As USB flash modules start to reach their speed limits, memory companies are trying to find different ways to set their products apart. We’ve seen everything from sushi memory, humping dog memory, and everything in between. Yesterday, Corsair announced their latest USB flash memory drive that might just be worthy of some attention.
Being a huge fan of Casio G-Shock watches, Corsair’s PR announcement of the Flash Survivor immediately captured my eye. Like the G-Shock, it is built with ruggedness in mind, and does more than sport a fancy look to accomplish that. In other words, like the G-Shock, it’s not just about looks.
First of all, the memory module is completely water-tight, encased by a waterproof seal that can withstand pressure up to 20 atmospheres. In other words, waterproof up to 200 meters. So you can be pretty sure it will handle being left in your pocket if you get stuck in a rainstorm ;)
Secondly, and this is the part I appreciate, it is shock-proof. It’s the first flash drive I’ve seen that is encased 100% in CNC aluminum. And furthermore, the memory module and other components are encased in a rubber shielding which will absorb shocks, preventing damage.
Finally, they didn’t forget about performance either. The Flash Survivor is available in regular and “GT” models. Specifications aren’t given for the regular model, but the GT has a read/write performance of 34/28 MB/s. They say this is “5 times faster than typical USB drives”, which I guess means the non-GT model is rated at 6.8/5.6 MB/s which isn’t so hot.
The GT comes in an 8GB configuration, and will carry an MSRP of $129.99. The non-GT comes in 4GB and costs just $59.99.
To be sure, we’ll try to get some of these into our labs here in Hong Kong. The typhoon season is just about to hit, and I can think of some fun ways to put these babies to the test ;)