Actiontec and TRENDnet's new 500 Mbps Powerline AV adapters make a key spec tradeoff to achieve their tiny size and price.
ZyXEL's NWA3560-N is pricey as a standalone AP. But could be a bargain if you're looking to dip your toe into managed AP waters.
D-Link's DIR-505 is more fully-featured than other mobile/travel routers. But also much more expensive.
Apple's former iTunes audio station has been reborn as a full-fledged simultaneous dual-band router and a not bad one, too.
The forces driving 802.11ac aren't really what you think they are.
Updated - 802.11ac is all about faster wireless. But it will eat up most of the 5 GHz band to do it.