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8.4 out of 10

Corsair Flash Survivor GT

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Overall 10

Expert Review

15 April 2009
  • Conclusion: Its full-bodied, no compromises hard-man routine makes the Corsair Survivor massively over-qualified for most everyday needs. For the narrow niche of people who really need extreme ruggedness, the Survivor fits the bill perfectly. For everyone else, it's down to whether the unquestionable bragging rights it brings are worth the £80 asking price.
  • Pros: With the Survivor, Corsair hasn't pulled its punches – this really is as tough as it gets. You may never get to test whether it really is water-resistant to 200m as its maker claims, but at least you'll be reassured that dropping it in a puddle won't cause any damage. And unlike many rugged USB sticks, the physical protection hasn't come at the cost of storage capacity, with this spacious 32GB version partnered by an even more generous 64GB option in the model range.
  • Cons: The Survivor certainly is eye-catching, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. Its looks make it clear in no uncertain terms that this is no ordinary USB drive, and this might attract more attention than you'd like. Then there's the excessiveness of its ruggedness: for most people, features like water resistance to 200m and a shell made from aircraft-grade aluminium are completely unnecessary, impressive as they look on paper.
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Overall 9

Corsair Flash Survivor GT

maximum pc
1 October 2007
  • Excerpt: We’ve used too many Jack Bauer references lately, but c’mon, how could we review this key and not say it’s the one Jackie boy would use? The 8GB Flash Survivor GT, after all, is shock and water resistant—and if your service automatic runs out of ammo, you can even fling its hard aluminum body at someone’s head. But how does it perform? Quite well, actually.
  • Pros: Fast reads/writes for all file sizes, well-nigh indestructible.
  • Cons: Slight squeak when closing. No bundled encryption software.
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