Voyager Air: All Your Stuff, All The Time
When a device does as much as Corsair’s Voyager Air does, it can be a little bit difficult to grok it, and I admit I had trouble too. After I got the chance to play with it and appreciate what it is, though, I found the Voyager Air to be surprisingly simple to use…and it’s actually pretty awesome.
The short and sweet is that Voyager Air is an external hard drive that can be connected to via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or USB 3.0. The USB part of it is easy enough to figure out; plug it in via USB 3.0 and it functions exactly like any garden variety USB hard drive. That’s not actually the cool part, although it’s plenty fast for an external mechanical hard disk.
The cool part is when you connect to it via Wi-Fi. Here’s how it works: you enable the Wi-Fi on it by sliding a switch on the front face; it will show up in the list of available wireless networks nearby. Connect to it, and it functions as network attached storage. If you need to share files with a bunch of people at the same time, multiple computers can connect to it and access it, and it’s transparent. It’s basically a fully functional standalone NAS out of the box with a built-in rechargeable battery.
That’s pretty useful if you do a lot of LAN gaming like I do, especially at other peoples’ houses. But remember that I said you can connect to it over Wi-Fi? If you have the Corsair Voyager Air app installed from the Google Play Store or the iOS Store and connect your phone or tablet to the Voyager Air over Wi-Fi, you can also access the contents from your mobile device. Given how modern smartphones and tablets are increasingly foregoing any kind of expandable storage, the idea of having to make do with 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory is an unpleasant one, especially with how big modern apps are getting. My music collection on its own is about 40GB, and I have an urge to listen to something obscure in it exactly often enough to be irritated by having to pare it down and curate it on a smaller-than-ideal device. With the Voyager Air app, though, I can just stream whatever’s on the drive, be it music or video. I went from being limited to a paltry 32GB or less of onboard flash to having an extra 500GB or even 1TB to work with for my media files.
There’s a heck of a lot more you can do with the Voyager Air and for the other geeks out there like me, it’s a fun toy to play with and can easily become a go-to for mobile storage.