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Apacer Z280 240GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2018 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Apacer

Final Thoughts

 

Apacer isn't a well-known brand in the SSD world, but they are making a big push to become so. If the Z280 is any indication of what they plan on bringing to the table, then we think they will be quite successful at expanding their customer base. The Z280 is one of the most affordable NVMe SSDs on the market and it is in our opinion one of the best.

 

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Low cost and top-flight performance is always a winning combination. It's more than just the performance that the Z280 has to offer, it also offers class-leading endurance and the goodness of MLC flash which is becoming a rarity these days.

 

 

In terms of pricing, we feel the 240GB Z280 is a huge value at $123.00 especially in the midst of a NAND flash shortage. We often see lesser SSDs going for a lot more money. In terms of performance, the Z280's MLC flash array is a cut above TLC flash of any flavor which is why it performs better than the 250GB 960 EVO when running common consumer workloads.

 

We can really only find two faults with the Z280. We feel that any SSD with a MLC flash array and TBW as high as the Z280 should be backed by a 5-year warranty. But this is a minor gripe because most users will upgrade within 3 years. The other gripe is no SSD toolbox, which is very useful for novice and experienced SSD users alike.

 

Because TweakTown tests SSDs with the drive running as our system (OS) disk we are in a relatively unique position to comment on what matters most - user experience. In terms of user experience, the Z280 gives us exactly what are looking for. System responsiveness that is up there with the most highly regarded SSDs on the market and boot times that are as good as they get. Overall a Tier-1 user experience for a value price. Apacer's Z280 240GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Moderate Workload Performance
  • Premium Components
  • Low Cost

 

Cons:

 

  • No SSD Management Tool Box
  • 3-Year Warranty

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality95%
Features90%
Value95%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: The Apacer Z280 is one of the best performers on the market and it's cheap to own.

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