I (Benjamin) arrived home to find that I had recently received a package from Mimoco! In it I find 2 stickers :-D, a $10 emusic offer card, and a limited edition Riddler MIMOBOT® character-based designer USB flash drive. (It’s hand written on the top of the box, 127/2000…so close to the top 6%, so close.) So let’s get this custom flash drive out of the box and see what awesomeness is in store for us today.
First, lets talk about the look of the flash drive. It’s a fun caricature Riddler, complete with giant head and grey bowler hat! The color of the hat fits the design well, but in my research of the Riddler his hat is predominately green; otherwise, there is no mistaking this little flash drive as one of Batman’s iconic foes. The big smile and bright colors would make a perfect companion to Jim Carrey in Batman Forever, if he had need for a flash drive in the movie…(you can see the hair on the flash drive, and while it’s not the red hair Mr. Carrey rocked, it matches the overall design quite well.)
The Riddler MIMOBOT® USB flash drive
Initially my biggest concern was how round is the flash drive? All the pictures I’ve seen online show the drive from the front and back, and never at an angle and I couldn’t tell how rotund the flash drive was going to be. I didn’t want it to be so large it wouldn’t fit into the narrow space allowed by my PlayStation 3, so I was excited to put the smaller and slimmer than anticipated Riddler right in, without issue.
The Riddler USB drive faces downward when inserted horizontally.
Well…when inserted horizontally, the Riddler is facing downward. I checked on my computer to confirm that it wasn’t just my PS3 port being upside down. This little detail ruined some of the appeal of getting a custom drive. How am I supposed to show it off when all you see is his backside when he’s in use? The light is also back there, so maybe it was intentional? I don’t know for sure, but I know that it looks a bit weird hanging out of my PS3, but the performance isn’t changed by appearance so it’s not exactly a deal breaker, just a negative.
The arms on the side also don’t cause any concern as it fit when I plugged it in next to other cords on my computer. They didn’t touch and it didn’t cause any awkward bending or reason to shuffle anything around, so the unique shape keeps it looking fresh without causing any major headaches.
When I plug the USB drive into my computer, I’m shown the drive is named RIDDLER and has 7.28 out of 7.3GB free, I wonder what types of goodies come on the drive. A quick looks shows me a readme.txt file and a Riddler_mimory.zip file. Reading the txt file tells me that the zipped up folder contains a collection of wallpapers, some avatars, replacement icons, and instructions for both windows and mac. While unzipping the file, I am initially disappointed at the wall paper sizes, it seems like they have taken great pride in adding multiple sizes for phones, a square file for tablets, and some generic sizes for wall papers, but all the sizes listed are smaller than my monitor. Finally at long last, I see the resolution I really wanted, 1920×1080, and all is well with the world, I can now use one of these images without the need to stretch and distort the file to get it to fit properly. Hurray!
Overall, the wallpapers are a bit underwhelming. While looking at Mimoco’s blog page announcing the Riddler MIMOBOT® USB flash drive, I saw the wallpapers in the last screen shot. All of the wallpapers have the flash drive in the picture but when I look at the backgrounds of those pictures, those are the wallpapers I really want. A couple Gotham shots and two wallpapers filled with varying question marks would be something I would have loved to use on my computer.
The 5 avatars are fun, but not necessarily my style: 3 of them are pictures of the flash drive, 1 is the iconic question mark, and the last is a drawing of the Riddler holding a cane. Coming in 2 sizes 60×60 and 80×80, it shows that Mimoco took the time to make sure that you could just use their avatars without needing to do any additional editing of your own. Like with the wall paper sizes, there are enough of them to cover most of common sizes.
Last but not least, the icons. Holy cow. 4 custom folder icons, 4 drive icons, a picture of the Riddler, the cane, the hat, the mask, the question mark, and then pictures of the flash drive itself, this collection is awesome. I don’t normally use custom icons, but I’m seriously getting the urge to try these out. The idea of using the self referential flash drive icon, which would make the Riddler pop up when I insert the Riddler flash drive is awesome, and makes me wish I had pictures of all of my flash drives, because then inserting them would become far more rewarding than the generic icons I get now.
The icons are far and away my favorite goodie that came with the flash drive.
Now on to testing the performance of the flash drive. It’s exactly what you’d expect from an 8GB flash drive. I used HD Speed to test the read/write speeds on the drive, and they are pretty much the same as my other flash drives. So nothing stands out performance-wise, it’s just like your boring, plain looking flash drive. I achieved an average speed of 33.0 MBps when it was reading information off the flash drive, which was on par with other USB flash drives I had lying around. The write speed was noticeably slower, but that is to be expected with flash based memory, only achieving an average of 2.9MBps. Again this fell in line with the other flash drives I tested.
The Riddler USB drive read and write speeds. 33MBps read/2.9MBps write.
Like all flash drives, it works well enough to move your documents, music, or even some videos while being more convenient than using a portable hard drive. I didn’t notice any speed differences when loading the drive full of music to copy to my laptop, but I did notice how much cooler it looked when I was carrying it around my office.
So while all flash drives are pretty much the same when being used, none look this good while in the process.