Over the course of the past two years I have been carrying a 16gb USB drive on my key chain. This USB contains all of the information for my book projects, my website, my work information and a TON of other very important information. I carry this with me because as a writer and business owner I never know when I may need to access something or add an idea to something else. Up until now I had only been using a standard USB with a rubber top cover, just hoping that nothing ever happened to it and that it never got damaged.
My wife can vouch for the fact that I have bad luck. One “hilarious” story my wife and kids love to relate involves my car keys (always found hanging from my belt loop by caribiner) and the Cheetah enclosure at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. To this day if anyone mentions a zoo, or a cheetah, or keys or anything that they can even remotely connect to the story, well, I don’t hear the end of it. This has caused me a great amount of concern over the past two years while carrying around my project USB. (I do have backups, but that’s not really the point)
To alleviate some of the concern for losing or abusing my USB drive I decided to search for one that was meant to take some abuse. Initial search results yielded extremely expensive USB drives with very low capacity limits. I thought that my search was in vain until I happened along the Corsair website, and the Flash Survivor.
The Corsair Flash Survivor series ranges from 16GB to 128GB and the presentation is very nice. The physical appearance of the device is reminiscent of a secure bank tube or document protection device from a spy movie. The rounded shape made of airline grade aluminum with rubber end rings gives strength and also shock protection against drops. Let’s make this easy and just copy in the specs here:
I thought that this may be the product I was looking for, so I ordered the 16GB Stealth model and waited for it to arrive. Delivery was relatively quick, I believe it was about 7 business days from order until delivery. The packaging was sufficient and plain, but I am not really into packaging these days.
The drive itself has a nice weight to it. It certainly “feels” like it is much more protected than any other USB I have ever purchased. I opened and closed and reopened and re-closed the USB multiple times without any threading issues or difficulties. Although I haven’t run over it with my car or beat it with a bat I have tested it’s strength a few times under “normal circumstances” like dropping it, sitting on it, bumping it into walls, doors and desks, etc. Thus far I have only managed to hurt myself and the Survivor Stealth is still ding free.
When I used the drive for the first time the setup was very quick and the drive is extremely fast. I move a lot of data back and forth on the drive and make lots of changes in folder structures, adds, deletes, etc on a daily basis, so it does get a good workout. So far I have not had a single concern in that regard.
One more factor to consider, if you are like me, is the “cool” factor of the drive. This really is the coolest looking USB I have ever owned and it does give a kind of “James Bond” feel when you are using it. I have loved the drive since getting it, plan to order more from this company, and hope to be able to offer the drives for sale on my website in the future. This product is HIGHLY recommended.