The battle of the $399 router is quite interesting. This price point gives consumers the option of broad range mesh platforms from Linksys, ASUS, Ubiquiti, and others, or extreme performance single node solutions like a Nighthawk X8, Archer 5400v2, and now the ASUS ROG Rapture.
The Rapture fits right in at this price point as one of the most feature rich platforms I have tested. Build quality fits the ROG brand well with solid materials all the way down to the antennas.
The performance of this router put it close to the quickest I have tested on several occasions. In our sessions test, it was second only to the RT-1900p from earlier this year, and LAN throughput put it at 946.3 Mbps, 1.1Mbps behind the DIR-878 from D-Link.
5GHz throughput at 877 Mbps had it just 40 Mbps behind the Synology RT2600ac for the top spot in desktop testing while mobile throughput needed just 20 Mbps more and it would have taken top honors there as well. Also, the range of the 5GHz band was top notch and took the top spot in our charts.
The interface or WebGUI of the Rapture isn't going to be for everyone. For me, it's easy enough to navigate because I have setup so many routers at this point I can do it blind folded. Even so, the Rapture is flooded with options that for the home user can get a bit confusing. For those wanting a clean UI that's simple to navigate, the Rapture is not for you. For the average gamer, most of these options will come quite easy to understand, and the level of customization will suit their needs even more. Further, Game Center allows you to monitor ping and bandwidth among others in real-time while optimized gaming ports take things to a new level.
Overall, the ROG Rapture is at the top of the stack when it comes to AC5300 class Wi-Fi solutions. This device is perfect for consumers that want the utmost control over their network including optimizations for gaming.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: For consumers that want performance, quality, full control, and gaming customizations, the ASUS ROG Rapture gaming router is likely the best router your money can buy.
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