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Antec New Cases - Sonata and Lanboy - Antec Lanboy Features - Internal

Antec are a company who have been turning many heads over the past couple years with the selection of affordable and quality computer cases and power supply products. We've got two of Antec's latest ATX mini tower cases in the labs, the ultra-stylish Sonata and light-weight Lanboy ideal for those who frequent LAN parties. Follow Shawn "Toxic" Baker has he gives his impressios on both of Antec's newest cases!

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Like the Sonata case you are greeted by a pile of cables, PSU, power and USB which gives the case a nice array of color. One of the more eye catching components in the system is the florescent green fan holder toward the bottom front. Unfortunately no included fan can be seen throughout the case, with the exclusion of the power supply ones of course.



Antec have chosen to install a power supply from their Performance line. The included power supply is a 350 watt Smart Blue unit, which consists of two fans to help keep it cool. One underneath which is 92mm and the other an 80mm to help keep the air out of the power supply and the case. The power supply will be perfect for lanners and being one of the "SmartBlue" units it also emits a stylish glow.



The 3.25" drive holder has the ability to be removed; unfortunately it doesn't follow the same screw free ability that the Sonata has to offer. The reasons Antec would have chosen to cut down on some of the other features is so they can offer a case that is of aluminum and a lot more affordable to most people. Including drive rails for everything and fans would have bumped the price up to those similar of a Lian Li.



Once opening the case it is quite obvious that the Lanboy is missing a lot of the bells and whistles that the Sonata has on offer. Like the Sonata, it also is deprived of a motherboard tray but it has become something which is expected in the cheaper cases on the market. One cool feature of the product is the inclusion of the harness so you can easily carry your case around without any troubles. Being aimed at the lanning community, its little features like this that make the case perfect for a lot of people.



The inclusion of a window is defiantly very cool and is something that we are seeing on more and more stock cases these days. Some drive rails would defiantly have been nice to make installation that much easier. Hopefully Antec will look into building a slightly more expensive model with the inclusion of some of the features that were left out of the Lanboy, even if they decided to do a model without a power supply, this would help drop the price significantly ad help in offering a more complete product. Overall it is defiantly a nice case aimed at a market that is defiantly out there and growing. It won't be long before you see more and more of these little beauties pop up at your local lanning venue.


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