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: bought this case with the 500w psu about 3 years ago on christmas sale at around $80. It works just fine. The lock function of the side panel and the front panel can be useful if you need it. There is only one case fan at the back, which works quiet so far in 3 years. One weakness is that you cannot do much case management with this case. But for a case bought 3 years ago at this price? I can live with it.
Summary: It still remains a great buy for one looking for an easy solution at a general use workstation case at the get go.
Pros: Quiet and convenient workstation case for home/office use., Built in power supply by Antec and it's a adequate performer. Elegant looking case, suitable for general use application.
Cons: Case temp may get a little hot, better ventilation design is restricted by its rather compact design. It's a tradeoff. Not recommended for gaming which usually requires extra long video card + extra heat dissipation or 24/7 server stations.
Pros: Great value, especially with the included PSU. I like the side-facing HD bays, the super-convenient side panel latch, and the air filter in the front. Case isn't too flashy but looks attractive and feels pretty sturdy. Working on it was convenient.
Cons: Owning this case taught me that I don't like cases with doors over the 5.25" drive bays. The door isn't bad itself, but since I like to have my PC behind stuff and out of the way it was a pain and I eventually removed it, but now it looks uglier and dust gets in all the cracks around the bays. If you don't mind the door more power to you, but I guess they're not for everybody. Also, no way to remove the second side panel. Slightly annoying for HD cable routing.
Summary: It would have been nice if the power button extended through the front door panel.
Pros: Very attractive case that runs quiet.
Cons: No documentation included for power supply and connectors, which wouldn't be a big deal IF they were typically labeled and used a standard configuration. Example: The ATX 12V normally would be a 8 pin connector. This PS has two separate 4 pin connectors labeled LM and MR that should be installed side by side. However the picture on the box shows a standard ATX 12V connector labeled ATX/EPS. Go figure.
Summary: At 100$ this would be a no brainer for most of the builds I make for myself and my friends, but because the price keeps jumping back up I sometimes have to chose another case and it's a shame because this one is silent, it's well built and it looks nice!
Pros: It's very quiet! and it comes with a good PSU!