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  1. Wireless devices like our recently released K63 wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB/SE wireless mice can be subject to interference from other wireless devices in your environment, so here are some tips and tricks to keep you unplugged and playing. There are three different plug-in configurations we recommend for positioning the USB wireless receiver as close to your device as possible for optimal performance: 1.A front panel USB port on your desktop system (or closest USB port on your laptop) 2.The included USB charging/data cable via the USB cable adapter which will allow you to place the wireless receiver closer to your device 3.A nearby USB passthrough port such as the one available on the K95, K70, K65, STRAFE, MM1000, MM800, or ST100 And here’s a useful diagram to demonstrate the three different configurations! To improve performance even further, it's best to make sure that the wireless receiver is kept away from other USB wireless devices, wireless networking equipment, or USB storage devices (such as flash drives). For more information on our wireless peripherals, join our community at the Corsair User Forum!
  2. So you've got yourself the Dark Core RGB or Dark Core RGB SE, CORSAIR's first wireless gaming mouse! While you could use this mouse right out of the box, we recommend downloading the latest version of CUE and upgrading the mouse's firmware for the best experience. Here's a quick tutorial on how to grab the latest version of CUE and update the firmware of your Dark Core! 1. Open your favorite web browser and go to www.corsair.com/downloads webpage. 2. Select "Gaming Mice" from Product Category drop down menu. 3. Find "DARK CORE RGB/SE" on the list of products and click download button on the right to download the latest version of Corsair Utility Software (CUE). The version that supports DARK CORE RGB and DARK CORE RGB SE is 2.22.83 or later. 4. Install CUE by following on-screen instructions. A Windows restart may be required upon the completion of the install. 5. Start CUE 6. Plug-in the wireless USB transceiver (dongle) into the available USB port. NOTE: When using desktop PC, for best wireless performance it is highly recommended to plug the dongle into the available USB port on the front panel of the computer case. 7. The icon representing DARK CORE RGB will appear on the top of the CUE window. Click on the icon, if a firmware update is available, the "Update" button will appear at the bottom of the CUE window. 8. Connect mouse to your PC with USB charging/data cable included. 9. Ensure the power toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in ON position, and the wireless connectivity toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in 2.4GHz position. 10. Click " Update" button in the lower left hand side of the CUE window and the following dialog will appear "New firmware version is available. There is a new firmware version available for DARK CORE RGB. Do you want to update Firmware now?" 11. Click the "Update" button at the top of the FIRMARE UPDATE box to continue, a “Settings” screen will appear, and the firmware update process will start automatically. 12. After a few minutes, a firmware download will be completed, followed by the appearance of a "Warning" button at the bottom of the CUE window. 13. Click the "Warning" button and follow the instructions to complete the firmware upgrade: a. Unplug the wireless USB dongle from the PC. b. Disconnect the USB cable from the PC and the mouse. c. Move the power toggle switch to OFF position on your mouse. d. Plug the wireless USB dongle back into the PC. e. Move the power toggle switch on the mouse back to the ON position. And that's it! You're ready to experience all that the Dark Core RGB and Dark Core RGB SE have to offer!
