Pros: Nearly silent. . .just a low, clean hum. It was very easy to install components, and the build quality looks very good.
Cons: Only one disappointment that I did not expect, and that was the power button which is cheap and rattles. Not worth taking a star off for, but many have pointed out this issue and Antec would do well to correct in future versions of this case.
Pros: Great design for a quiet system. I like the airflow from the bottom of the case to the top. I'm glad Antec made available a case similar to their original Sonata, which I also have and still use.
Cons: What's with the headphone jacks Antec? The headphone jacks feel like they won't work. For a good connection you have to insert a headphone plug hard enough that even a fully loaded case will move backward. I contacted Antec for replacement jacks, which they sent. Same deal. It's WAAAYYYYY too hard to plug the 3.5mm plug in and it just doesn't feel right. There's never that 'click' that tells you the plug is seated correctly. Every other piece of equipment with a 3.5mm...
Pros: For years I've been dreaming of a silent PC, and this case helped make that dream a reality. The system is 100% inaudible, and only has 3 fans (front intake, CPU cooler, and rear exhaust). It looks beautiful, and feels very well built. I was able to install my power supply without removing the retention bar.
Cons: For the price, there are a few niceties missing, like a front intake fan, being able to store extra screws inside the case, and only having thumbscrews on one of the side panels. Also, I have the case sitting sideways on my desk, and you can see the power LED through the side air intake vents, which is annoying. I really considered subtracting an egg, but I'm so pleased with the lack of noise, that I'll let it slide.
Summary: Another minor quibble, not worth an egg, is that my PSU mounting holes lined up with mounting "notches" rather than holes on the case. Maybe I'm a Nervous Nellie, but I would've prefered that those mounting screws be stuck through proper holes rather than notches.
Pros: - Quiet
Cons: I'm not a big fan of the way the front panel works on this case. It swings open rather than detaching, and in order for that to work, they necessarily included gaps on either side of the 5.25" drive bays so the door could swing past it. So, if you have a 5.25" drive installed (i.e. an optical drive) then you will have small gaps on either side of the drive once everything is closed up. It's a minor gripe, not worth an egg, but I figured it was worth a mention.
Summary: The top mount power supply position is better for PS cooling than bottom mounts IMO. However, with a liquid cooling radiator and fans the space can get real tight with the PS mounted right above it.
Pros: This is a well built case. It's very solidly constructed. Has a top of case power supply mount.
Cons: Not the biggest fan of the front fascia. You have to remove the side panel to open, which is easy enough with thumbscrews, to get to the front fan dust filters. You can completely remove the front panel during your build. Rehanging it can be a tad tricky.
Pros: Very good sound dampening. Besides the PSU fan, and power button rattling, I couldn't hear anything else inside of it.
Cons: The power button rattles as if there is a vibration in the case. There is no vibration that I can detect but the power button continues to annoyingly rattle. In all my years I have never had a power button that rattles like this one does.
Conclusion: After spending some time with the Antec SOLO II, I’m going to say that we have a winner in loser’s clothing. This may cause a few people to pass it by if they see it on a store shelf, but hear me out.
Pros: Very nice looking, and high quality construction throughout this case. The SSD mount is nice. Soft rubber grommets for spinner drives keep them quiet. The upper vent for inverted PSU is fantastic. Room for the biggest video cards. Big, quiet, high-quality exhaust fan with speed switch externally mounted. This is the perfect case for a smallish quiet gaming machine or workstation.
Cons: Price! Hence the missing egg, and why I bought it elsewhere for a little less. Should be around 100. It's very nice just not that big and shouldn't cost quite as much. I'd rather it was 1/2" wider and more room behind the backplane for bigger cables. 5-1/4" drive mounting is old school and outdated. Power button is the same bad design from the original Solo. Requiring removal of side and front panels for filter access is a pain. For the steep price Antec should have i...