Mimobot RayD81 2GB Flash Drive Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 9
      • Features
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 5
      • Total Score:
      • 7.33
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Cool designs
    • Good build quality
    • Neat included artwork
  • Cons

    • Slow performance
    • Price premium

Quick Take

The Mimobot USB Flash drive line combines the perfect mixture of art and technology.


When it comes to designer USB flash drives, Mimobot is the place to go, offering every custom design you could think of. They make flash drives with artwork ranging from Star Wars to Halo in a wide range of capacities. In this review we will take a look at the RayD81 2GB flash drive to see how it stacks up in day to day use.

Mimobot RayD81 Specifications:

  • Preloaded digital “Mimory”
  • 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB capacities
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0
  • Mac/PC compatible
  • 2.5″ tall by 1″ wide
  • MSRP: $24.95 (2GB capacity)
  • Available at www.mimoco.com

Build and Design
Compared to standard USB thumb drives, the Mimobot models look like designer action figures with no articulation at the joints. The team at Mimobot have printed the body and head onto the thumbdrive and protective cap, giving you a very unique flash drive to show off to friends or just add a bit of humor into your day.

The RayD81 flash drive is a happy/angry skeleton design in the spirit of the Halloween holiday. The design is colorful and has a slight texture to it from the printing process. The artwork feels durable, resisting scratches from a fingernail. The finish also proved strong enough to survive a battle against the car keys in my pocket.

Build quality feels pretty nice, although the RayD81 has a lot of extra plastic compared to the average 2GB thumbdrive. All that extra plastic might block other ports on some notebooks. The protective cover snaps firmly into place when not in use and is keyed to only pop on in one orientation. The drive also features a flat bottom (with feet!) to stand upright when not inserted into a USB port and stay on display if you so desire.

Included Software
Mimobot includes a wide range of avatars, screen savers, icons, and desktop backgrounds following the same theme as the thumbdrive that you purchase. All of the artwork looks very nice and scales well for most resolutions. My only nitpick is the fact that none of the wallpapers came at a higher resolution than 1680×1050 and were sized for the older screen resolutions, not the newer 16:9 aspect ratio. We have included a few samples below, with screenshots of the icon and avatar selection.

Performance
The Mimobot RayD81 isn’t the fastest thumbdrive on the block, but it does get the job done. In our tests with CrystalDiskMark we measured sequential read speeds measuring 18.5MB/s and write speeds of 11.5MB/s. We have measured higher speeds from more performance oriented flash drives in the past which can fully saturate the USB 2.0 bus. Not only that, but USB 3.0 flash drives are starting to show up in stores. Still, raw speed isn’t the main selling point of these drives. For saving documents, bringing MP3s to work, or backing up files between computers the read and write speeds of the Mimobot RayD81 should be more than adequate.

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test (higher numbers mean better performance):


Mimobot RayD81 USB 2.0 flash drive

Generic 1GB USB 2.0 flash drive

Kingston DataTraveler 112 flash drive

ADATA N004 via USB 3.0

 

Conclusion
Overall the Mimobot RayD81 USB thumbdrive offers a cool mix of art and technology. Unlike standard thumbdrives that might strive for smaller sizes and put very little emphasis design, Minibot’s first priority is design with hardware second. The plethora or designs have something for all ages and the starting prices aren’t too far off from standard thumbdrive prices. If you want a USB flash drive that doesn’t look like anyone else’s — or a good conversation starter — one of the Mimobot models is the perfect choice.

Pros:

  • Cool designs
  • Good build quality
  • Neat included artwork

Cons:

  • Slow performance
  • Price premium


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