Rock Your PC's World With a 1TB Pioneer SSD for $94

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Pioneer's APS-SL3 1TB SSD is a decent and low-cost way to rejuvenate your old PC or laptop. It's now on sale for just $93.99, which is pretty good considering we've seen it sell for as much as $139.99.

The Pioneer APS-SL3 1TB SSD is housed inside a 2.5-inch case and utilizes a standard SATA III connector, traits that make this drive a great upgrade for old systems that lack an M.2 port. The drive is 7mm thick, so it should fit perfectly into both aging and modern laptops.

Pioneer's SSD employs high-quality 3D NAND TLC (triple-level cell) flash and a Phison S11 controller enabling the drive to deliver sequential write and read speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s, respectively. The APS-SL3's performance is simply better than your conventional hard drive on its best day.

The 1TB drive is the highest performing model of Pioneer's SSD lineup. At 9 cents per gigabyte, it also offers you the best value for your hard-earned cash.

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ProductCapacitySequential ReadSequential WritePrice (at time of writing)Price Per GB
Pioneer APS-SL3 1TB1TB550 MB/s500 MB/s$93.99$0.09
Pioneer APS-SL3 512GB512GB550 MB/s490 MB/s$53.99$0.11
Pioneer APS-SL3 480GB480GB520 MB/s450 MB/s$48.99$0.10
Pioneer APS-SL3 256GB256GB550 MB/s490 MB/s$30.99$0.12
Pioneer APS-SL3 240GB240GB520 MB/s450 MB/s$28.99$0.12

The Pioneer APS-SL3 1TB SSD comes with some expected SSD features, such as garbage collection, S.M.A.R.T self-monitoring and LPDC (low-density parity-check) error correction. The drive is backed by a limited three-year warranty or 360 TBW (terabytes written), whichever comes first.

Should You Buy This SSD?

For help buying an SSD, see our SSD Buying Guide. We've curated a list of our favorite SSDs, based on our own testing, on our Best SSDs page. External storage users can also check out our Best External Hard Drives and SSDs page. 

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.