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PC Mag loves the new Airport Base Station

Save has run a review of Apple's new AirPort Extreme Base Station and they're very impressed. In keeping with Apple tradition they found the router featured the company's standard easy installation, complete with wireless setup. The base station is an upgrade from previous models that boasts 802.11ac support and marked excellent performance particularly in the 2.4 GHz band. In addition, the AirPort Extreme's sleek redesign gives it improved wireless speed while staying fashionable.

When stacked against of some of its competition the AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11ac wireless wasn't quite as fast, but it's worth noting that PCMag still got 90 to 102 Mbps out of the base station. The reviewers were annoyed that the router lacked stronger data transfer from a USB-connected hard drive and networked laptops. The lack of a web management interface and granular control over the WiFi network was also a sticking point.

Still the router provides high speeds, a plethora of data sharing options and quick out-of-the-box setup. This isn't a base for industrial power users, but for standard home and office usage the AirPort Extreme Base Station is an attractive, easy-to-set up WiFi option. Head over to PCMag to read their in-depth coverage.

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