Conclusion: Sorry to be over the top, but I have to say ... I just love this chassis. Some of you may not like the look of it, and some of you may say it looks like a mechanical Lego set. I guess it's a matter of taste, but the truth is ... I just love it. The open-frame construction of the Antec LanBoy Air is really strong and solid, while the mesh panels throughout chassis allows for excellent air-flow in and out of the chassis.
Antec LanBoy Air Fully-Modular Computer Chassis Review
1 May 2011
Summary: Based on our testing, we can safely say that the Antec LanBoy Air is well ventilated and offers the best system cooling possible. It's a lot like an open air test platform except you can actually carry it around without things fallout off or out of it. The lack of panels also means that your loud components will be heard as you demand more of the system.
Pros: Unique and innovative design, Excellent cooling performance, Handles well suited for transporting, Lightweight yet sturdy, Modular construction, Good cable management
Cons: SSD mounting location is not optimal, Cooling, No ANTEC CP Series PSU Support
Summary: The Antec LanBoy Air Case has excellent thermal performance and is very flexible in terms of organizing components in various combinations.
The Antec LanBoy Air delivers on what it promises, and that is flexible customizability. When was the last time a case allowed you to mount optical drives facing the side panel? The addition of the removable motherboard tray is also noteworthy. Most case manufacturers have stopped including this useful little feature.
Pros: Front panel USB 3.0 Support, Five 120mm fans bundled with speed control, Up to 15 fans can be installed, Fully modular design for flexible installation, 2 x 2.5" drive support, Removable components, Mostly tool-free installation, Support for graphics cards up to 16 inches/405mm long, Support for CPU Coolers up to 160mm tall (150mm if there is a sidefan installed), Plenty of Cable management options, Large CPU cut-out, Removable side panel doors, Sturdy fold-out top ha...
Cons: Installation isn't completely tool-free, Price, Plenty of tiny screws to keep track of
Summary: As with most radical case designs, the LanBoy Air is not for everyone. Personally I have come to appreciate its aesthetics, reminding me of when I used to attend LAN parties in the Quake World days. However I've since become accustomed to the subtle elegance of other cases and I believe I'm not alone there. For instance, I can already hear the Performance One crowd jumping up and down about how ugly the LanBoy Air is.
Conclusion: We wanted to love the LanBoy Air, and in some ways we still do. The eye-catching design is brilliant, the semi-modular approach is unique, and there's ample room to house plenty of high-end kit. But given the £150 asking price, it's hard to ignore that this once-intriguing concept has evolved into a retail product riddled with flaws. The modular approach allows for certain hardware components to be moved and rotated, but there's little real-world need to do so.
Excerpt: Despite its fairly standard mid-tower dimensions—8.7 inches wide, 20.4 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep—the LanBoy Air is like no other case on the market. It’s more like a cross between an Ikea end table and a Lego set, if a Lego set needed a screwdriver. Its motherboard tray is not only removable and separate from the back panel, but it can switch places with the PSU bracket, if you decide you want your PSU at the top of the case instead of the bottom.
Pros: Great modular design; "positive air pressure" works.
Cons: Not all fan mounts useful; bit cramped at top; HDD mounts are somewhat scary.
Excerpt: This radical enthusiast PC case is built for maximum flexibility, ventilation, and visibility. A few parts could have been more rugged for the price, but it remains a solid chassis for showing off your PC-building handiwork.
Pros: Open design for maximum airflow, Modular frames allow for top- or bottom-mounted power supply, motherboard, Supports up to 15 fans, 11 drives
Cons: Pricey, Tool tray is screwed in place, Love-it-or-hate-it design, More plastic than we'd like
The Antec Lnboy Air is like no other case you have seen. The modularity of the design allows the system builder a great amount of flexibility and compatibility. The case is well built, spacious, lightweight, easy to transport and all the things we have come to expect from the Lanboy family of enclosures. It also looks good, comes with 5 fans and loads of features for cooling.
Excerpt: After getting my first look at Antec's LanBoy Air chassis almost a year ago, I've been hoping to get my hands on one for review. Having examined it for the past couple of weeks, I'm not in the least disappointed. With a rich and innovative feature set, superb cooling, almost limitless configuration options and an intelligent overall design scheme, the LanBoy Air pushes the envelope of PC chassis evolution.