tiny and snappy

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Apacer ASMini by John Law

Over the last cou­ple of years, por­ta­ble stor­age drives have some­what un­der­gone an­other form of evo­lu­tion. On that note, man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Apacer are fi­nally turn­ing its su­per-fast solid-state stor­age so­lu­tions from be­com­ing a per­ma­nent fix­ture within PC chas­sis, and trans­form­ing them into ul­tra-light and ul­tra-por­ta­ble so­lu­tions, such as the ASMini that we have in this re­view.

Due to the non-volatile na­ture of solid-state drives and their chips, SSDs have al­ways been sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than tra­di­tional hard drives. In the case of the ASMini, the por­ta­ble SSD is no big­ger than your av­er­age busi­ness card. On top of that, the de­vice is so light­weight, you can eas­ily fit it into your shirt pocket, and com­pletely for­get about it un­til the next time you need it.

Even the thick­ness of it is some­thing of an en­gi­neer­ing marvel. In com­par­i­son, the ASMini is ac­tu­ally smaller in size than an older 2.5-inch SSD. Also, the ASMini is avail­able ex­clu­sively in one stor­age ca­pac­ity, and that’s 240GB.

But its diminu­tive size isn’t even the main high­light. As a por­ta­ble SSD, the ASMini come with just one USB 3.1 Type-C port at the top of the de­vice, and noth­ing else. Un­like the typ­i­cal SATA SSD, Apacer, like so many other por­ta­ble SSD man­u­fac­tur­ers, have en­sured that the ASMini stays as por­ta­ble and as un­com­pli­cated as it pos­si­bly can.

That brings us to the trans­fer speeds of the ASMini. Again, this isn’t your av­er­age runof-the-mill USB drive: it is a fullfledged SSD, and that means you’re get­ting se­quen­tial read and write speeds within the 500MB/s range (the in­dus­try stan­dard for the most ba­sic of SSDs).

Those speeds were con­firmed when we ran Crys­talDiskMark. On a bench­mark of five and nine cy­cles, the ASMini’s trans­fer speeds were con­sis­tent at an av­er­age of 400MB/s across the 500MB/s, 1GB/s, 4GB/s, and even the more ar­du­ous 32GB/s stress tests.

Trans­fer­ring files in a re­al­world test dis­played the same con­sis­tency in speeds. While per­form­ing our stan­dard 4GB file trans­fer test, the ASMini’s speed av­er­aged be­tween 267MB/s and 297MB/s. That be­ing said, it’s im­por­tant to note that trans­fer­ring files from the SSD to a notebook PC via a USB 3.0 port that doesn’t sup­port USB 3.1 Gen 1 trans­fer rates does re­duce the trans­fer speeds sig­nif­i­cantly.

Com­pared to a stan­dard por­ta­ble hard drive, how­ever, load­ing up me­dia con­tent from the ASMini was snappy, and saw none of the usual spin-up time that is preva­lent with tra­di­tional hard drives.

cON­clu­SION The ASMini is, as the say­ing goes, a good thing that comes in a very small pack­age.

Even on the 32GB/s stress test, the ASMini still main­tained its speeds.

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