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Antec Solo Review

Features, HardwareJoel Szerlip
Antec Solo Review

Introduction

As fast as the way we use our PC has changed over the last few decades so too has the way our PC’s look. Let’s face it, the further we get into this digital age, the more we care just as much about style as performance. Over the past few years we have seen an increasingly emphasis placed on the look of the case of the PC and its features. Today we are looking at a case that goes for a simplistic elegance and hopes the tech users out there find a liking to it to. So how does Antec do with its latest Solo Case? Read our full review to find out!

Features

  • Piano black finish
  • Dual hard drive mounting system – two ways to mount your hard drives for best possible quiet operation.
    • Tray Mount – Four HDD trays with extra soft silicone grommets to reduce hard drive noise
    • Suspension Mount - HDD suspension system for up to three hard drives to maximize noise reduction
  • Power supply flexibility. Accommodates any ATX12V or ATX12V v2.0 form factor power supply. For truly silent computing, the choice of power supply is crucial. Antec recommends choosing from our NeoHE, Phantom, or TruePower 2.0 power supplies.
  • 8 Drive Bays (or 7 drive bays with Suspension Mount of the HDD)
    • External: 4 x 5.25” (one with 5.25” to 3.5” adapter)
    • Internal: 4x 3.5” (Tray Mount) or 3 x 3.5” (Suspension Mount) for HDD
  • Dual-layer steel & plastic sound-deadening panels
  • Front-mounted ports provide convenient connections
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®)
    • Audio in/out
  • Cable Organizer behind drive bay minimizes cable clutter
  • Built-in washable air filter
  • Enhanced Cooling System
    • 1 rear 120 mm TriCool™ fan with 3-speed switch control
    • 2 front fan mounts for optional 92 mm fans to cool the HDD
  • Motherboard: Fits micro and Standard ATX

Design

As I said previously, this case is what I would consider a simplistic yet elegant case. It has this beautiful Piano Black paint job that quite honesty is breathtaking. When I took the Solo out of the case I was just amazed with how great it looks. The Antec Solo is a good sized case and with the size comes some pretty nifty design features. First off the front of the case includes two USB ports, one firewire, and an audio in/out port which makes for easy front access. The design itself is as good as they come, mainly because you can see Antec showing that they are getting even better with age. The only real design issue I had with the Antec Solo is the fact that the case is finger print happy. I say this because anytime you touch the beautiful piano black finish it instantly become covered in finger prints something that does end up making the Antec Solo requiring cleaning to keep its great look.

Testing

You would think that installing a system into a case would just be redundant after a while and that every case would be able to just easily install and move on from there. However some cases in the past have proven not to be so easy. Luckily for us the Antec Solo is a great case to work with for building a PC. First off the case gives plenty of room to work with and has a lot of nice features to keep things nice and easy during install. One feature I loved while installing on the Antec Solo was the dual hard drive installations mechanics which was an interesting feature. Although I ended up going with the traditional tray mount which was easy to install, the suspended mount for the hard drive worked extremely well.

Another great feature is the noise reduction which is becoming more and more popular as of late. At first glance you might not notice but inside the case there is a material right on top that is there to help keep the noise of the PC to a minimum. You can really see a noticeable drop in noise coming from the computer. Surprisingly the case runs on one 120mm although the ability to put in two 92 mm fans in the front is there. To me the only problem I had with the Antec Solo is moving the case around. First off the case itself is extremely heavy and second off you end up leaving a mess on the cases black finish when you’re done.

Overall

Besides the fact that you will have to clean every once in a while, this case is truly one of a kind. It has so many small little features that will just manage to put a smile on your face while you are installing your computer. The case runs cool, quiet, and best of all looks great while doing it. If you don’t mind dishing out a bit of cash for a great looking and performing case then look no further then the Antec Solo.

Originally Posted on Kunzo.com

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