  3. Cooling and lighting control for a modern system can be convoluted and messy. One program controls your lighting, another controls your fans, and maybe even a third monitors your temperatures. Our CORSAIR LINK software and the new Commander PRO combine these features into a single device and software combo. The Commander PRO is the key to controlling almost every aspect of your build’s cooling and lighting. You can monitor temperatures with the included thermistors, control PWM and DC fans, RGB LED strips, and even connect other CORSAIR LINK USB devices such as our intelligent power supplies and Hydro Series coolers with the integrated USB 2.0 HUB. Connectivity After unboxing the Commander PRO, you’ll notice that it’s surprisingly compact. Measuring in at 133mm x 69mm x 15.5mm with a single internal USB 2.0 cable and SATA power cable. Taking a quick look at the Commander PRO’s onboard connections, you’ll notice the following: 2x RGB LED channel ports 4x Thermal sensor headers 6x 4-pin fan headers 2x USB 2.0 headers Inside the Box The Commander PRO includes the following: 2x RGB LED hub cables 4x Thermal sensors 5x Fan extension cables 2x pieces of mounting tape Physical Installation Installing the Commander PRO is simple, find a flat surface inside your case and stick it in place with the included pieces of double-sided mounting tape. Make sure to plan ahead and pick a location that is reachable by all the fan and LED cables (the included fan extension cables provide added flexibility). Once you have everything connected, you’ll see something like this screenshot when you launch CORSAIR LINK. Lighting Just like the Lighting Node PRO, the Commander PRO unlocks a plethora of lighting effects that you can sync across your compatible LINK RGB devices, or you can control each device individually for wild effects. All the classic modes are there, and as of Corsair LINK 4.7 (which you can download here) you’ll have access to: - Sequential - Marquee - Strobing - Visor After you’ve given your build some personality, you’ll want to dive right into temperature sensors and fan control. This is where the Commander PRO really shines. Fans and Temps Several preset fan curves can be chosen from to auto adjust fan speeds. However, you can also choose fixed RPM, fixed percentage, and a custom curve mode so you can have your fans set exactly where you want them. For example, if you want a quiet system and your system temperature runs within acceptable limits, you can have the Commander PRO turn off all your system fans with a custom fan curve. You can assign this curve to multiple fans with the “Copy to” buttons so if you want all your intake fans to dynamically spin up based on your GPU temperature, you can group this configuration to a thermal sensor and using the drop-down menu to the right, copy this configuration to the appropriate fans. There’s no limit to the customization you can do. It’s your build, cool it how you want to. Extended Connectivity In addition to all the onboard devices you can plug directly into the Commander PRO, there’s also an integrated USB 2.0 HUB so you can plug in other USB devices that would otherwise take up a USB header on your motherboard. This is especially handy if you want to have one of our intelligent power supplies or Hydro Series liquid cooler plugged into a single USB header. Mapping out Your System Once you have all your devices connected and configured, you can create a map of your system by going to the “Configure” tab in CORSAIR LINK. You’ll be able to pick an empty view of your chassis (with a selection of CORSAIR cases available to choose from) or you can upload your own image of your case. You can then drag and drop items from the sidebar to the left to their appropriate position on your case image. You can see I went ahead and put my fans, temperature sensors, and lights all where they should be in my Vengeance C70. The Commander PRO combines powerful fan controls and advanced lighting modes into a single device powered by CORSAIR LINK. The Commander PRO is available now and if you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the CORSAIR Forums.
  4. The Corsair AM4 AMD Retention Bracket kit is now available worldwide for those who have made the move to AMD’s latest platform along with our Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-1.png The Hydro Series coolers listed below are already compatible right out of the box: H60, H110i (H110i GT), and H100i But if you have one of these coolers listed below, you'll need to order the AMD Retention Bracket kit to install your Hydro Series cooler: H50, H55, H75, H80i v2 (H80i GT), H90, H100i v2 (H100i GTX), H105, H110i GTX, H115 Before we get started, let’s look at what comes in the package. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-2.jpg/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-3.jpg/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-4.jpg (1) AM4 bracket for circular pumps (4x) Collard standoffs (4x) Thumbscrews AMD AM4 Mounting Kit installation instructions: (1) Remove the stock AMD mounting clips from the front of your motherboard. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-5.gif (2) Insert the AM4 standoffs into the original AMD back plate, collared side down. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-6.gif (3) Replace the stock Intel bracket on your Hydro Series cooler with the AMD bracket provided in the kit. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-7.gif And from there, proceed with your typical Hydro Series cooler installation (don't forget to plug in your power and USB cables)! /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-8.gif For more information, consult your user's guide or check out our forums!
