It's been a long while since we last reviewed a case made by Antec, but now they've launched a new case that caught our attention - the Antec Solo II. The Solo sits in the same Sonata-series of cases as the Sonata III and Sonata Elite we've reviewed before, and the whole range is designed to be as quiet as possible. On top of the silence-aspect, the Sonata cases are also subtly styled, so the Solo II really differs from the gaming cases we've recently reviewed.
- Dual-layer 1.0 mm SECC / polycarbonate top & side panels
- Elegant aesthetics:
- Anodized aluminum front bezel
- Piano black exterior finish
- Stylish matte black interior
- Dual hard drive mounting system :
- 3 x 3.5" / 2.5" using tray mounts with preinstalled silicone grommets OR
- 2 x 3.5" with suspension mount cables
- 2 x external 5.25"
- 1 x internal 2.5" (dedicated)
- Front-accessible flip-down drive cage
- Removable PSU support beam
- Removable, washable front fan filters
- Cooling system:
- 1 rear 120 mm TrueQuiet™ fan with preinstalled silicone grommets and 2-speed switch
- 2 front 120 mm fan mounts (optional)
- Enlarged CPU cutout for easy installation of CPU coolers
- Front Ports:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- Audio In/Out
- 7 expansion slots
- Maximum graphics card size: 15,0" / 381 mm
- Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
- No power supply included
- Unit Dimensions:
- 440 mm (H) x 205 mm (W) x 470 mm (D)
- (17,3" (H) x 8,1" (W) x 18,5" (D))
- Net Weight: 9,1 kg (20,2 lbs)
The case comes carefully packed in a black-and-yellow box very typical to Antec. Looking at the specifications it's a standard sized mid-tower case that handles ATX-motherboards and graphic cards up to 15" in length. For expansion the case offers two 5,25" drive bays, a single dedicated 2,5" bay and three or two 3,5" hard drive bays, depending on whether you want to use the common sledges or suspension mounting. The case is mostly finished in the Sonata-trademark piano black and for a case this size the 9,1 kg weight is pretty respectable.
The bundle is limited to just a short installation guide, two bags of screws and a few of zip-ties. All you need, but absolutely no extras.
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