Today we will take a look at Antec’s newest case in Sonata family. Antec Solo II is an upgraded model of the well known Solo case. It is more than just a facelift of the old model! Antec advertises it to be smaller than normal midi-case, but would have similar features than most high end large computer cases. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Check Antec’s webpages at www.antec.com for information about the company.
Specifications & features:
- 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
- Top vent with fine mesh for optimal PSU air intake
- 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))
- Package Dimensions:
- 503 (H) mm x 275 mm (W) x 550 mm (D)
- (19,8″ (H) x 10,8″ (W) x 21,7″ (D))
- Net Weight: 9,1 kg (20,2 lbs)
- Gross Weight: 10,7 kg (23,6 lbs)
Antec Solo II comes in a typical cardboard box. It has a Solo II picture printed in it along with some major specifications printed in the shorter side of the box. Inside the box you find Antec Solo II between two large pieces of foam in a canvasbag. This is typical setup for most piano black cases as plastic bags would make small scratches on the case.
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Antec has kept the accessories to the bare minimum; bag of screws, manual, and a couple of cable ties are the ones you will get with Antec Solo II. Personally I’d have liked to see extra set of rubber fan holders in the bag. As the feedback from customers was one major source of innovation when designing this case, who knows if Antec decides to put some rubber fan holders in their next enclosure. At least let’s hope so!
The front panel of the case has a conservative look to it. It has an anodised aluminum front bezel with black color in it. 3.5mm sound connectors and front panel USB:s are located in the lower right corner. Above them you can find power and reset buttons. HDD led is located in the middle section of the left side. The case overall is painted with piano black paint.
Solo II is painted all matte black inside. Power supply is located in the upper section of the case and 5.25″ trails can be found in the bottom. You can see a large hole where the motherboard comes. That’s nice if you plan to change your cooler so you don’t have to remove the motherboard in order to do so. Sidepanels of the case are made from 1.0mm SECC with polycarbonate coating. Interiors of the case look well designed and there shouldn’t be any obstacles for optimal airflow.
The front panel of the case has two USB 2.0 slots and two USB 3.0 slots. Both USB2 and USB3 slots require corresponding headers from your motherboard. USB2.0 headers are in almost every motherboard found on market, but USB3.0 headers are found only in the newest models – and not even in every of those.