HD content to as many as five devices at once, while the battery provides up to seven hours of cordless usage.

In addition to its storage capabilities, the Voyager Air can act as a wireless hub by connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot and enabling wireless passthrough to share Internet access. Pricing for the 500GB model is set at $199, while the 1TB version will go for $229. Units are expected to ship next month in various colors.

Accompanying the Air, Corsair also announced a new Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 thumb drive, which has a sleek brushed metal enclosure, a capless design as well as read and write speeds of up to 260MB/s and 235MB/s. Pricing is set at $50 for $32GB, $90 for 64GB and $180 for 128GB. Availability is unknown.

While we're talking about storage, it's worth mentioning Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 3.0 drive, which touts a zinc metal alloy case, 240MB/s reads, 160MB/s writes and capacities of 512GB (shipping now for $1,750) and 1TB (due later this quarter, no word on pricing -- "not cheap" is a safe bet).




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1 person liked this | Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wait a minute.... $1,750 for a flash drive? BWAHAHAHAHA! No.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Ooooh I do like those Corsair drives.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Ehh, I thought SSD drives where down to 50 cents per gigabyte?

So that would make the 512GB drive ca $250?

How do they justify the added $1500 ontop of that? Silly does not even begin to describe it!

T77 T77 said:

Umm, interesting! $1750 for 512GB and a safe bet for 1TB would be around $2000.

For that price one could get an alienware...

LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

It's like an apple tax on steroids.

Guest said:

Who would want a dell pos???

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It's like an apple tax on steroids.

If Apple ever released anything like this I think I'd feint at the cost especially if they were forced to use Samsung's nand.

Camikazi said:

Ehh, I thought SSD drives where down to 50 cents per gigabyte?

So that would make the 512GB drive ca $250?

How do they justify the added $1500 ontop of that? Silly does not even begin to describe it!

Prices for the few 1TB SSDs out there are around $2500 and 512GB SSDs are in the $400 to $600 range. Also those SSDs are much bigger and have a lot more space to squeeze in the chips, these flash drives are smaller so it is harder to fit that much space so prices will go up.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

@Camikazi Oh well, here on the other side of the pond prices look much better then.

I can find a 1TB thunderbolt SSD drive for less than half that price, and a 1TB PCIe SSD aswell

T [link] Also Micron has announced the 960GB [link]

Camikazi said:

@Camikazi Oh well, here on the other side of the pond prices look much better then.

I can find a 1TB thunderbolt SSD drive for less than half that price, and a 1TB PCIe SSD aswell

T [link] Also Micron has announced the 960GB [link]

The LaCie is not a single 1TB SSD, it is 2 512GB drives so yes it will be cheaper. The OCZ PCIe SSD is pretty much the same, it is 2 SSDs that are RAIDed together. As for Micron they might be on to new, smaller chips which should be more efficient and less pricey so it's possible but the rest as of now it is usually either cheaper RAIDed SSDs to make 1TB or expensive single SSD 1TB drives.

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