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Antec New Cases - Sonata and Lanboy - Conclusion

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!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 13, 2003 4:00 am

Conclusion

 

Antec have done an excellent job on these two cases which are both aimed at two different markets. The Sonata is aimed at people who are interested in having the quietest system possible, with rubber used throughout the case instead of metal screws; vibration is absorbed and can help stop any noise throughout the case. On the other end of the scale if noise doesn't bother you and your more interested in having a nice light weight case that includes a window the Lanboy is perfect for you.

 

 

If you are in either of the categories and in the market for a new case it is defiantly worth taking note of these two cases. Priced very competitively these will be perfect for a lot of people, the Sonata with its killer paint job and silent features and the Lanboy with its light weight and pre-modded window is defiantly an excellent case for people who don't want to spend a fortune or the time to conduct their own mods.

 

It would be easy to compare the cases against some others manufactures like Lian Li, but it wouldn't be fare. Overall Antec have been able to produce a case that may not be as solid as Lian Li but is priced a lot more competitively. You also need to factor in that the Antec comes with a power supply unlike some of the other manufactures like Lian Li and ThermalTake who have chosen not to install one. At the end of the day you can tell the difference when it comes to Antecs cases priced at $90 US (roughly $180 AU) and Lian Lis priced at $140 US (roughly $280 AU)

 

Both the Antec Sonata and Lanboy have our seal of approval, here are our final impressions.

 

Antec Sonata Rating: 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

Pros

 

- Beautiful paint job

 

- Excellent "quiet" features

 

- Excellent price

 

Cons

 

- Steel making it fairly heavy

 

Antec Lanboy Rating: 8 out of 10

 

Pros

 

- Excellent price

 

- Lightweight

 

- Pre Modded Window

 

- Good features for LAN gamer

 

Cons

 

- Lacks a lot of features compared to Sonata

 

- No included fans

 

- Not as durable as competitors

 

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