Netgear Orbi 970 review: a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi 7 mesh system for larger homes and offices

Netgear Orbi 970: One-minute reviewNetgear was quick off the mark with its RS700S, one of the first routers we’ve seen supporting the new Wi-Fi 7 standard. The Orbi 970 mesh system was announced around the same time and promised to be one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market, but faced some delays and has only just become available in the US and UK.However, the Orbi 970 goes even further and faster than the standalone RS700, offering

Within 30ft, three partition walls: 150MbpsUnsurprisingly, the Orbi just shrugged its shoulders as it effortlessly cruised along at the maximum 150Mbps provided by our office broadband connection (note that our benchmarks below don’t actually demonstrate the true potential of the Orbi 970, as we were constrained in our testing by that 150Mbps limit).It may be wildly expensive, but this is one of the best routers out there. If you’re looking for state-of-the-art performance for a larger home or office – and you don’t need too much in the way of parental controls – then the Orbi 970 really is state-of-the-art.Performance: 5 / 5 Should you buy the Netgear Orbi 970?Swipe to scroll horizontallyValueThe cost of the Orbi 970 is beyond the reach of most mere mortals – which makes the hard-sell on additional subscription hard to justify.3 / 5DesignIt’s bigger and heavier than previous models, but the Orbi’s heavyweight design houses some seriously heavyweight hardware.4 / 5PerformanceA top speed of 27Gbps makes the Orbi the fastest mesh system we’ve ever seen – to the point of overkill for most people.5 / 5Final ScoreVery much aimed at well-heeled early adopters, the Orbi 970 is still an impressive example of the power of the new Wi-Fi 7 standard.4 / 5Buy it if…You’re An Early

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