Summary: Antec cases are always easy to use and they look good also. This case has acoustic damping tiles on each side which makes this a very quite computer. The power on and off button is a bad design and can break very easy if you try to clean the front filter in the case.
Summary: Antec sent me a USB3 to USB2 converter cable on request, at no charge. Had ordered a non-USB3 mobo but now all 4 front USB ports will be available.
Pros: Case went together beautifully. Clean edges, all neatly finished. Elegant minimal look. (with caveat on the power switch LED) Sound proofing on side panels & etc. Nice ventilation; very nice removable filters. Everything runs cool only with fan that came with. Top mount psu.
Cons: Pretty but big. Probably overpriced. They almost got it, but missed a few design & engineering details. 1. Front panel is not ALL aluminum, perhaps part of it is. 2. Front panel has a slight rattle, audible a6 2 feet away. There probably should be a hinge in the middle, as well as on the top & bottom. Very Un-pleased about door rattle. Will have to cure that some way. 3. Blue LED which lights up Power switch shows through the left side air vents in the middle of the F...
Summary: I took off one egg for the jacks being fussy and another egg for Antec acknowledging the problem, but then sending me a replacement part that still had the same problem! It's like going to a diner and saying, "hey my hot tea is cold." "Ok, we'll give you another one." And the second one is cold, too!
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...
Summary: Not sure if this is really a con, but the bar that supports the PSU is a real pain to work with. You have to remove it before installing the PSU which makes it really hard to screw in the PSU without any support or help.
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.