Apacer A7 Turbo (A7202) 64GB solid-state drive
A good value SSD with fast read speeds
- 128MB cache, fast read speeds, frugal power consumption, inexpensive
- Write and simultaneous speeds are poor compared to other solid-state drives
Apacer's affordable 64GB solid-state drive isn't the fastest on the market, but it can match the big boys when it comes to reading data. Frugal power consumption and good read speeds mean this SSD is better suited for overnight backups or as a secondary drive than for tasks involving disk-intensive operations or lots of simultaneous reading and writing of data.
Price$ 309.00 (AUD)
Apacer's A7 Turbo is a reasonably priced 64GB solid-state drive. It has a Serial ATA II interface and a 2.5in form factor, so it's a good value option for a notebook. It can also be used in a desktop PC if you have an appropriate mounting kit.
With a retail price of $309 and a formatted capacity of 59.5GB, the A7 Turbo has a cost per formatted gigabyte of $5.19. That's over $2 cheaper per GB than Kingston's 64GB SSDNow V+, and $1.49 less than Solidata's 32GB K6-32 SSD ($6.68). This makes the A7 Turbo one of the cheapest solid-state drives that we have reviewed to date.
The A7 Turbo uses multi-level cell (MLC) technology instead of single-level cell (SLC) technology, so it isn’t built for constant input/output operations. You won't want to use it in a server environment, but it can be used in laptops and desktop PCs for less intensive tasks. It has 128MB of drive cache; this provides a significant performance advantage when working with large files compared to the 32MB or 64MB of cache in traditional (spinning) hard drives.
Our favourite part of the drive's design is the aluminium backing, which should provide some protection from minor knocks and bumps should you choose to use the drive externally.
In our tests, the A7 Turbo recorded an average access time of around 0.2 milliseconds, which allows for snappy file browsing and quick load times. We tested the drive's performance by transferring files between it and a 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor 3.5in hard drive. We conducted a large file transfer test using 20GB worth of 3-4GB files, as well as a small file transfer test using 3GB worth of 1MB files.
|Large File (20GB) Transfer Test Results|
|Apacer A7 Turbo SSD||$309||64GB||MLC||77.9||64.7||68.3|
|Kingston SSDNow V+ SSD||$445||64GB||MLC||76.6||77.29||75.2|
|Intel X25-M SSD||N/A||80GB||MLC||76.1||74||87.8|
|Kingston SSDNow M Series||$855||80GB||MLC||73.09||71.04||52.49|
|Solidata K6-32 SSD||$199||32GB||MLC||35.9||71.1||24.8|
|Solidata K5-32 SSD||$359||32GB||SLC||76.9||42.4||37.1|
|Seagate Momentus 7200.4 HDD||$217||500GB||Hard drive||85.99||77.2||25.63|
|Small File (3GB) Transfer Test Results|
|Apacer A7 Turbo SSD||$309||64GB||MLC||50||36.1||37.5|
|Kingston SSDNow V+ SSD||$445||64GB||MLC||49.2||50||56.6|
|Intel X25-M SSD||N/A||80GB||MLC||49.2||49.2||66.7|
|Solidata K6-32 SSD||$199||32GB||MLC||46.9||38.9||25.4|
|Solidata K5-32 SSD||$359||32GB||SLC||50.6||34.1||26.8|
As can be seen from the test results, the A7 Turbo SSD is certainly able to read data quickly, producing speeds comparable to much more expensive solid-state drives like the Kingston SSDNow V+ and Intel X-25M. However, in both the 20GB and 3GB file transfer tests, the A7 Turbo performed write and simultaneous read/write tasks much slower than these drives. While this SSD is a capable performer, there are much better (albeit more expensive) alternatives if you need to perform write and simultaneous read/write tasks with large files. This will certainly be noticeable in a system drive or if it's being used as a shared network drive.
The Apacer A7 Turbo 64GB solid-state drive is quite power-efficient. During file transfer testing, the drive consumed as little as 0.24 Watts when idle (Kingston's SSDNow V+ 64GB SSD consumed 0.22W), and a maximum of 1.46W when performing a simultaneous read/write test. Power consumption averaged 0.92W when writing data and 0.54W during read tasks. Overall power consumption is slightly less than the MLC-based Kingston drive, and significantly less than both the K5 and K6 from Solidata.
Since most users are likely to read data from a drive more frequently than writing or performing multiple tasks, the A7 Turbo's slightly slower performance in these areas shouldn’t necessarily dissuade you from purchasing it. This drive is a viable option for overnight backups or for basic data storage, though it won’t fare as well in a 2.5in NAS device.
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 3 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 4 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Intel's Core i9 and X299 enable crazy RAID configurations for a price
- HPE is bringing Optane storage to Unix servers
- These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane
- Prices of SSDs and DRAM will crash in 2019, Gartner predicts
- Pure adds more NVMe with an eye to the next storage speed bump
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Ring Video Doorbell review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSupport AnalystOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!!!SA
- FTBusiness Analyst with BPM (Business Process Modelling)Other
- FTProgram ManagerSA
- FTSenior Development Expert – Adelaide Delivery CentreSA
- FTApplication Solution ArchitectOther
- FTProject OfficerOther
- FTMicrosoft Azure Cloud EngineerOther
- FTSolution Architect - DatacentreVIC
- FTEmail Marketing Specialist/ Campaign SpecialistOther
- FTAccounts and Office AdministratorNSW
- FTOracle Identity Management Solution ArchitectOther
- FTICT Security Senior ManagerACT
- FTUX/CX LeadOther
- CCProgram CoordinatorNSW
- FTNetwork Engineer - IP routing & switchingOther
- FTPHP DeveloperWA
- FTSenior Business Analyst, BankingOther
- TPICT Customer Support Officer - ArmidaleNSW
- CCTechnical Product OwnerQLD
- FTMobile App DeveloperOther
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- FTPL/ SQL developerOther
- FTCommunications & Change AnalystOther
- TPBI DeveloperNSW