Lets split the conclusion into two parts:
Stock Router Replacement
Even with the almost negligible speed test difference in the dead spot area, the ASUS RT-AC59U is still a very compelling replacement for your ISP-issued default router as it still showed improvement throughout our whole benchmark run. We were lucky enough to receive one of the latest dual-band routers from PLDT as we just got our 100mbps fiber connection this 2020. The ASUS RT-AC59U V2 would show more performance improvement if you have old non-dual band routers from your ISP. Moreover, while we focused on mainly the RT-AC59U’s signal strength, it has some ASUS’ exclusive features and a mobile app for convenience that the stock modem routers don’t offer. Let alone the fact that most stock modem-routers, regardless of ISP, fail at bandwidth management when there’s a certain number of devices connected.
Being the cheapest router in ASUS’ AIMesh lineup does have its perks. The ASUS RT-AC59U V2 is the perfect choice to eliminate small dead spots within your household with only one-third to one-fifth the cost of your ROG or TUF gaming router. Value-wise, spending another Php 12,500 to get a second GT-AC2900 or selling my ROG GT-AC2900 to get a more powerful router just to solve my bedroom dead spot is both impractical and hassle on some level. Before the AC59U V2, the cheapest AIMesh router in ASUS’ lineup is the RT-AC68U at Php 6,670 – almost double the RT-AC59U V2’s SRP at Php 3,600.
Should you buy it?
Whether you’re looking for a stock router replacement or an AIMesh upgrade, the ASUS RT-AC59U V2 won’t disappoint thanks to its specs, feature set, coverage, and competitive pricing. The ASUS RT-AC59U V2’s AImesh and CPU upgrade over its predecessor makes it essentially our go-to router recommendation. It’s easily one of the best-value routers in the market, both as a standalone router and a mesh router.