Computer peripherals and storage hardware specialist Corsair announced the Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive in 256GB and 128GB capacities, as well as the 1TB Voyager Air 2, a palm-sized, wireless hard drive for mobile devices and Windows and Mac PCs.
The thin and lightweight Flash Voyager GTX is the fastest USB flash drive the company has ever produced, boasting peak transfer speeds of up to 450M bps read time and 350M bps write time.
Compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, the Flash Voyager GTX works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux with no additional software required.The flash drives will be available in July through Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers, and they come backed with a five-year warranty.
The Flash Voyager GTX 128GB will retail for $119.99 while the 256GB model will sell for $199.99.
The Flash Voyager GTX features the inner technologies of a solid state drive (SSD), with USB Attached small computer system interface (SCSI) and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring to help ensure faster, error-free transfers of large video, music and photo collections.
In addition, TRIM support curbs degradation so the Flash Voyager GTX retains its performance—this support allows an operating system to inform an SSD which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.
The rechargeable battery-powered Voyager Air 2, a palm-sized, wireless hard drive, uses the company’s updated Voyager Air 2.0 software, which adds new features to the Voyager Air product family like simplified media browsing, cloud synchronization with Dropbox and Google Drive, and Airplay streaming to Apple TV.
For improved mobility, the high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to seven hours of video streaming between recharges.
The drive also functions as a streaming media server with a wireless hub built-in, so it can wirelessly stream digital content to other playback devices directly with no Internet connection required. Media can be played with the free Voyager Air app for Android, Apple iOS and Amazon Kindle Fire devices, or through a Web browser.
The drive provides 802.11n/b/g Wi-Fi connections for multiple users at ranges up to 90 feet, and can stream 720p high-definition video to up to five devices at once.
Carrying a suggested price of $179.99, Voyager Air 2 comes ready to use in Windows format (NTFS), but Mac users can reformat to HFS+ for Time Machine compatibility. The drive can also be partitioned for easier organization of media and user files.