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ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U)
Linksys EA7500
See Top Ranked Wi-Fi Routers

ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) vs Linksys EA7500

Analysis:

The ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) sets the bar for all other Wi-Fi Routers at the $180 price point. The Linksys EA7500, however, is merely passable at that price.

The ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) has impressed reviewers from two sources that are among the most highly trusted on the internet, namely PCmag and CNET. It did great in their objective hands-on roundups - it earned the "Best for Gamers With Limited Budgets" and "Best gaming router" awards from PCmag and CNET, respectively. That's high praise from such reputable sources.

Moving on to the Linksys EA7500: it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like hardwarezone.com.sg, TrustedReviews, PCmag, TechGearLab, and Reviewed, enough for them to include them on those lists.

For a direct ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) vs. the Linksys EA7500 comparison, we first examined sources that tested and scored both. Most of them, including Gadget Review, have found the Linksys EA7500 to be the better product, while PCmag rated both equally.

When we took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most, we discovered that the ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) received its best, 10, score from Techradar, while the Linksys EA7500 got its highest, 8.5, rating from hardwarezone.com.sg.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) earned an average review score of 8.7 out of 10 points and the Linksys EA7500 received an average of 7.5, compared to the 7.4 average of Wi-Fi Routers in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
CNET
PCmag
TechGearLab
Techradar
TechSpot
Android Central
Reviewed
TrustedReviews
hardwarezone.com.sg
Lifewire
Tech. Specs Comparison
ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U)
$189
Linksys EA7500
$179
Mesh Router
No
No
Supported Frequency Ranges
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
Wi-Fi standard
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi 5
Higher than average expert review score
7.4
Overall Avg. for Wi-Fi Routers
8.7
Avg. Review Score
Score
Has average expert review score
7.4
Overall Avg. for Wi-Fi Routers
7.5
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The best gaming routers of 2020” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Gaming Routers for 2020” 
Last updated: 29 Jun 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Asus router 2020: the top Asus routers for any budget” 
Last updated: 5 Aug 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best gaming router
in “The best Wi-Fi routers of 2020” 
Last updated: 6 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best gaming routers 2020” 
Last updated: 18 Aug 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best gaming router
in “The best Wi-Fi routers in 2020” 
Last updated: 13 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Routers for Best Buy Curbside Pickup in 2020” 
Last updated: 25 Mar 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best VPN routers 2020: top routers for Virtual Private Networks” 
Last updated: 12 May 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 5.4 out of 10
in “Best Wireless Router of 2020” 
Last updated: 30 Jul 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 7
in “Best Router in 2020 (September Reviews)” 
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Wi-Fi Routers of 2020” 
Last updated: 19 Mar 2020

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