Mimoco’s Mimobot Master Chief Flash Drive Review

Who says practical can’t be stylish or cute? The need for portable storage grows every day and Mimoco has a fun and often funny solution: USB drives modeled after popular game and entertainment characters like Master Chief, Darth Maul and even Hello Kitty.

The Mimobot designer USB Flash Drives sport various capacity(2-16GB) and designs. Recently, Mimoco forwarded a copy of the HALO licensed Master Chief model for our review.

The Master Chief flash drive we received supported USB 2.0 transfer speed and is Windows Readyboost compatible. A super-deformed version of the Spartan’s power armor covers the hard plastic shell of the unit. The protective USB cap snaps on snugly and securely, taking a little pressure to easily remove.

We received the 2GB version and my Mac and Windows 7 PCs recognized it with no need for software. A small red light rests between Master Chief’s feet showing that the flash drive is getting power and blinks when the drive is in use.

The Mimobot worked well for me and its capsule like design, including the rounded corners, actually felt comfortable in my pocket. One missing feature that bothered me was the lack of a lanyard. Since there is no way to secure or tie the flash drive to a key chain, I worry that the small unit will be easily lost.

A bonus feature of the Master Chief version was the zip file already contained on the drive out of the packaging. When expanded, the file contained a flash front end and a collection of HALO related videos and images. The pictures made me laugh mostly because they included images of the Mimobot in HALO concept art, my favorite being the Mimobot Master Chief posed before an angry Brute.

The media files don’t take up a lot of space but are worth a quick look and chuckle. The included videos concern the launch of HALO 3 so at this point they’re a little outdated.

If you’re looking for a conversation starter the Mimobot Master Chief edition is a good choice.

If you’re a HALO fanatic and need every licensed product it is also nice that at least this product has a practical use as a storage device. The $35 price makes it more expensive than a generic 2GB thumb drive but the attractive case makes up for the extra cost. If the olive drab color of the Master Chief is just not your style the Mimobot also comes in red and blue spartan armor.

You can get more details or order a Mimobot of your own on Mimoco’s website.

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