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Antec Sonata III
7.7 out of 10

Antec Sonata III

The Antec Sonata III 500 Super Mini Tower combines style, silenc Read more

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Overall 6
6.0

incompatble USB 3.0 connector

James M., Newegg
27 February 2015
  • Summary: I wopuld have liked to read a comment by sither of the mnufacturers, Antec and MSI, or New Egg, concerning this issue.
  • Pros: Its and Antec !
  • Cons: The USB 3.0 connector size can be a problem with some mother boards . The connector block hangs over the socket sides. I found an MSI board that would not allow the connector to seat properly. on the first try to seat the connector , when I sat the case upright the connector fell out. the second try with a little more force produced disaster.
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Overall 6
6.0

Solid Overall but Fan Failure, Weak Front Panel

Mark H., Newegg
17 December 2014
  • Pros: Great case overall. I bought this years ago in New York and shipped it to Singapore, back to NY, and now have it with me in the Chicago area. Power supply has been solid throughout. Case is in great shape thanks to quality chassis construction.
  • Cons: Three qualms. 1) The case fan died within the first year. This is a simple piece of construction so I'm not sure what happened at Antec manufacturing to have it dud so early on. (I should have contacted them about the warranty at that time but I forgot and now I'm past the warranty period.) 2) USB ports in the front are weak. Granted, I'm a little flippant throwing USB drives into them, but at this point they are busted beyond use. I wish there were a way to replace t...
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Overall 6
6.0

III Eggs for Antec Sonata III

Anonymous, Newegg
18 March 2014
  • Summary: This is an old out-of-date design that Antec merely slapped a new PSU into and upgraded it to USB 3.0.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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Great case for the price

Steveen P., Newegg
22 June 2013
  • Pros: awesome looking case and I was really looking for a case that came with a power supply and this seemed like my best option. quiet and sleek
  • Cons: wish it had some form of push fan in the front as i only have an exhaust in the back and my haswell runs warm. one of the sata power connections appears to be fault and it was driving me insane trying to figure out if i had a hard drive or motherboard issue. too much trouble to rma since i'd have to gut my system and wait again so i guess ill live with it...
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Leslie M., Newegg
14 December 2012
  • Pros: Nice Case
  • Cons: Not enough hookup for HDMI etc.. Way too small..Not enough power- Power Supply too small..for new processors and Hard Drives... Mid Tower Cases is suppose to look bigger not smaller..
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Overall 6
6.0

Quiet - but annoying

Josh B., Newegg
17 August 2012
  • Pros: Very quiet
  • Cons: It does not directly accept 3.5 inch HD nor does it take 5.25 inch DVD drives without some kind of adapter. I had to jerry - rig it to work. For this price, it should have the adapters...... Also, the 3 position fan switch does not have a place to to to the outside of the box. So, you can only adjust the case fan speed by opening the case.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent case, but could be better

David C., Newegg
8 July 2011
  • Summary: It's an overall good case, but Antec slipped on the attention to detail. Little things like the side door not fitting well. And the side rails for the DVD drive have the third screw hole blocked by a plastic tab - and its the one I need for the DVD to sit flush. Time for the Dremel! Cooling is marginal - I hate the switch controlled fan. But unlike others, I like the simplicity of the looks, sure beats the gaudy Transformer looking cases!
  • Pros: 1. Quiet, at least with fan on low 2. Decent size energy efficient PSU, works for most moderate systems. 3. Easy hard drive access with shock/vibration mounted hard drives. 4. Understated good looks :)
  • Cons: 1. Side panel difficult to get off and screws don't align well. 2. Rails for external 5.25" drives don't allow use of "third hole" that is needed to make DVD sit flush with front. 3. Fan speed is switch controlled, should be temperature or motherboard control! 4. Air filter is only accessible from the bottom.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Pawel_P, NCIX.com
19 January 2011
  • Summary: This is an adequate budget case for a computer. Nothing fancy, but does have some noise prevention features like gummy hdd mounts. Quality could be better, no noise damping on the case. Very disappointed by the lack of a fan mount for the hdds - only a single exhaust fan. It has front usb, audio and esata, and these are accessible without having to open the front door.
  • Pros: good price/performance, reasonably good access to all areas inside case, haven't cut myself when putting the putter together in this case
  • Cons: not the best PSU included (has potentially bad caps - will see though, maybe the factory improved its electrolyte formula), no place to mount a hdd fan
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Beny_Y, NCIX.com
29 December 2010
  • Summary: Overall I am very pleased with this case -- I was looking for a PC to place underneath my desk in the office. The front panel makes it easy to access USB and SATA ports. Unfortunately, the power button is located inside the front panel door, so to turn on the PC I have to open the door and push the button.
  • Pros: -Glossy Black Finish, -USB/SATA Front Panel Connectors, -Power Supply and Chasis Fan included
  • Cons: -Power/Reset Button located inside the front panel door
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Overall 6
6.0

nice case but noisy PSU

Taewook Y., Newegg
16 December 2010
  • Pros: nice and quiet case. It is made of sturdy steel plate. Plenty of room for expansion. good design and isolation dampers for hard drives.
  • Cons: PSU has a electric noise. So I had to return.
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