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
Excerpt: Antec offers some of the cleanest yet abstract enclosure designs on the planet. It’s like one department is always keeping professional while another keeps it interesting. Every so often we see something that doesn’t seem to make sense at first glance. The Antec LanBoy Air enclosure is one of those special creations.
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?
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
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.
Summary: The two side-fans blowing directly on the GPU certainly seemed to help, and the all-in positive air-pressure approach actually worked better than more traditional airflow schemes. We’re not convinced this case won’t turn into a DustBoy Air after six months, but we appreciate the modularity and the novelty that Antec has brought to the table here. With plenty of default fans, no end to the customization, and a great industrial look, Antec’s got another winner here.
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.
Conclusion: It's hard to rank the LanBoy Air or compare it to anything, as it's such an unique product. We do tend to appreciate every manufacturer that tries something new and the Air really does fit this description. Anyway the uniqueness aside, it does also serve its purpose as an overall good case. The installation is easy, it can fit all the graphic cards and power supplies, and ofcourse it has exactly as much ventilation as you could ever wish for.
Pros: All the tweaking options, Easy installation, Crazy optional cooling