Top critical review
Pays your money, takes your choice
on 27 December 2014
I have given this [A6200 802.11ac dual band] 1 star for primarily build quality and design. It over hangs laptop ports and renders them unusable. It doesn't sit flush either and sometimes causes the connection to 'break' and the signal drops. Yes, you have an extended port but when you are travelling about, it means you have to take that as well. Not well thought out. The Case is 'flimsy' in that I mean, after a while, the internal spring starts to pop open the casing, this is the second one that this has done this to me and even tried to superglue it in place... that didn't work
Considering I paid £52 for this bit of kit, I am very disappointed. When it works, it delivers 866.5 via USB 2.0 [see image] and although they have brought out an improved version [Netgear A6210 AC1200 High Gain Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter] this has been reduced from dual band and it doesn't appear to be any thinner although the image clearly shows the new one has a flush fit.
At the end of the day you get what you pay for and they have reduced the new model to £29.99 at current (27.12.14) and it looks like the case has screws keeping it together, so some slight improvements. It depends if you need the speed, if not then Netgear A6100 Wi-Fi USB Mini Adapter reportedly delivers 3 times faster than onboard wi-fi (laptop) but again, a little disappointed that Netgear hasn't utilised USB 3.0 making it 10 times faster than USB 2.0 which if they developed could prove to be a formidable bit of kit as it's compact and it needs to consider that laptops and notebooks now utilise USB 3.0 and many are now fitting inbuilt AC pcb boards, so it needs to up the anti to compete.. People like small and powerful.
I have had my A6200 12 months and despite the case failures and bad design, it still works but it needs a lot of improvement in my humble opinion.