Flash drives might not be the most exciting product category nowadays, but Corsair still manages to intrigue with its latest crop of Voyager drives. This includes a brand-new series it calls Slider X1 and X2, which, as it turns out, is an apt name given its design:
Slider’s biggest selling-point is a no-cap design – if there’s no cap, it can’t be lost. Très simple! Once the drive is not in use, the USB connector can simply slide back into the drive’s chassis to safety.
Admittedly, the styling of the Slider series doesn’t really give off the impression of high performance, but they are quite speedy. While write speeds are not provided, the Slider X1 series peaks at 130MB/s read, while the X2 boosts that to 200MB/s. Both the X1 and X2 series offer densities of 16GB to 256GB, with pricing starting at $15 for the 16GB X1 to $190 for the 256GB X2.
For those demanding even more speed, there’s the Voyager GS and GTX series. Priced at between $90 (64GB) to $400 (512GB), the GS series boasts performance specs of 260MB/s read and 105MB/s write – and that’s what I’d call quite impressive. But then there’s the GTX series, which is spec’d nearly at the same level as desktop SSDs – 450MB/s read, and 200MB/s write. GTX drives are available in just two sizes, 128GB ($130) and 256GB ($250).
Corsair hasn’t said when these drives would become available, but we’d have to imagine the answer would be “soon”.