So how does the product look and feel like? Well, VR-Zone had a chance to play around with the Linksys E4200 router during the event: here are some pictures of the product in all its glory, along with our thoughts about it.


A Closer Look: brief hands-on

Those who thought that they would be getting a router crafted entirely out of metal are probably going to be a little disappointed to learn that the decorative band with the Cisco logo on it is the only part of the device which is actually made out of the aforementioned material.  

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The unit's bottom is also crafted completely out of plastic, as shown below. Notice that the heat vents run along the router's sides.

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Located at the rear are the usual array of ports a user would expect to find on any typical router: there are four Ethernet-out ports, a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button (in blue), a USB port for connecting various USB pheripherals such as printers, USB thumbdrives or even NAS boxes, a reset button, the power jack and more interestingly, a hardware on/off switch.

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For those of you who are wondering about the device's dimensions, the official figures describe the E4200 as measuring in at 225(L) x 25(H) x 160mm(W). To make it easier to visualize its size, we have included a couple of images in which a typical smartphone was placed next to the router for comparison:

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Lastly, we should point out that Cicso logo conveniently positioned at the bottom of the metal band adorning the router's surface is not for show; rather, it actually serves as a status indicator light that changes its colour to provide visual feedback on the E4200's various operational states.

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Full hardware specifications for the Linksys E4200 router will be uploaded after the break.