The AX89X has been my home router for the last month, and it's not too surprising that it performed flawlessly in this time. Build quality is fantastic, top to bottom, including plastic, which does feel a better finish than normal. Aesthetically, the futuristic design of the 89X takes some time to grow on you, but does prove to be a functional part of the router separating the wired ports on the PCB.
The performance was average for the 89X in 2.4GHz testing and on par with other AX6000 class solutions we have tested in recent months. The performance came in just under 240 Mbps for the 2.4GHz band. 5GHz saw a significant boost in performance with the 89X reaching 839 Mbps using 80MHz and even further to 1400 Mbps once we connected with 160MHz. Keep in mind here; these are real-world numbers, connections rates are much higher upwards of 2400 Mbps in this case. That said, the ASUS RT-AX89X is the quickest router we have tested by a large margin.
Mobile testing offers a peek into the range a router can provide for our devices that are almost always scattered across our homes. 2.4GHz showed solid performance out to 20ft with a small drop off after to 106 Mbps. The 5GHz band on this 89X is genuinely fantastic, pushing out range with ease without sacrificing performance, starting at 869 Mbps and ending at 836 Mbps. This is all rounded up with the best storage performance we have seen from a router, easily able to handle the daily needs over USB 3.0 at 296 MB/s read and 169 MB/s write.
The software platform hasn't changed too much. Ai Mesh has been developed to be such a universal build ASUS has easily adapted it from its entry-level routers to high-end solutions like this 89X. This gives their entire lineup uniformity offering a level of comfort to consumers that may have started with a low-end router and graduated to a higher tier.
Closing this out, ASUS has priced this solution quite competitively, offering eight gigabit ports, two 10Gbe ports, and eight stream wireless for under $500.
The Bottom Line
Anyone in the market for Wi-Fi 6 needs to look at the ASUS RT-AX89X. It's easily one of the most feature-packed future proof solutions ever!
ASUS RT-AX89X AX6000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router
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