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Corsair Voyager Air is an excellent mobile storage solutionEditor Dong Ngo reminisces fondly of love with the Corsair Voyager Air
-Hi guys, Dong Ngo here. And this is the Voyager Air from Corsair. Now, this is a portable drive with a built-in battery and a Wi-Fi network, so you can connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to it such as laptop, tablet, or smartphone and stream data from it. Now, the idea is not new because, on the market, there have been other devices with the same features such as the G-Connect from G-tech or the Wireless Plus from Seagate. Now, you can see they're kind of similar, but the Corsair here manages to be quite different. First, it comes in red. Now, it's important because it kind of matches with my T-shirt. What makes it really different is the fact that it comes with feature that the other two individually doesn't have. For example, the G-Connect here comes with a network port, but doesn't have a battery on the inside, and the Wireless Plus here comes with a battery on the inside, actually a very good battery, but no network port. So, this is a device that comes with everything you ask for, for mobile storage device. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi network, a built-in network port, and a built-in battery with up to seven hours of battery life. Almost everything you can ask for. And of course, it also works as a regular best power portable drive when connected to your computer using the included USB 3.0 cable. Now, the best [unk] of the Voyager Air is of course as a mobile media server with up to 1TB of storage space. You can basically transfer your entire library onto it and bring on the go. And that it can stream photo, music, document video to your tablets and smartphone and what have you. It comes with a Voyager Air mobile app for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices to make the streaming and managing its feature an easy job. I don't know about you, but for me, this means, I can bring with me the entire catalog of Michael Bolton. For my money, nothing is more effective than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman." So romantic, so sentimental, and so many good memories. All right, now, back to the Voyager Air. On the front here, you can see it has two on-off switches, one for the power and the other for the Wi-Fi signal. Actually, I really like the fact that the on and off positions are clearly marked. With other devices such as the Wireless Plus, there's only one power button. You have to press and hope-- and hold that-- you hold that long enough or press quick enough for it to work as expected. Another good thing about the Voyager Air is the fact that it comes with a car charger and also a travelling pouch. At the cost of $220 for 1TB or $180 for 500GB, I think the new device here is quite a good buy. But for more on that, you have to check out the full review and do some reading. And when you're there, make sure you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Play. And that's because I am Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the Voyager Air from Corsair. And by the way, it has a free T-shirt.