Apacer's AS710 SSD Has SATA And USB 3.0 Inputs

Most forms of storage follow a fairly standard build recipe, but once in a while it happens that a manufacturer deviates from the norm to include additional functionality or looks. To that end, today Apacer has revealed an SSD with two inputs.

The AS710 TurboIII Dual-Interface SSD comes in a capacity of 128 GB, and it can be used as both an external device as well an internal SSD. It comes with a standard SATA3 (6 Gb/s) port as well as a USB 3.0 interface. The SSD will manage read speeds of up to 550 MB/s with write speeds of up to 530 MB/s over the SATA3 connection, while over USB 3.0 it will manage to read at up to 420 MB/s and write at up to 380 MB/s.

In most cases, a second connectivity interface isn't needed, although since the device is also bootable over a USB connection thanks to the Windows2Go certification, it can be useful for testing and on-the-go purposes in businesses. For example, it can carry your installation of an Enterprise edition of Windows which you can run on any machine that can boot off of a USB device.

Apacer did not reveal info on pricing or availability.

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  • rishiswaz
    I am pretty sure that would add unneeded latency to the drive having to check if the SATA or USB is connected, and anyways USB 3. MOST USB 3 devices pull out 5Gb/s tops and usually with operating system overhead are at around 4.5 (there are some high performance drives that do max out USB 3 bandwidth), SSDs are really pushing the limits of SATA III and the move to SATA express is coming soon because of this. I don't see the market for this being that big. I am pretty sure that Windows installed onto a USB dive wouldn't play too nice turning into an internal drive. I am no expert on that though