I have also used a Billion 7800N here for a few days. This actually synced at a faster speed than the Netgear but it is a big clunky ugly looking beast and does not fit in here so it was sent back.
Many think like you, that is why Apple is so profitable. Style will never win over substance on my watch.
Wrong, I do not choose on appearance but on performance and need. I did not need the slight extra performance the 7800 offered over my Netgear so it was rejected both for this and its size and appearance even though it could probably be the best router around.
I gave in last year and bought an iPod. What an overpriced but well designed external hard disk that is.
I need the smallest wireless N router available for a very tiny secondary location so bought the 7700. I just could not believe the large difference in performance of the different Broadcom chips. Pity there is no way of finding this out in advance ?