  5. The new LIGHTING NODE PRO is our latest RGB lighting controller which lets you easily setup and sync advanced lighting across your CORSAIR RGB components. To make installation as simple as possible, we made the LIGHTING NODE PRO as small as possible, allowing you to tuck the controller away nearly anywhere in your chassis. The LIGHTING NODE PRO features a single mini-USB port to communicate with CORSAIR LINK on your PC, two separate channels for RGB LED strips or RGB fan hubs, and a single SATA power plug. The LIGHTING NODE PRO also features onboard memory so that lighting effects can be stored directly on the device and run without CORSAIR LINK (such as while you're in BIOS). Setting up the LIGHTING NODE PRO is quick and easy. Plug the USB cable into an available header on your motherboard and start up CORSAIR LINK on your system. You’ll see a tile for the LIGHTING NODE PRO. Click on the Configure button to get started. LIGHTING NODE PRO features two channels that can be individually controlled, allowing you to have your LED strips on one channel and your RGB fans on the other channel. You can define what device is on each channel with the dropdown menu just to the right of the channel number (you can choose from RGB LED strips, HD RGB fans, or SP RGB fans). Note for Users with SP RGB Fans: The LIGHTING NODE PRO requires a firmware update to enable SP RGB fan compatibility. You can check for a new firmware version by going to Options -> Devices and click "Check for Updates". If there's a firmware update available for the LIGHTING NODE PRO, it will be installed at this time. To add devices to a channel, simply click the ‘+’ button on the channel until you have the desired number of devices on that channel. On the right hand side you’ll notice brightness controls, and at the bottom of the window, you’ll notice the lighting mode configuration panel. The LIGHTING NODE PRO has a total of 6 different lighting modes: Rainbow, Color Shift, Color Pulse, Color Wave, Static, and Temperature. With the different lighting modes available, you can do some pretty cool stuff, such as have the HD RGB fans on your radiator change color depending on the temperature of your processor and the other fans in your system change color depending on the temperature of your drives or graphics card all while your LED strips display a constant rainbow effect. Once you're done tweaking a particular lighting mode, you can copy that mode to other devices connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO by checking the box next to the individual devices you want in the group or by checking the box next to "Devices" to apply the lighting mode to everything connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO. You can also set the lighting mode to be active only for specific performance profiles or for all performance profiles in this window. The LIGHTING NODE PRO and CORSAIR LINK allow you to sync all of your CORSAIR RGB components not just for aesthetics (while that is a pretty big plus), but to also enhance your system with powerful features such as temperature monitoring as well!
  6. Recently released but flying a little under the radar is the new Flash Voyager Vega USB 3.0 drive. While the Flash Voyager GTX sits at the top of our food chain, able to hit read speeds in excess of 400MB/sec, it’s also a physically robust, sizable drive, owing to its powerful internals. If you just need a tiny drive with good performance, though, we can see the Flash Voyager GTX being a little…largish. That’s why we have the Flash Voyager Vega. Physically, it’s basically a USB 3.0 port with a keychain loop. Internally, it supports up to 64GB of flash over USB 3.0, and it’s delightfully tiny. And despite having basically enough space for flash and the port, it can still crank out read speeds in excess of 90MB/sec. Not bad at all. I can tell you how small the Voyager Vega is, but it might be easier just to show you: For starters, its longest dimension is smaller than the smallest dimension of one of our case/radiator fans. It fits on your keychain…and is dwarfed by your keys. It fits neatly into the MacBook Pro it was admittedly styled to work with (although really, silver goes with almost everything.) It’s a perfect match for your aftermarket head unit… …or your car’s built-in USB player. Just don’t lose it with your pocket change, because it’s about as small as that is, too. If you’re thinking you can go for a little storage, check out the Flash Voyager Vega’s product page here.
  7. The recently launched Flash Voyager GTX drive is fast. Really fast. So fast, actually, that it can be used safely as an external, removable gaming drive on storage-deprived systems. To prove it, we shot a very short video demonstrating exactly that.
