Features / Quality (30%)
The Netgear Centria user interface seems smooth and easy to use. The two USB 3.0 ports are a great feature to the all-in-one wireless router. We feel that the locking mechanism for the hard drive isn't that well designed and could be improved in the future products. However, the sheet metal springs did hold down the hard drive in place preventing unnecessary shaking or vibrations. Nonetheless, the router's build quality is still top notch using quality parts.
Quality Score 9/10
The router archived 700+ Mbps for its wired throughput and a total of 45500 maximum simultaneous sessions. The results is far reasonable for users who are intending for its media server functions. The USB 3.0 ports are also a plus to the Centria as data throughput was quite close to the data throughput of the internal drive. Its 450 Mbps dual-band WiFi also allows users to split their HD streaming devices on the 5 GHz band and normal data communications on the 2.4 GHz band for a better digital home experience. The router did take quite a while to boot about 1.40 minutes as compared to other wireless routers.
Performance Score 8/10
Price / Package (15%)
With the suggested retail price of S$299, is definitely a reasonable price for an all-in-one wireless router.
As mentioned in the Netgear R6300 review, the Centria's desk calendar design seems to be not a great way of utilizing space. Users will have to sacrifice some horizontal space on their tabletop especially with accompanying devices such as modem and external drives. The lack of led for wired connections could affect troubleshooting efforts.
Aesthetics Score 7/10