A lot of people in my daily environment are not able to abstract the function from the layout. It starts with a newsletter for our customers (layout and text), goes over marketing material (item and color) and ends somewhere nearby strategy questions about the business application (database and front end).
If I’d be asked ‘what design is better?’, than I think the person is trying to design a portable case, that big enough for much power and small enough to fit.
I don’t think 'this person is responsible for my 5 GHz WIFI drop, when I stand 5 m away at 270° from the front of the router … Maybe this particular issue, and other routing related questions, will be asked later. I hope by the responsible person.
As far as I know, in the manufacturing process it won’t be a impact to print something easy on the surface. Design pattern or company name. So I believe it is just ‘what is nicer to see’.
Maybe someone can imagine a dildo-shape would be better, because the cigar box design is too clumpy in the luggage?
Maybe a standing tube design can get 4 antenna for better MIMO behavior (if this will be supported by the WLAN card).
If the question about the ‘grooves’ doesn’t groove, why can we discuss about other form factor, but instead demand zero bugs?
Please, GL.iNet folks, don’t take my comment too serious. I don’t know how I should explain a dildo shaped electronic device with antennas to the TSA.