Looks like the PC 690 must still be the best router for the money....
Yes great buy on the PCI bought a 690LR (new) earlier this year, or sometime last year. It was on sale, $99.00. I never owned one, and it was a great price.
I didn't realize it was a single speed router. I bought a variable speed controller. I will probably use it when I build my horizontal slot mortiser. It will primarily be dedicated for that unit, as I have multiple routers: sizes, and brands.
All of the routers perform well, no real dislikes with any of them. It would be hard for me to choose, "an all around favorite". I try to be neutral and not sold on a specific brand. I like options!
It is unfortunate when you hear stories of customers needing replacement parts only to find that the unit is obsolete. weather it is a router, sander, planer, etc. I have been in that situation, as well as others.