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One of my freelance typing clients is a Star Wars nut and for the past ten months this Darth Maul (I assume) memory stick has been passed between us as a back-up for the hard copy documents I print out for him.
Ridiculous design aside, it's a good stick - mine is 8gb but it's also available in 2gb and 4gb. According to the grail that is Wiki, 8gb holds 10,000+ 2-page text documents - I haven't filled it despite Sean being my most regular customer. Transferring files in both directions is a smooth and simple process, transfer rate is noticeably quicker than certain other memory sticks. It has never lost or corrupted a file and keeps things in good order however many files you play with. I've transferred photographs and spreadsheets to it which save as efficiently as text documents and import well for editing.
There are minor irritations with this stick; when I've imported files onto the laptop the icons always look slightly warped (probably just a setting that needs tweaking), also the fact that the arms of the figure stick out slightly too much preventing me from using the adjacent USB port. The colouring has also started fading on parts of the casing, mainly on the face of the character which makes it look shabby. When it was new it arrived with various dull Star Wars 'stuff' loaded onto it, Sean put all that on his computer and thankfully wiped it before giving it to me.
~~~ DATA STORAGE ~~~
These days data storage has become an essential part of so many people's daily life. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that USB devices have become the simple but effective way of storing sizeable amounts of data and taking them with you wherever you go. They are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand yet they can hold an entire music collection and your most treasured photos and there's still room for the odd CV, spreadsheet and report ...
When data storage devices first hit the market they were of course very utilitarian in appearance but it wasn't long before they started to evolve. These days, of course, they are sold in a variety of different colours, shapes and sizes ... and many are based on popular themes. As a Star Wars fan I was delighted when I realised that Mimobot had released a range of Star Wars USB Flash Drives and I went straight online and bought myself a C-3PO one. However, I also received the Darth Maul USB Flash Drive as a gift and despite being fond of my original purchase I have to admit that it's the Darth Maul one that goes everywhere with me these days !
~~~ THE DARK SIDE OF DATA STORAGE ~~~
What Mimobot have got so "right" is to combine something very useful with something very cool ... and it's this perfect mix of both substance and style that makes the Darth Maul USB Flash Drive such a wonderful gadget. The Flash Drive itself is a wonderfully designed (and chunky) charicature of Darth Maul. The USB connection is (of course) hidden and can be accessed by pulling apart the head and body of the character. It's also important to point out that this is a very well made USB Flash Drive and feels sturdy. Infact Mimobot are so confident with their product that they include a two year warranty in the box and will replace the USB Flash Drive free of charge should it either become damaged or stop working. I'm sure that you will agree that it's that kind of guarantee that adds a little more confidence when making any purchase.
~~~ ADDED EXTRAS ~~~
In addition to this product being both eye-catching and extremely useful Star Wars fans will also be delighted to know that each Mimobot also comes pre-loaded with a range of exclusive (and official) Star Wars content. The Darth Maul USB Flash Drive contains several wallpapers, icons, avatars, videos and soundbites that can be transferred onto your own PC, laptop or mobile phone ... it's geek heaven !!!
~~~ WHAT'S IN THE BOX ? ~~~
Mimobot's unique packaging is almost as well thought out as the design for the product it contains. Inside the packaging the USB Flash Drive is presented in the two seperate halves and there is also an additional treat of a Mimobot protective "carry case" ! Not only does this provide protection for your Mimobot and enable you to attach the Flash Drive to a key ring but it has also been cleverly designed to look like Darth Maul's Sith Robes ... once gain demonstrating that Mimobot have combined substance with style !
~~~ PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ~~~
* The Mimobot USB Flash Drive comes in three sizes (2.0GB & 4.0GB & 8.0GB).
* The dimensions of the Flash Drive are as follows ... 60 x 27 x 13mm.
* It can stores data, pictures, videos and music.
* The device is classed as a Hi-Speed 2.0 USB.
* It is both MAC and WINDOWS compatible.
~~~ THE MIMOBOT STAR WARS RANGE ~~~
In addition to Darth Maul, Mimobot have released a range of Star Wars themed Flash Drives and what they do well is to relaese these as "limited editions" so that they do not swamp the market or end up in the bargain bins ! Fan favourites such as Luke Skywalker, Yoda, R2-D2 and Boba Fett have all had the Mimobot make-over and in terms of both functionality and style they have all proved to be best-sellers. If you are tempted by the Dark Side of Data Storage yourself or know a Star Wars fan who would love one of these as a gift then the 2GB Mimobots retails for around £25. They certainly are not the cheapest USB Flash Drive on the market but in terms of the unique design, the "free" carry case that's included and the bonus Star Wars content on the actual Flash Drive then they are (in my opinion) an original gadget that's worth splashing out on !!!
~~~ BREAKING NEWS ... GET YOUR VERY OWN "FREE" STAR WARS MIMOBOT ~~~
I popped into GAME briefly on the way home from work today and saw that the eagerly anticipated sequel, The Force Unleashed 2, has been released as both a "standard" and as a "collectors" edition. The good news for Star Wars fans is that for just an extra tenner the collectors edition comes with a whole host of goodies ... one of which is a Limited Edition STARKILLER MIMOBOT !!! To say that Mimobots usually sell for around the £25 mark it almost makes sense to spend an extra tenner because in addition to the Mimobot the collectors edition also comes with a variety of other "freebies" ...
~~~ FINAL THOUGHTS ~~~
It's fun but it's functional. It's well made too and it works like a dream. The added extras are a nice touch too as is the two year warranty that gives a little extra reassurance. As a stocking filler for a Star Wars fan it's something that they would treasure ... it's also something that they would find very useful and would be sure to use on a regular basis.
If saving your files onto an ordinary, run of the mill everyday USB flash drive is just too dull for you and you wish to express your geekiness and originality, as well as your love of one of the coolest Sith lords in the galaxy, then the Mimobot Darth Maul USB Flash Drive is for you.
It comes in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB sizes, which, admittedly isn't a great deal of space especially when you compare it to some of the other much more advanced and larger USB flash drives (or even external hard drives) you can get for the same price or just a little bit more.
However, the main purpose of the Darth Maul USB isn't for massive file storage - it's the gimmick which, I have to admit, is actually pretty cool. I used it to transfer files around from my computer to the university computers, which is the place I usually display my geekiness. I don't transfer many huge files anyway so this fits the bill.
It features the terrifying Darth Maul, glaring at you as you rip the top half of his head off to stick him in the computer. It's pretty funky and has a nice Lego-ish look about it. His head has been stretched to fit the USB which doesn't look all that bad, but adds to the nice cartoonish look. He has a tiny little body painted, again to look quite like a Lego character.
It comes in a little hood-pouch to protect it, and actually fits the Darth Maul look of the thing, giving him those cool sith robes he wears.
All in all, it's a pretty cool USB, if a bit small considering the price. But it is really the novelty you pay for, and for that it's really good.