D-Link really has gotten a feel for it this year. We've seen one new product after the other. Earlier we got the flagship model from their standard line of routers called the DIR-857, and now it's apparently time for the 802.11ac router, the DIR-865L. Also known as the Wireless AC 1750 Dual Band Cloud Router, this can be seen as the second D-Link flagship model of this year. That's judging by its price anyway, you'll have to spend an average of £132 to get this baby.
You do get a lot of router for your money. The design has been changed completely compared to previous routers. D-Link already has the kettle/coffee grinder look with the DIR-645, and the media routers such as the DIR-657 and the DIR-857. A standing model is added to this line-up, and our first impression of the design is that it isn't as refined or stylish as other D-Link products. It's a bit unexpected, since the other two product lines have proven that D-Link does indeed enjoy style.
We sometimes get the impression that some router manufacturers have the tendency to borrow from the competition, when it comes to the looks of their ac routers. For example, Netgear went with a design entirely different than their previous products, and instead resembles an ASUS router. The typical vertical design of Netgear routers hasn't entirely been lost with the ac routers. The D-Link router we are reviewing here might as well have the ASUS logo hiding under a sticker somewhere.