Corsair Voyager Air 2 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅15-07-14

The new Voyager Air 2 builds on the success of the original Air design by offering a much more refined product.

By offering up to 1TB of mobile storage, this device can easily be the go-to device within the home (or even office). As we demonstrated in our short video, dropping files onto the drive is easy and accessing them via a smartphone or tablet is even easier. The idea of having a device ready to stream media and sat on a shelf without the need for a cumbersome cable brings innovation into the home but Air 2 isn’t restricted to only this arena – we can definitely see commuters using this funky device whilst travelling, especially since the generous battery life of 5-6 hours is made available.

Accessibility and functionality doesn’t end there either. Corsair has designed Air 2 and its handy little app to utilise wireless passthru allowing the drive to connect to another wireless network in order to obtain an internet connection. Pairing the device up to the TV won’t be a problem either so long as DLNA is available.

There are however a few things to consider with Air 2. The signal strength can only transmit up to approximately 30ft (9m) with a clear path, so the drive really needs to be nearby in order to access files without playback issues. If the drive runs out of battery, the USB cable must be used to charge Air 2 and while this is connected the wireless functionality does not work – the cable has to be removed to use WiFi. Therefore, media cannot be streamed from Air 2 whilst it is charging up.

Voyager Air 2 is available to buy for £129 GBP / $159 USD and is almost three times as expensive as various 1TB USB 3.0 drives but then we have to take into account these drives aren’t able to offer the wireless functionality which is native to Air 2, and really the product being reviewed today is in a completely different league.

Voyager Air 2 is an innovative mobile storage device that will serve a multitude of users. It features a large capacity HDD, rather generous battery life and a number of valuable technologies.

+ Big capacity – 1TB
+ Access library of files on the go
+ Built-in battery
+ 5-6 hours of playback
+ Wireless passthru
+ USB 3.0 interface
+ DLNA support

- Signal strength limitations 30ft (9m)
- Cannot be accessed wirelessly when USB cable attached
- Lacks possibility of expanding HDD (SD Card/bigger HDD)

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