Conclusion: As I've said in many previous reviews, silence is very close to my heart, so it's always interesting to see and hear the new "quiet" cases. Antec also has a long history on this area with their Performance One- and Sonata-series of cases, and the Solo II sure keeps up their reputation. The case combines stylish looks with clever layout, easy installation and of course quiet operation.
Pros: Easy access to HDDs, Really quiet fan, Room for all sizes of graphic cards
Overall, Antec has done a great job at redesigning the Solo for the Solo II. It offers some of the same features that many loved in the original while making it more modern and useful for today’s case standards. There is certainly a lot in the case that I like, such as the high quality material and construction of the case, the hard drive tray system, sleek and quiet design and the included rear 120mm fan with switch.
Summary: The Antec Solo 2 Case is a elegant looking case with lots of great features. It's all black, lots of drive bays, fans, tool-less design, hole on motherboard tray, cable management holes and more. It also has acoustic dampending material, which is excellent for quiet computer builds.
Conclusion: Antec Solo II is well balanced case for homeuser. It has enough space for both larger graphics cards and fanslots are well placed. Cooling with stock fans is more than enough for your everyday computer, but high end users might want to add an extra fan or two. For those who seek ultimate silence, the case offers antivibration hard disk installation with suspension mount cables.
Summary: The Antec SOLO II has excellent noise level dampening control. The fan controller can be fine tuned to suit any user's needs.
The Antec SOLO II is as quiet as they come. The new Antec TrueQuiet fan remains silent even on the highest setting and it requires a closer inspection to discern between the fan speed changes. Adding two more TrueQuiet fans for intake will significantly improve thermal performance without a noticeable noise penalty.
Pros: Excellent noise level dampening, Fits long graphics cards including the AMD Radeon HD6990, Excellent build and attractive minimalistic design, 120mm TrueQuiet Fan pre-installed, Front dust fan filters, Good cable management, Two USB 3.0 front panel port, Tool-less Installation for tray/suspension mounting system, Conveniently large cutout for CPU coolers
Cons: Has room for only three maximum 2.5"/3.5" drives plus dedicated 2.5" mounting area, Suspension mount limits HDD mounting to two drives
Conclusion: When it comes to sound, the Solo II only slightly better than it's predecessor the Solo. A 120 mm True Quiet exhaust fan helps to keep noise down and temperatures lower. The build goes slower than other mid-sized towers due the layout, but the layout allows just enough room for performance components. Due to the small-footprint and the capacity for high power parts the interior runs hot.
Pros: Room for large video cards, True Quiet 120 mm exhaust fan, Silicone noise-damping feet, Sound damping panels, Multiple quiet-mounting options for hard drives, USB 3.0 on front panel, Small footprint
Cons: Low clearance under motherboard tray, Suspended hard drive can dislodge, Very little damping in front panel, On the expensive side, Drive cage difficult to access
Summary: The original Antec Solo was a landmark in quiet computing, and remains a very nice case, even today, six years after its launch. The Solo II brings many expected upgrades like a motherboard tray cutout, USB 3.0 (with a proper internal 20-pin header) and just enough design tweaks to retain the heart and soul of the original while making it competitive with today's offerings.
Pros: Very quiet, Excellent thermal performance, Excellent stock fan, Hard drive suspension system, Proper internal USB 3.0 cable, Supports long graphics cards
Cons: Only one fan included, Only two sets of hard drive suspenders, Questionable power/reset buttons, Glossy finish attracts fingerprints, Could use better cable management, Expensive
Excerpt: Antec is a company that is known to just about any level of enthusiast. They have been cranking out cases since 1986 for all style tastes. Seems as of late that Antec was focusing on the gamer side of things with the Lanboy Air , Dark Fleet series, and Gamer case lines. Not everyone likes that style of case, preferring a classier look. For those users Antec has the Performance and Sonata series.
Conclusion: The takeaway from all of our testing of the Antec Solo II is a pretty simple one: if you prioritize silent running above all else, your choice is fairly clear. For the office environments Antec hopes to cater to, the Solo II is going to be a stellar enclosure with its understated appearance and equally unobtrusive acoustics. It's simply one of the quietest cases we've ever tested, if not the quietest.