When it comes to choosing a microphone for recording or broadcasting, there is a literal sea of options to swim through, and a great many considerations to be made. Sound quality is obviously of utmost importance, but so is budget, which can have a cascading impact on quality, interface, and nearly every other aspect of the device you choose. Options range across the spectrum of quality to ease of use, and ultimately you may find yourself in a position where you purchase something that’s “good enough” but leaves you compromising on features or needing to spend more money on additional software or equipment to make up for shortcomings. Things get more complicated when you want to broadcast yourself on the internet instead of just recording yourself or doing video conferencing.
While I’m just coming off having used the RT-AX82U for several weeks, I’ve now been introduced to its big brother, the ASUS RT-AX86U. It’s a router that boasts faster speeds and wider coverage, which we’ll put to the test. The router’s biggest feature is being able to serve an aggregated 2Gbps of internet bandwidth, which makes it rest comfortably between being a professional-grade and a personal-grade monster. This dual-band router surpasses the RT-AX82U, ever so slightly but in important ways. The ASUS RT-AX86U is a whole home internet device that looks to the future, while providing you a secure method of traversing the internet right now.
OWC, or Other World Computing has been in the hardware business for a while, often focusing on Macs for storage. In recent years they’ve found success in providing hardware for more, such as Do-It-Yourself Kits for upgrading drives on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as SSDs for PCs. With the Aura P12, it is a non-volitile memory express M.2 drive, an SSD that has better speed and durability over SATA, and it shows its worth. The OWC Aura P12 M.2 NVMe 2TB SSD beats every other drive in my system, hands-down.