Hardware review: Apacer Z280 M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD

When Apacer entered the SSD market, it was obvious that they’d have a strong showing due to their longstanding relationship with consumers of memory products. They have a knack for producing SSDs that not only outperform most of their competitors, but beat them to the price punch too.

Technical specifications

Type: SSD Storage

Form factor: M.2 2280

Capacity: 240GB

Memory components: MLC

Controller: Phison

Price and supplier information
Supplier: Apacer
Website: www.apacer.com
RRP: R1,999

The Apacer Z280 M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 is a high-performance SSD that’s compatible with mini PCs and notebooks. We received the 240GB version for review, but they also have a480GB offering that sells for around R1,000 more than its smaller 240GB sibling. With both offering similar performance, the 480GB is much better value for money when breaking it down to cost per GB, so if your budget allows, go for the 480GB option.

Sequential read speeds of approximately 2,500MB/s and write speeds of around 850MB/s is on par with most NVMe offerings, give or take about 100mb/s, so it’s likely going to come down to personal choice and, of course, the big “B” (budget).

Installing Apacer’s Z280 in your gaming laptop or small form factor rig will for sure make it feel like your system has been kicked into overdrive, particularly if your rig’s storage has previously been powered purely by an HDD. Do keep in mind though that the Phison controller on the Z280 consumes more power than I’d like when it’s idling, so it’s not great news for notebooks running on battery power – although this could possibly be fixed in upcoming firmware updates.

8I really love this product. It offers incredible performance for its price and beats having to purchase a new motherboard or notebook to benefit from the boost it provides.

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