Just by taking a quick look at the drive, one must realize that this particular series of drives were not designed to be “just drives”. These little pieces are indeed pieces of art and deserve to be treated as such. Each of the drives is enclosed in a silicone sleeve that resembles various animals and shapes that is sure to peak anyone’s curiosity. Our particular drives were as unique as they get. Will the Dinosaur Driver, the Penguin Driver, and the Bone Driver Survive our trials by Art and Performance? Read on and find out how the BONE Collection does.
The actual flash drive in the Dino Driver is enclosed in a white piece of silicone which represents the belly of the dinosaur. The belly the skin, the head, and the arms and legs of the dinosaur wrap around the belly and further cover the interface part of the flash drive.
Similarly to the Dino Driver, the Penguin driver also hides the actual flash drive in the belly. The skin also wraps around the belly and hides the interface part of the drive in the head. Another important thing about both of these pieces is that the first is integrated into the second one in such a way that they both would have to be attached to the keychain, so there is no way for you to lose the skin and end up with just the belly or vice versa.
The bone drive is slightly different from the other two. In a sense that it both looks differently and the construction is also unique. There are still to components in this design, however, there is no double security feature that is present in the previous drives we have looked at. The two pieces of the skin are not interlaced with each other and the hole for the key chain is only attached to the outer skin. This means that only thing that is keeping your data with you is a piece of silicone roughly 1 mm in diameter. Similarly to the other drives, the Bone Driver also wraps around the drive to create a seamless appearance of a bone.
Looks aside the performance of these drives was not as stellar as I was expecting. The drives performed relatively well with data access rates of up to 20 MB/s for the Dinosaur and the Penguin and up to 16 for the Bone, however, these rates leave much to be desired as the newest drives are performing close to 30 MB/s . The performance in the random access rates were also average relative to today’s standards.
Flash memory access times are extremely quick for almost any drive available on the market. The drives did not disappoint in this aspect. The Penguin and the Dinosaur came in at 0.7 ms access tune while the Bone was .1 ms behind at 0.8 ms.