Apacer AC531 review: Resisting the elements
Apacer, known for their memory products, has been in the business for two decades now. In that two decades, they have expanded their business to cover flash memory cards, USB flash drives, DRAM, as well as SSDs. Of course, they are also known for their external hard drives. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their offerings in the external hard drive market; specifically, the Apacer AC531 external hard drive.
The Apacer AC531 comes in three flavors: 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. There’s not much out of the box. Only the hard drive and the required USB cable are included. The AC531 is compatible with the USB 3.1 Gen1 interface to deliver maximum performance. It’s advertised that the drive can reach read and write speeds of up to 125MB/s.
What sets the Apacer AC531 the usual external hard drives you find in the market is its resistance to shock and dust. Currently, it’s rated 1M Shockproof and IP5X Dustproof. This helps you ensure that your data is kept in safe hands.
In terms of design, the color scheme that Apacer chose for the AC531 is a bit questionable. Dressed in blue and green, it is an eye catcher for most people, and it does give off a sporty vibe together with its focus on resisting the elements. For us, however, we would have liked to have seen the drive decorated in a more muted color such as white or black to give a more professional feel. But since color is purely a subjective matter, we’ll leave the decision up to you.
To see how the drive performs, we plugged it to a USB 3.1 Gen1 compatible motherboard and run CrystalDiskMark. As you can see, Sequential Reads reached 111.6MB/s while Sequential Writes reached 110.8MB/s, figures that are pretty close to the advertised speed of 125MB/s for both reads and writes. In terms of 4K random reads, the AC531 was able to reach 0.588MB/s, while it was able to reach 4K random writes of 0.922MB/s.
Despite its slightly questionable color scheme, the Apacer AC531 performed as much as we expected. It’s just as fast as most external hard drives with USB 3.1 Gen1 support nowadays; however, it does up the ante by being 1M Shockproof and IP5X Dustproof. If you’re paranoid of losing your data to the elements (as long as you don’t mind the color), you can definitely rely on the Apacer AC531.