Blank DVDs and CDs are going the way of the dinosaurs in favor of the infinitely reusable and non-OS specific (usually) flash drive. These little devices allow sharing of data with the click of a USB port, and they’re much greener than one time use only discs if you’re into that sort of thing. For the longest time these little devices had all the style of a giant suppository, but that’s just not the case any longer.
Mimobot is a company that’s creating USB flash drives and card readers that allow their owners to show off their geek love while still having a flash drive at the ready. The company had and still has the Star Wars license so last year there were R2D2, Yoda, and C3PO flash drives along with many other classic characters. This year they upped the ante with a Millennium Falcon card reader, as well as new flash drives from DC Comics and Transformers.
The Millennium Falcon card reader is for the mini form factor flash cards such as what you’d use in your cell phone. The USB connector is cleverly hidden inside the belly of our favorite piece of space junk and can easily be flipped out when data needs to be moved. The shape of the ship and design are a little low on detail but considering just how small the device is the craftsman at Mimobot did a great job. This thing is tiny!
We received an Optimus Prime Transformer flash drive for review from Mimobot and as far as the data management goes it works great. The style appears to be more reminiscent of the animated series than the film but that’s basically due to the bright colors. The design also plays with the sort of bobble head design of statues that is so popular currently. The bulk of the drive is actually Optimus’s head with the rest of the truck being squashed flat. It’s a neat modern design. Girl’s would probably call it cute.
On the drive there are tons of screensavers, avatars, wallpapers, and other images you can use to customize your PC or cellphone. For the right fan some of this might be cool, but if you aren’t interested this stuff is easy enough to delete. The only downside to the drive is that the head has to be removed to access the USB plug, so the “cap,” for lack of a better word, is easy to loosen. Having the plug pop out the bottom would have been cooler. Overall though, these Mimobot designs are a lot of fun and much preferable to the utilitarian design that’s most commonly on store shelves. Generally Mimobot jump drives are 4 and sometimes 8 GB sizes so they aren’t meant to move giant files but for common use these sizes are just fine.