Summary: I ordered this case last week, looking forward to having the 2 front USB 3.0 and 1 eSata port. I received the case, which correctly states it is the Antec Sonata III 500 and it only has 2 USB ports and audio jacks on the front of the case. No eSata port. I did not hook it up to verify if the USB are 2.0 or 3.0. I think the older model was 2.0.
Summary: I bought this case circa 2008 to house my first homebuilt PC. It was NOT a wise choice. If you intend to use this for applications requiring heavy processing power or add-on video cards, it will either NOT be quiet or your components will run too hot. The cooling is inadequate with the single, 3-speed, 120 mm, rear case fan. With only the one fan, you will, at a minimum, need to run it at the highest speed (i.e.
Summary: I ordered the case with the idea to have a silent machine that I could black out for running in a room where we sleep. I was very sad to find out its not very quiet. Case has terrible air flow and ran very hot. I build a fair amount of computers and I would not use this case again.
Summary: Nice case overall for those building a machine that won't product to much heat. Problem was that my case never came with the parts bag. You can't mount the hard drives without special screws that go through the rubber hard drive grommets. Returning a case to amazon just isn't going to work. So trying to get the parts missing from Antec has been a chore and a half. Their support is well... there isn't any. You can't ever get a hold of anyone in customer care.
Summary: The picture seems to indicate a highly polished, bluish mirror finish. This is primarily why I ordered a more expensive case. What came in the mail was a black case that does not at all have the mirror finish as depicted in the picture, nor the bluish hue. I will upload my picture for the readers to compare. ** Update ** Changed my rating from 1 to 3 stars. Apart from aethetics, the box has performed really well in my home theatre setup.
nice case, loud rear fan, flimsy front door assembly
7 March 2010
Summary: i got this case after hearing how quiet it is. although not as quiet as I had hoped, it's alright I guess. the included rear fan is pretty loud at the highest setting so I had to swap it out with a 120mm fan silverstone fan I already had. earthwatt 500 psu is alright and it's been reviewed very positively now the most annoying thing. a screw that holds the front door hinge was already snapped off when I got the unit. i had to crazy glue that piece back in there.
Summary: I'm only rating this product based on the shipping. I have not used the case yet. This is the worst packaged item I've ever bought from amazon. The box it shipped in was twice the size of the case box inside. The case box has dented corners as a result. I'll update the review only if it was damaged. Updated 12-21-08: This case is not quiet. They tried hard, with rubber mounts for hard drive and the case itself, but the fan out the back is loud.
Summary: My Sonata III 500 arrived with a broken door. It looks like Antec will replace it, but I'm really disappointed with the quality. I had never ordered a name-brand case before and I was expecting something better than a generic. Well, this is a little better but not worth twice the cost of your usual case. The entire front including the external drive door is plastic and quite cheap.
Summary: I bought my first sonata case 2 years ago and love it. This new one is ok, but not as nice as the old models. The case finishing is lousy, has an orange peel texture instead of a smooth finish like the old cases. The rubber feet came off when I pulled it out from under my desk (cheap glue instead of being screwed or plugged into the case. The door that covers the drives feels cheap and flimsy.
Summary: Bra, tyst och robust låda, men nätagget behöva man byta ut om man verkligen vill ha en tyst dator. Låter ganska mycket så fort belastningen eller värmen börja stiga. Är dessutom ganska klent. 500W räcker inte långt om man har några hårddiskar och ett modernt grafikkort... Välj då istället en Sonata Elite låda och köp ett separat nätagg...