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Corsair Voyager Air review

Extend your tablet's storage with this portable Wi-Fi hard drive

Our Verdict

For

  • Built-in battery and Wi-fi
  • Can act as NAS drive
  • USB 3.0
  • Good performance

Against

  • No internet sharing from hotspot
  • No remote access

Despite Apple recently adding a 128GB option to the iPad 4, storage space on iOS devices is still a problem for people who love to watch HD movies on the go.

The Corsair Voyager Air is a 1TB external hard drive (there's also a cheaper 500GB model) that can connect to your iOS device over Wi-Fi, letting you watch video, view photos and open other files stored on it, leaving the storage on your device free to be used for apps and games.

You can load files from your computer onto the Voyager Air using a USB port, or by plugging it into your home network using its Ethernet port, making it act like normal network storage, so any computer can access or load files. It also acts as a media server, letting you watch videos on compatible games consoles and set-top boxes.

Here, we'll concentrate on the iOS support. This hard drive is most useful on the go, thanks to its built-in battery and the ability to create its own Wi-Fi hotspot.

To access the Voyager Air from your iPhone or iPad, you'll need to download the accompanying free app, which will detect the unit and connect, provided you're connected directly to its Wi-Fi hotspot. The app won't detect the Voyager Air through your home network, sadly. Still, it means that wherever you are, you can just flick on the Voyager Air's Wi-Fi switch and then connect to your iPad in the Settings app.

The battery is rated for around seven hours, which isn't brilliant, but should be good enough for most purposes. The Voyager Air comes with both a mains and car charger though, so it isn't a problem to top it up (but bear in mind that it doesn't charge from a computer when connected through the USB 3.0 cable).

Connecting to it is simple, and the app immediately shows you all the files and folders stored on it. There's no media sorting (letting you just view, say, videos) or search function, so you'll need to make sure that you organise everything into tidy folders.

The app isn't the prettiest, but it does its job well, and up to five devices can access it at once. Files and videos that iOS supports natively can be viewed right in the app, so you can watch movies, browse photos and read some documents.

All movies we tried (including high-quality 1080p videos) played smoothly with no obvious deterioration from being streamed; photos looked good, though the app struggled with rotation, displaying some sideways or upside-down.

For files and even video types that aren't supported by iOS, you can use the Open With command in Corsair's app to send these files to a different app that's capable of reading them. So you can open MKV or AVI videos in AVPlayer, open spreadsheets in Excel, or open text documents for editing in the likes of Pages.

Verdict

There are some other features we feel the Voyager Air is missing - internet sharing over Ethernet and remote access most of all, though the latter is planned in an update - but on the whole, it's the most capable external storage for iOS we've seen yet. It's not cheap, but for those who want to have a library of HD video available for their device, it's excellent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Hard Drive
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Product FamilyVoyager Air
Drive Width3.5"
Brand NameCorsair
Drive TypeExternal
Form FactorPortable
Storage Capacity1 TB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Maximum Read Transfer Rate120 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate119 MBps
Country of OriginTaiwan
ColourRed
ManufacturerCorsair
Product NameVoyager Air Mobile Wireless Storage with Ethernet 1 TB Red - EU Plug
Product LineVoyager Air
Manufacturer Part NumberCMFAIR-RED-1000-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.corsair.com
Marketing InformationThe High-Performance Media Hub for Your Connected Life

Voyager Air has the capacity to store all your digital media, and the flexibility to let the whole family enjoy it at home or on the go.

That's because Voyager Air is the first all-in-one portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and the compact size and extra-long battery life make it easy to take with you.

Connect It to Your Home Network

Use Gigabit Ethernet to connect it to your home network, and use Voyager Air as a shared network drive. Consolidate all of your media in one place and access it from any Windows, OS X or even Linux system in your house.

Break the Mobile Storage Barrier

Smart phones and tablets are great for enjoying media anywhere, but even the most advanced phones and tablets have only 64GB of storage. Voyager Air comes with up to one terabyte of storage, enough to hold up to 800 full-length HD movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You'll never run out of entertainment again.

Package Contents
  • Voyager Air Mobile Wireless Storage with Ethernet 1 TB Red - EU Plug
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Accessory Pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wall Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • 2A Car Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)530 g