  8. In a previous blog entry I spoke about the Voyager Air 2 and its hardware features and functionality, but that is really only half of the story. This time I will show off the Voyager Air software and show you just how easy it is to navigate and play your favorite media and files. The screenshots will be taken from my Android phone, but the software is virtually identical on both Android and IOS platforms. Once you turn on your Voyager Air you will want to enable its WIFI and then locate it in your mobile device’s WIFI settings. Once your mobile device is connected to the Voyager Air via WIFI you are ready to open the “Corsair Voyager Air” app on your mobile device and start streaming. The app is free on both the Android and IOS app stores. You can see in the picture below that the device is connected based on the blue illuminated WIFI logo at the bottom of the app. You are also shown a battery logo which displays the current battery life status of your Voyager Air. The interface is clean, familiar and intuitive with no bloat. In the top section you will find folders which will sort your files based on their file types. Below that you have access to a “Folders” file browser which allows you to view all your files and folders at once, along with a “Downloads” folder and “Recent” files folder which will give you easy access to any recently viewed files. The last section of the home screen gives you access to app “Settings,” the ability to monitor the progress of any “Active transfers” to or from the device and a quick link to go back to anything that is currently playing on your device. You will typically find that with “Videos,” “Photos,” and “Documents” you just want a nice alphabetized list of your files, but with music it’s nice to have a few extra sorting features. So with the apps built in media player you can search music by “Artist, Album, Song, Genre or Playlist.” Here is an example of what the hierarchy looks like, as wells as the built in music player. The Voyager Air software is a no nonsense file browser and media player that gives you quick access to your files and allows you to playback or transfer files with ease. In the next installment we will discuss some of the advanced functionality of the Voyager Air and its software.
  9. The past couple of weeks have seen the proliferation of reviews of a couple of new products: specifically the Voyager Air 2 and the Flash Voyager GTX. Maximum PC put together their 2014 Dream Machine, but you’ll have to visit the newsstand to see it. Suffice to say, when they wanted the best power supply, memory, and keyboard the market had to offer, they chose Corsair Dominator Platinum memory (with brand new Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB LED cooling), our flagship AX1500i power supply, and an RGB K95 keyboard. Why no Corsair case? They built their dream machine inside a desk, and we’re not in the furniture business. Yet. The Voyager Air 2 starts our review roundup at MyCE.com, which had this to say: “I have to say that I am impressed by the Corsair Voyager, and it is packed with more features than I can use. Connectivity is another strong point for the Voyager AIR2 and you can add to that the 1TB hard drive that offers all the storage you need when you are on a trip or just camping. The Corsair Voyager AIR2 can be, and is, a very useful tool, not just a smart portable external hard drive." You can read the complete review here. Our old friend Linus over at LinusTechTips also took the Voyager Air 2 for a spin and found a lot to like in our updated software. You can watch his video review .TweakTown was also extremely impressed with the functionality of the Voyager Air 2. Reviewer Tyler Bernath had this to say: “The Corsair Voyager Air 2...is a successful deployment of a second generation mobile storage solution... the internals of this device match what I found in the original Voyager Air, so what we have gained in gen 2 is the smaller footprint and with that a much improved price tag.” You can see the whole review and benchmarks of the internal hard drive here. Finally, Hardware Heaven’s Stuart Davidson spent some time with the Voyager Air 2 and also came back pretty happy with it, giving it their “Recommended” award. Hardware Heaven’s rundown is here. One of our most popular keyboards, the Vengeance K70, spent some time under the magnifying glass over at PC Magazine. The editor had this to say: “...for gamers looking to equip themselves with a competitive gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K70 (Cherry MX Red) is one of the best around.” You can read the full evaluation here. Switching gears, the fine folks at KitGuru test drove our new 512GB Force LX SSD and rewarded it eight out of ten stars, calling it “An excellent, effectively priced Solid State Drive from Corsair.” Their review is here. Finally, we have a very healthy run of reviews for the new Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 drive. This is quite simply the fastest flash drive we make, offering SSD-grade performance in the form factor of a thumb drive. While most press don’t usually review flash drives, we received an unusually high amount of interest in this product and were all too happy to answer the call. Over at Legit Reviews, editor Nathan Kirsch reviewed our 128GB model and had this to say: “The Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive was found to be insanely fast on our Intel Haswell Z97 