Most innovation in the area of routers is focused on theoretical wireless speeds. Throughout the years AC1750 has evolved into AC1900, AC2350, AC2600 and these days it's known as AC3200. We've even seen the first AC5300 router during IFA. In practice you won't really notice the increases in speed, since they are aimed at a small target audience. The only exception is tri-band technology, which is already arguably faster for all clients. TP-Link chose not to innovate internally with the Touch P5, but for external innovation, a touchscreen. It goes without saying that we tested this one extensively.
A touchscreen on a router is relatively new, however TP-Link is not the first manufacturer who've used one in their routers. Securifi has been selling their Almond routers, which come with a touch screen, for quite some time now. The same story goes for Amped Wireless. As far as we know though, TP-Link is the first 'mainstream'-manufacturer who took on this concept, even though at first sight the Touch P5 unintentionally heavily reminded us of 2007's DIR-855 from D-Link. However, the OLED screen present on the DIR-855 was controlled by two buttons below it.
With the exception of the touchscreen, which we will come back to on the next pages, we find a standard AC1900 802.11ac-router, which offers speeds up to 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz, and up 1300 Mbps at 5GHz. This is of course the speed on the physical layer of the stack, which you won't fully receive in practice. On the outside we find the standard connectivity ports: 4x lan, 1x wan, 1x USB 2.0 and reset and power buttons. The USB 3.0 port has been placed on a handy place in the front on one of the angles. A physical wps-button is lacking, but for good reason, as you'll find out further in this review.
A mosaic pattern has been chosen for the general design. This is something you either love or hate and something you have to consider if you're going to use the touchscreen a lot. The chance of you putting this router in a spot that is easily accessible is much greater than normal. The device can also be hung on the wall, apart from just being put down.