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Silence is the name of the game for today's case review and Antec's refresh of the original SOLO, appropriately named SOLO II. In the past, I've had the chance to check out a couple of "silent" cases, one of which impressed while the other fell short of expectations. So, I'm going into this review hoping for the best but fearing the worst. That's probably not how the folks at Antec want to see this review start out. Antec is no stranger to the world of quiet computing as it has built an entire product line around different variations of the SOLO and Sonata cases over the years. Each has aimed to keep system noise to a minimum and trap it within the case itself. It's not a new idea, but the approach with the SOLO II is certainly different than most, as you'll soon see. The original SOLO had some really fun features, many of which return for round two, so even though our previous testing of cases in this market segment has been a mixed bag, it's hard not to at least hope for a winner. Let's get started. The front of the SOLO II takes its styling cues from the original, but with a few updates.
Today we have the opportunity to check out Antec’s latest case. An upgrade from the popular Antec Solo, the Solo II offers some of the benefits many enjoyed from the original and upgraded them to today’s standards. An external piano black finish as well as an internal black finish gives the case a sleek design. Supporting USB 3.0, multiple HDD installation methods, and a quiet design, will the Antec Solo II live up to its predecessor? Read on further to find out. Special thanks to Antec for providing us with the Solo II Mid Tower Case to review. Dual-layer design: 1.0 mm SECC / polycarbonate top & side panels deaden noise Dual-mounting HDD system: eliminate noise using tray mounts with silicone grommets or suspension mount cables Elegant appearance: anodized aluminum front bezel and piano black exterior for sleek aesthetics High-end I/O: Two front panel USB 3.0 ports with an internal motherboard connector for unparalleled data transmission Removable, washable front fan filters Front-accessible flip-down drive cage Enlarged CPU cutout for easy installation of CPU coolers Rear 120 mm TrueQuiet fan with preinstalled silicone grommets and 2-speed switch The Antec Solo II comes packaged in an elegant box, like all Antec cases do.
Antec has a strong pedigree in low to mid-range, no-nonsense cases, and the Solo II we have got our mitts on here shows Antec can also throw their hat in the higher end case market as well.However, as price tags increase in the case market, competition gets fierce. CoolerMaster, Corsair, Lian Li et al offer all kinds of fanciful cases brimming with extras and lurid gaming trim to the enthusiast with a hundred quid or more in their eager hand. That's not to say cases like Antec's LAN Boy Air don't cut it with other high-end cases, it's just that traditionally its speciality lies with quiet home PC, workstation or entry level gaming cases. The Solo II jumps through all these hoops: it is indeed quiet, visually sombre enough to stick in an office and capacious enough to fit a meaty gaming graphics card. But hold on… £95? It looks like a £50 case, to be brutally honest. The front panel is a little wobbly, the PSU mounting's at the top of the case, and there's just one 120mm rear case fan. You know – like in 2005. Those wouldn't be major criticisms if the price wasn't as high as it is, but at the £100 mark, it's miles behind others such as Corsair's 600T and CoolerMaster's HAF X.
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