test platform that was running Windows 8.1. We were able to hit 463MB/s read and 372MB/s write in ATTO and we have to say results confirm that we are getting the Corsair promised “SSD-like” performance numbers out of this thumb drive.” They gave us their Recommended award, and you can read their full evaluation here. Storage Review also reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX, concluding that “The Corsair Flash Voyager held its own against other top-spec flash drives and would be an excellent, lower-cost alternative for professionals and those who want high-speed access on the go to large sets of data.” Their review is here. TweakTown was at least as enthusiastic as Legit Reviews was, awarding us the below 95% score. You can read their full review here. Over in the UK, Tarinder Sandhu at Hexus reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX and reached many of the same conclusions his peers did: “Suitable for folk who need to move large amounts of data from machine to machine, Corsair's Flash Voyager GTX is one of the fastest USB 3.0 sticks around. Particularly adept at sky-high read speeds approaching 400MB/s in a real-world environment, we can recommend it for users where speed really matters.” His full write-up is available here. Finally, PC Perspective reviewed the Flash Voyager GTX and handed it their gold award, with editor Ryan Shrout saying “I come away from the USB 3.0-based Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB flash drive impressed with its performance and form factor. For any user that thinks it would be handy to have an ultra-fast external storage device without the need for a portable 2.5-in SSD cage and cable, this product will fit the bill perfectly.” That review is here.
  10. Ever want an SSD on a stick? The Flash Voyager GTX is going to be available in retail soon, and it really is basically an SSD on a stick. It comes in 128GB and 256GB capacities and features an actual SSD controller instead of a typical USB one. The result? Performance comparable to an entry level SSD plugged into your USB 3.0 port. We ran a fairly exhaustive set of benchmarks to demonstrate just how fast the Flash Voyager GTX is, but before getting to those, it’s important to note that in order to get the best performance you can, you’ll need to have a UASP driver installed. This driver allows SSD protocols to be passed over USB 3.0, and while it’s native in Windows 8 (along with USB 3.0 support in general), Windows 7 users will need a specific driver from their motherboard manufacturer that enables UASP. We’re comparing the two capacities of Flash Voyager GTX against our entry level Force LX SSD and our previous high end USB 3.0 champion, the Flash Voyager GS. The GS is still mighty fast, but the GTX really takes it to a whole new level. Where most USB 3.0 flash drives falter is write speed, but the Flash Voyager GTX has no problems here, outpacing even our 256GB Force LX SSD. It’s not yet available in retail, but is due within the next two weeks. You can sign up here to be notified of its release.
  11. We have a good mix in this week's review roundup. A little something for everyone! Today we feature the Corsair Graphite 230T case, a Hydro Series H75 liquid CPU cooler, an RM1000 power supply and a Voyager Go 64GB flash drive. Hardware Heaven take our 230T case and H75 cooler and find out how these two aggressively priced items perform together. "With the 230T case we have a product which offers a rugged looking design which feels sturdy. We like the use of LED fans in a mid-range chassis and all the basics are covered such as USB 3.0 connectivity and tool free drive installs. We also like the inclusion of rubber mounts for fans, keeping vibrations to a minimum and the support for liquid coolers is a nice bonus." "We had no issue installing our H75 in the 230T and the use of two fans for a push/pull configuration, mixed with the ability to individually tailor the fan profiles means we can set the system up to suit our needs. Overall the installation of the H75 was also easy, again tool free for the most part and build quality was decent." Hardware Heaven awarded both components their Value Award. Anadtech posted a review of our largest PSU from the RM Series: The RM1000. "The RM1000 is highly efficient and remains so even when the ambient temperature increases significantly, which is infrequent even for very advanced designs. It also provides good quality power, with low voltage ripple even under heavy stress." " It's not the cheapest 1000W unit with an 80 Plus Gold certification, but considering the quality and performance of the PSU, the price is justifiable. If you are the kind of user that wants a really powerful PSU tuned for low-noise operation, the RM1000 should find its way into the top few spots of your shortlist." Finally, Kit Guru has a look at the Voyager Go 64GB On-The-Go flash drive. "The Go is well priced for such a large capacity. When we factor in the diminutive dimensions, 64GB is a huge capacity and is likely to be more than enough for the average smartphone. If you are running out of space, then the Voyager Go makes for a great low cost addition to your mobile world." They awarded the Voyager Go with their "Worth Considering" award. If you spot a review of a Corsair product out on the Interwebs that you feel we missed, please don't hesitate to email me at jon.gerow@corsair.com and it could end up in our next review roundup!
