Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, recently announced the Corsair Voyager Air, the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage (NAS), USB drive, and wireless hub.
With 1 TB of capacity, a rechargeable battery capable of 7 hours of continuous video streaming, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity, the Voyager Air enables digital media enthusiasts to consolidate an entire collection of movies, music, or other documents for sharing on their home network or on the go. The media can be directly accessed from a PC or a Mac, or with a free Corsair app for Android or iOS devices. The Voyager Air can quickly connect to home networks for easy access to media from network-enabled Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes too.
The Voyager Air also functions as a NAS drive by simply plugging it into a network router via the built-in Gigabit Ethernet interface. It can then be accessed by multiple users on any networked Windows, OS X, or Linux system to stream media, access files, or backup. The Voyager Air also functions as a super fast USB 3.0 drive, and when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and enabling wireless passthrough, the Voyager Air can be used as a wireless hub to share internet access
Voyager Air will be available, in 500GB and 1TB capacities and in glossy red or soft-touch grey, beginning early February. Suggested retail pricing is $179.99 for 500GB models and $219.99 for 1TB models – about twice the cost of a plain external drive only.
Is it worth the cost? I guess it depends on if you need the versatility and portability of such a device. Even if you’re not a road adventurer, the Voyager Air provides hassle-free sharing at home while being compact enough to pick up and take with you anytime.