tiny and snappy
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.