  12. Happy Friday! You know you worked hard this week and are ready for some gaming this weekend. How about gaming with a Corsair Raptor M45 mouse? We've got a number of reviews of this mouse if you have any questions about it, but first... let's head over to Hexus.net and see what they think of our Voyager Go 64GB OTG flash drive. Hexus performed a number of benchmarks on the device and concluded that the Voyager Go is "primed for the user who needs to frequently move data between computers and mobile devices, the Corsair Flash Voyager Go is a simple solution to a long-standing problem" and awarded the Go with their Recommended award. And now for those M45 reviews! Overclocking-PC in France reviewed our Raptor M45 mouse and did an overview of our MM200 mouse mat this week. They appreciated the mouse's 5000dpi optical sensor's precision, 1ms response time and considered the construction typical of Corsair's high standards. The mouse pad also got praise by Overclocking-PC for its extremely smooth fabric surface, resulting in quiet and accurate mouse performance. If we cross the English Channel, we can find another Raptor M45 review over at PLA3ER.NET. Editor Aaron Hyde says, "The M45 would be my go to recommendation for anyone considering a mouse at this price point." and "The M45 is as function over form as you’d expect from a mouse". PLAY3R.NET awards the Raptor M45 with both their Performance and Value awards. And now we have a video! . In the video, he cites:Great ergonomics Superior optical sensor (VS laser) with 50DPI setting increments Soft touch and sandpaper grip on the sides Metal Scroll wheel Corsair's greatly improved software and customization Finally, we have a two-for for you! Tom Logan over at Overclock3d not only reviewed the M45, but also the RGB backlit Raptor K40 keyboard this week. Tom shot a video for each of these products, so we strongly encourage that you hop over there and check them out if you're interested in a Corsair Raptor keyboard and mouse. Of the mouse, Tom said: "All in all though its a great looking performing mouse that fits great in your hand and it doesn't cost a fortune we cant think of a reason not to give it our OC3D Gold Award." And of the keyboard: "Its been a pleasure over the last week or so to both game & type on the K40, part of me actually prefers these membrane switches to the normal mechanical reds too. At £55 it's priced quite close to the basic mechanical keyboards, although you do get the benefits of unlimited colour choice and those gaming inspired macros and for these reasons we award it with the OC3D Gamers choice award."
