I was growing tired of having a separate router and modem (that didn't seem to like to work together very much) and had been waiting to get an all-in-one modem/router for a while.
The design is sleek and minimal, and for once doesn't seem to suffer from any stability problems from cords (being an all-in-one probably helps this). The footprint isn't cumbersome, around 8(H) x 8(W) x 3(D) and the black color matches my computer case so it blends well. The LEDs are on the front and clear to see (with a great explanation of each in the manual).
Installation is a breeze, again the all-in-one solved the half dozen or so issues I always had between my previous router (Netgear N300) and modem (Netgear CM500). This was no fault of either unit, but Comcast itself has known issues when you don't use the stuff they try to sell you and set everything up yourself. After screwing in the coax and plugging the device in, I was up and running in under two minutes once I activated the AC1600 with my Comcast account . I signed into my account and done... almost, Comcast strikes again, with a known DNS issue (overrides to the initial setup screen every time you open the browser). The wifi works flawlessly, just frustrating Chrome doesn't open to my start page... apparently you have to call Comcast to fix, and I haven't bothered yet.
While the price tag looks a bit high, I think it's worth the value as not only clears up a lot of the cord and device clutter around my desk, but works seamlessly together, plus I'd rather pay of this than give Comcast anything more than I already do.
Fast, really fast as well as a much stronger signal throughout my house (one-story, 2500 sqft.) and well into my backyard, where no router has gone before (without an extender).
My overall thought is that this is a great improvement over some of the previous Netgear hardware I've bought both on functionality and design. If you are looking for a quick, easy solution... this is it.
I am fortunate enough to receive Netgear hardware for free as a reviewer, however I can assure you this is an honest and accurate review. Netgear sends us these units to test, and wants real feedback to make them better and has addressed poor reviews I have left on other units quickly (e.g. an early version of the AC1750 router that was practically DOA).