Apple 802.11ac AirPort Extreme
Nothing among all networking devices screams fashion louder than Apple's new 802.11ac AirPort Extreme. If you're into style or just want to have something pretty to decorate your dorm room, this router's fast Wi-Fi speed and printer/file-sharing functions are at least helpful extras. Alas, it's not cheap, which is exactly why you should put it on that wish list and subtly let your loved ones know.
- Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $184.99
The good: Apple's new compact and beautiful AirPort Extreme Base Station supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, is easy to use, and offers solid performance.
The bad: Other than the new design and 802.11ac, there are no other improvements over the previous generation. The router is inflexible and offers no support for Time Machine backup or media streaming via the USB storage.
The bottom line: Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.
July 22, 2013 12:07 PM PDT
Photo by: Dong Ngo
| Caption by: Justin Yu, Dong Ngo
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