  13. I'm used to having devices with micro SD card slots in them. For long trips, I would often copy movies or music over to the memory card and then insert the SD card into my phone. Yes, most phones have ample memory for enough music and movies for a trip around the world (unless you cram your phone up with apps), but I like to have choices available to me. While I'm in the airport, I might think I'd want to watch Star Trek: Into Darkness, but once I'm actually in the air, I may only be in the mood for Meet the Millers. One minute I might be in the mood for Black Sabbath, and the next minute be in the mood for Adele. Admittedly, more and more people use cloud services for documents, photos, music and movies, but we don't always have access to the cloud... especially on a plane or when you land in a foreign land and haven't had a chance to swap out your phone's SIM card (assuming your phone is even unlocked). It's just nice to be able to stream the data to your phone somehow without having a connection to the Internet. This is where OTG (On-The-Go) devices like the Corsair Voyager Go come into play. But alas, not all devices "plug and play" when you plug something into their micro USB port. We're going to cover that today. If you look in the lower left of the Voyager Go package, there is a QR code. Scanning this code takes you to an OTG compatibility table. You might notice that some popular phones and tablets are not yet on this list. But, like I said, fear not. That's what I'm here for. The devices listed have native OTG support, in that any memory you plug into them automatically "plugs and plays" with no additional software or action from the user. Very much in the same way you get a pop up on your PC when you plug in a thumb drive or SD card. So let's tear into the package.... The nicest thing about the Voyager Go, even the 64GB model shown above, is it is super small. How small? REALLY small. See that little leash on it? USE IT. This thing will fall through a hole in your pocket faster than a India 10 Paise. I'm not saying to tie something to it like how gas stations keep track of bathroom keys, but.... When you plug it into your USB port (which will require trying to plug in one way, then turning around and trying another way, then turning around again and inserting it because that's how plugging in any USB device seems to work), you'll be prompted the same way you are when you plug in any other kind of thumb drive. First thing's first, and this goes for any memory OTG you plan to use on your phone, make sure you're using a FAT32 file system. The Voyager Go is formatted with FAT32 by default, and I know it sounds obvious, but I've seen some instances where someone had a loaded up flash drive, used disk management software to wipe it clean and ended up changing the file system. Just sayin'. Now copy over your files. Make sure your phone actually has an app installed that supports the file format you're planning on copying over to your Voyager Go. For example: Android's built in media player doesn't support AVI files, so you'll want to install a program like MX Player. And it plugs into your phone, like so: But if your phone is a Nexus (except for Nexus 4... sorry) or Motorola, you're not going to see anything pop up on screen. But I'm going to show you how we fix that! If you have a Nexus 5 phone, Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus 10 tablet or a Galaxy Nexus phone you can use one of the following programs. If you have a Motorola Moto G or Moto X, the following applies to you as well, but with some caveats... If you have a Moto G with Android 4.3 or a Moto X with Android 4.2, you can use a Voyager Go without 3rd party software, but you're only going to be able to read from the Voyager Go. Use your file explorer to navigate to "/storage/usbdisk_1.1.1/" and you'll find your media there. Even if you DID have Nexus Media Importer, you still won't be able to write to the Voyager Go unless you root your phone. If your Moto G or Moto X has Android 4.4, you can use one of the following programs to read from and WRITE TO the Voyager Go. Using Nexus Media Importer In the previous Voyager Go blog, Dustin made mention of the "Nexus Media Importer" app. It costs $3.99 on Google Play. Once you install it, it will immediately pop up when you plug in the Voyager Go. It will ask you if you want to use this program by default. Say yes and this is what you will see next: Once here, you have many options. Click on the three dots in the upper right and select "connect". If you select "Importer" and "USB:002:0:Corsair Voyager Go", you are able to import files from the Voyager Go to the phone. If you select "Exporter" and the Voyager Go, you can copy files from the phone to the Voyager Go, but only if you are using a Nexus device (except Nexus 4) or your Motorola Moto is running Android 4.4 (aka "Kit Kat"). If you're using Android 4.3 on a Motorola Moto G or X, you'll be able to make these selections, but will not be able to actually copy files to the Voyager Go. Once you've made the selection of writing to or reading from the Voyager Go, sweep the black menu bar off to the left to expose the folder view (the gray area that's "behind" then menu). In export mode, it will show the phone's file structure on the on top and the Voyager Go on the bottom. In import mode, it will reverse these as shown below: November 30th, 1979 must be somebody's birthday at Corsair. Select the files you want to copy, move, rename, etc. and click the down arrow to the right. This will