Corsair Flash Survivor (16GB) Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Rugged construction; Water resistant; Fast read speed; Ten-year warranty

The Cons

Slow write speed; No data encryption


This highly durable USB drive offers plenty of storage capacity but not the best speed.

Tough, lightweight, and featuring excellent read speed, the Corsair Flash Survivor is a very capable USB drive for klutzes and outdoor types alike. Priced for less than $50 at select online retailers, the Corsair Flash Survivor doesn't offer security features, but casual users looking for large storage capacity should find it a worthy data transfer device.

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The Survivor feels like the Sherman tank of USB flash drives. At 3.3 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches, it's longer and thicker than your typical flash drive, but with it comes Grade A protection. Its cylinder body is made of rock-solid, aircraft-grade aluminum that we couldn't flex even when we tried to bend it with two hands, and the rubber collars safeguards it from shock damage. If those durability features aren't enough, the Survivor is also water-resistant up to 200 meters courtesy of an EPDM waterproof seal. Corsair includes a USB extension cable as well.


Writing a 1GB video file to the 16GB drive took a lengthy 3 minutes and 18 seconds, or 5.1 MBps, which was nearly three times slower than theKingston DataTraveler HyperX'category-leading 15.0 MBps mark, and about 4 MBps slower than the flash drive average. Fortunately, the Survivor's read speed was good; it read the same file in a lightning-fast 42 seconds, a rate of 24.3 MBps. While that's about 3 MBps faster than the average, it's 9 MBps slower than theOCZ Technology Rally2'sstellar 33.3-MBps performance. Unfortunately, while the Survivor is built to withstand a hurricane, it can't keep hackers at bay, as it lacks encryption.


We like that Corsair Flash Survivor boasts tough-as-nails physical durability, which is backed up a ten-year warranty, but its write speeds are subpar. If you don't require breakneck performance, this USB drive is worth a look.

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Capacity 16GB
Rotational Speed N/A
Seek Time N/A
Read/Write Speed 24.3 MBps/5.1 MBps
Size 3.3 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches
Weight 1.6 ounces
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