The Nighthawk Pro Gaming X700 joins Netgear’s Nighthawk family of routers designed specifically with gamers needs in mind.
While most people just want lots of bandwidth, gamers require high-quality bandwidth with minimal latency especially for online gaming where any lag or drops in connection puts you at a distinct advantage.
I can’t overstate how many times I’ve been kicked out of Destiny at the most inopportune times due to a drop in my WiFi. The Nighthawk is designed for scenarios like that and so much more.
Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 – Dominate your game
The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 has a host of whizzbang features to give you that total edge. Beware, lots of acronyms to follow.
When it comes to speed, the XR700 brings the A-game with a 60Ghz 801.11ad WiFi and 10 Gigabit LAN speeds allowing gamers to stream 4K video to Twitch and YouTube.
Additionally, the XR700 has seven 1Gigabit Ethernet ports for that LAN parties of your dreams. An additional 15 DFS Channels in 5GHz frequency ensure an interference-free experience for everyone else using wireless.
Anti-buffer bloat (ABB) creates an express lane for all your gaming traffic which means the kids watching Frozen in 4K on Netflix won’t be prioritised over you and kicking you out of Destiny Forge just as you are about to kill the final boss.
Powering the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 is Netgear’s proprietary DumaOS. This gives you total control over your network with a fully customizable and user-friendly dashboard.
A 1.7Ghz Quad Core processor ensures Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) meaning the XR700 will always prioritise even the most congested home network traffic. No being kicked out of games due to a dropped connection.
Two USB 3.0 Ports and ReadyCLOUD USB Access will give you faster streaming and backup to stored media, and secure cloud access to USB storage.
On top of that, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 has a built-in Plex Media server. This means you can access your media on any device connected to the router.
All this is housed in a fairly non-threatening chassis with four antennae that promise a wide signal coverage. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 has wall mounts for easy installation and a stealth mode to turn off all its many distracting LED’s.
Pricing and Availability
The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 WiFi Router is available through all major retailers, for a hefty $849.00 AUD.
Given the extreme nature of what it can do, I’d say it’s worth it if you are a streamer or pro gamer.