give you a menu of choices. Notice that one of the choices is "stream" I f I want to listen to music or watch a movie that's stored on my Voyager Go, I don't want to have to copy it on and off the phone. That's a pain and what if I don't have enough room on the phone? Today, I happen to have the 1981 Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy BBC mini-series copied onto my Voyager Go (which I think is WAY better than the 2005 feature film). I simply tap on the H2G2 folder, tap the episode I want to watch, tap the down arrow in the corner, go down to stream, and.... Voila! Show time! Using OTG Disk Explorer The next program I'm going to discuss is the "OTG Disk Explorer". Some things about it are nicer than Nexus Media Importer where other things aren't. So have a read and decide for yourself which one you'd like. That said, I will say that OTG Disk Explorer has a lite version that's free, but it limits itself to 30MB files, which allows you to play most music files, but not movies. The full "Pro" version is only $2.95, so it's not exactly a huge investment. First things first, when you plug in the Voyager Go with OTG Disk Explorer installed on your phone, it only pops up with a permissions window asking if you want to allow OTG Disk Explorer to access your device, but it doesn't actually start the program as well, which is something Nexus Media Importer did. You have to actually tap on the icon for the program and get it running first. A minor inconvenience. Once you're in OTG Disk Explorer, you see whatever folders are on your Voyager Go. Here, you can see my H2G2 folder. Click on that and it will take you into the next folder. Probably the biggest thing that bugs me about OTG Disk Explorer is the font size. My far-sighted mom would love it... but for me it just looks too chunky. At least my fat fingers couldn't possibly tap the wrong file. Once you highlight the file you want, simply select "open" to stream the movie or music, or "download" to copy it onto the phone. If you select "download", you don't get to choose where the file is downloaded to. In fact, the program doesn't even tell you where it's downloading to. But after snooping around, I found the file I selected copied over to the "download" folder in the phone's root directory (makes sense, right). Another drawback with OTG Disk Explorer is that it doesn't allow you to copy to the Voyager Go. But that might not be a big deal for a lot of people as I feel it's more likely you're going to be streaming things from the Voyager Go, and not just copying a bunch of stuff off the phone onto the Voyager Go. If I have a bunch of pictures to move off my phone, I usually wait until I can plug the phone into my laptop and I'll just copy over that way. So if you're like me, you might decide saving the $1 over Nexus Media Importer is worth the trade off. Using Total Commander with USB Stick Plugin For our final demonstration, we're going to use a combination of Total Commander and USB Stick Plugin. This gives you an even lesser expensive option, but do try the free trial first to make sure there are no compatibility issues and that you like the interface. First, install Total Commander. Total Commander is a free file system browser for Android. Next, install USB Stick Plugin. The full version is only 99 cents, but there's a free version as well. This program was specifically written as a plug in for Total Commander. Once this is done, when you fire up Total Commander, you should see "USB-Stick Plugin" towards the bottom of the list. If you click on it now, without plugging in the Voyager Go, you'll just see a place holder text file that says "waiting for USB stick to be attached." But plug in the Voyager Go and you'll get a permissions window. This should only pop up once. Tap on "start Total Commander" and you'll see whatever files and folders you have on your Voyager Go. Once again, I have my H2G2 folder. If I tap on it, I can see all of my episodes of Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. When I click on the episode I want to watch, I am presnted by a menu: "Play" (foreground)" allows me to stream the video, while my other options allow me to copy the file off of the Voyager Go and onto the phone. And, unlike OTG Disk Explorer, Total Commander with the USB Stick Plugin will allow you to write to the Voyager Go as well (if you do not have a Motorola Moto G or X running Android 4.3). It's a bit kludgy, but it does work. Simply browse the phones folder hierarchy for the file you want to copy or move. When you find the file, tap and hold your finger down on the file. A menu with several options will show up. Most of these are fairly self explainatory, like rname, delete, etc. If you want to copy to the Voyager Go, you want to copy to clipboard first. If you want to move a file to the Voyager Go, you want to cut to clipboard first. After you make your selection, browse back to the first screen where "USB-Stick Plugin" is shown. Click on that icon, then tap and hold your finger down on "::VolumeInfo::[FAT32]'Corsair'..." (assuming your Voyager Go's name is still the default "Corsair"). Select "Paste here" and the file will move onto the Voyager Go. At the end of the day, we can see there are many options for phones that do not have native OTG support. Some of the programs operate cleaner than the others while others don't look as slick, but any one of them can help you access your Voyager Go, eliminating memory limitations to your phone or tablet.
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