Summary: I would not, obviously, purchase again. Too bad it is too much of a hassle to return it. Purchased a new PSU (from another vender) and it is on its way.
Pros: I like the case. I bought it because I was building a quiet rig. It only has one case fan and is very quiet. The size is perfect.
Cons: The PSU literally blew up after three days. It sounded like a firecracker. The version of the case I received is a dated version of this very dated case. It lacks some features that can be had in a newer Sonata III.
Summary: I've yet to start my build and I hope to start sometime soon. I'll follow up once the build is complete.
Pros: This is my second Antec Sonata as the first build was back in 2006 and it's still going well. This looks similar to the first case with some minor changes and possible upgrades. Plenty of room for SSD, HD and other goodies needed to complete a system.
Cons: Received the case through standard shipping courier. The shipping box was is very good shape and not damaged. However, upon inspection the top and one side of the case has a small "rub" mark on the paint and a small hairline scratch. These blemishes won't come out with any buffing. I don't think this was from shipping since it was wrapped very well and packaged very well to boot, but from the factory as QC missed it. It's tolerable, however, QC needs to spot and remov...
Summary: This is an old out-of-date design that Antec merely slapped a new PSU into and upgraded it to USB 3.0. Overall, it's a good case and was a great choice years ago, but times have changed and this model's design just doesn't really cut it anymore. Only buy this case if you're on a budget and it's on sale and you aren't planning to put together a super powerful gaming rig or HTPC. Otherwise, you are much better off with say...
Pros: Nice sleek design. Pretty sturdy construction. Plenty of extra hardware. PSU included and pre-installed. Roomy interior. Rubber grommets for HDDs. Locking front and side panel doors. Two 120mm fan mounts. Front panel fan filter.
Cons: PSU is mounted at the top of the case, rather than the bottom and can't be removed or replaced without taking the entire motherboard out first... Lack of extra air vents, fans and fan mounts. There's only room for two 120mm fans and the second (internal) one would get in the way of a beefy video card, defeating the purpose. No vents on the side or top of the case and only one lame 120mm fan that comes with it (lame because it's a manual 3 speed switch fan, rather than...
Summary: This my third build in 20 years. Thought I had messed up on the cable & wire connections. Took it to Data Doctors. They replaced the Power Supply with OCZ Power Supply. $150.00 Computer is working very well, now. Can't return for a credit, as I have to return the complete case, which I can't do, as it is working well now. Expected much better quality from Antec.
Pros: This was my third Sonata III case.
Cons: Power Supply was D.O.A. Expected much better quality from Antec.
Summary: The chassis we received had some external (cosmetic) damage. The shipping carton itself was in good condition, as was the cushioning foam, indicating to us that this chassis was not dropped or otherwise mishandled by Newegg, or during shipment from Newegg to us. It is certainly not the first time that we've seen this in Antec products. In comparison with other chassis in the same price range, this product comes off as chintzy and overpriced.
Pros: * Shock-absorbing internal disk drive trays. Shock and vibration are the number one killer of hard drives, so this is a worthwhile feature. * 120mm rear bulkhead fan. These large fans can turn more slowly that the 80mm and 92mm alternatives, yet move as much air as the smaller fans with less blade passing noise (whine). The lower RPM helps to prolong bearing life as well. * Generally good looks.
Cons: * Locking front door. Not only does this "feature" offer an opportunity to lose the keys and thus not be able to gain access to the controls and drive bays, it sets up a situation where the DVD/CD drive can be fatally damaged if it receives an eject command while the door is closed. * Cramped interior space. Not only does the tight interior increase the required assembly time, it prevents removal and replacement of the power supply unless the heat sink assembly is rem...
Summary: I used to buy only Antec cases years ago and I stopped because of pricing and because they stopped making the models I liked. For this build I could not find a similar case with all these virtues. One important thing was the hard drive trays that slide in from the side. In spite of the mix up with the reset buttons I still gave it 5 eggs, the price is a wee bit high, but then there is nothing else that comes even close, not to mention the quality power supply.
Pros: 4 hard drive trays with rubber mounts to eliminate vibration. Nice black finish, dust filter, 500w Power Supply with all sorts of connections, large but quiet fan. All the screws you need, no need to run to the store to buy more. Not a single sharp edge inside the case to slice and dice my hand.
Cons: Power on and reset buttons were reversed. A wee bit expensive.
Summary: As I said, I have had this case since 2008 and the power supply just died this month. So I feel this case owes me nothing considering it has outlasted the manufacturers warranty by 2 years. I would definitely recommend this case. If they would lower the price back to what I originally paid ($90) in 2008, I would most likely purchase a second one.
Pros: I found this case is very easy to work in. I bought this case because I am able to lock both the side and front access panels to keep my toddler niece's curious fingers out of it. She kept shutting off the power on a previous case. I have owned this case since 2008 and have made many upgrades (swapped MBs added and removed components, etc) and have not had a problem. It still looks good and it also has a front filter that can be removed (albeit with a little difficult...
Cons: The only con I have is that the way the hard drives are mounted, routing the cables is a bit "tricky" but not impossible.