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Packing on the ASUS RT-AC59U V2 is similar to the V1 with the main difference is the reader’s choice badge repositioned from the top of the AC1500 name to the lower right side of the box. The back of the packaging is almost entirely different from the V1 with the most noticeable change being the AI-mesh feature explainer on the lower left quadrant.

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The packaging contains the AC59U V2 router, a 12v power adapter with three interchangeable prongs, a 1-meter ethernet cable, a warranty card, and a product manual.

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One thing I dislike about ASUS routers, in general, is the included power adapters regardless if its an ASUS, TUF, or ROG router. The concept of having three prongs that represent different regions is nice but getting a replacement prong is almost impossible thanks to the proprietary attachment mechanism. At best you’ll be spending for a universal adapter of your desired prong breaks.

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The RT-AC59U V2 has four pre-installed antennas, an impressive configuration for an entry-level router. Aside from the AImesh feature support, the ASUS RT-AC59U V2 also comes with a better processor with double the flash memory compared to the V1. It uses the Qualcomm QCN5502 WiSoC CPU.

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Ports remain unchanged on the AC59U V2. It still has five-gigabit ethernet ports, a WPS button, a USB 2.0 port a power port, and switch.

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Whether you're looking for a stock router replacement or an AIMesh upgrade, the ASUS RT-AC59U V2 won't disappoint thanks to its specs, feature set, coverage, and competitive pricing. The ASUS RT-AC59U V2's AImesh and CPU upgrade over its predecessor makes it essentially our go-to router recommendation. It's easily one of the best-value routers in the market, both as a standalone router and a mesh router.
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Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.