Editor’s note: IGN is ramping tech and hardware reviews back up, one product category at a time. We’re kicking off with deep dives into some of the best-of-the best headsets, routers, GPUs, Mice, Monitors, and keyboards from the last few years.
Even though Asus is primarily known for its motherboards and graphics cards, the company is also kind of a big deal in the networking world too. Its routers have long been preferred by PC gamers in the know because they’re fast and offer a ton of features, and it looks to continue this trend with its high-end ($250+) RT-ACC88U gaming router (See it on Amazon). Not only does it look like a “gaming” device with its clichéd red/black color scheme, but it has a handful of gaming-specific features that help it stand out in a crowded field of look alike routers. It’s expensive, especially since it’s a dual-band router and not tri-band, so let’s put it through its paces to see if it’s worth it.