Summary: This case came with a computer in 2008, I recently upgraded the entire system keeping the case, optical drive, and hard drive. In the four years that I've had the case the front USB ports broke, I called antec and they sent me a replacement panel which upgraded the front USB ports from 2.0 to 3.0. The case is very easy to work with, so many features make it an easy case to work with that its hard to enumerate.
Pros: - Sturdy construction - Case locks (side panel, and front I/O) - Optical drives and hard drives slide out on trays making quick switches/installation a breeze - Plenty of room behind the hard drive trays to run cables, making cable management very easy - Hard drive bays are isolated by rubber grommets to reduce noise
Cons: - Sharp edges on internal pieces - CD drive isn't mechanically isolated - one case fan in the back draws air in from the front. This makes the front of the case a huge dust trap (though a washable filterh elps) - Loud (again due to the one case fan in the back) - Back panel is riveted on (makes figuring out how to access things a bit of a puzzle)
Summary: In spite of the cons, these are the only cases I use. You can build a gaming rig inside, but you have to be smart about your cooling choices and pick efficient components. SUPER FAST BUILD. Running Folding@home for 7 straight days, averaging 64K PPD and running cool, pulling 294 watts from the wall (including Samsung 27 in. monitor).
Pros: Cold rolled steel. Quiet. Sturdy. Can fit any gaming card I have ever tried (sometimes a little tight, yet they fit).
Cons: I own four of these currently. My only complaint is that to access the power button you have to swing the door open. I realize this is so you can lock the door and no one can turn on your PC, but at least you could offer to sell me a door with a power button pass through mechanism. I have to remove the front door to have easy access to my power switch. These cases are not meant for extreme cooling. They are made to be quiet. Not a con for me, but you can either choose...
Summary: Great case at a good price. When you figure that the power supply is included the price looks even better.
Pros: This case has a lot going for it. It's sturdy and very quiet. But best of all, there's plenty of room for everything. It's very easy to get your hands inside it to work on it. All that space plus the built-in fan means that there's great cooling going on. I just bought my fifth Antec Sonata III case a couple of weeks ago. I bought the first one in 2007. The 2007 computer has been used in our office every day and it's still going strong.
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.
Stands the test of time... as long as they haven't changed it
Steven S., Newegg
23 December 2013
Summary: I've owned this case for about 5 years now and it has remained my absolute favorite. Mine is definitely top quality, but I am sad to hear from recent reviews that they are apparently now taking some shortcuts in manufacturing that affect its quality. The case is now much more expensive than before, but I would still pay that much for it.
Pros: * Very Sturdy * Somewhat Quiet * Looks great * No drawbacks whatsoever
Summary: If you're not looking to build a performance rig, this is a perfect case.
Pros: This case is a solid choice if you want to build a small server or a non-performance workstation. It is really quiet by the overall design as well as little details like the rubber hard drive mounts. Lots of space for drives. The integrated PSU will cover everything you'll mount (with the exception listed under con)
Cons: if your rig builds a lot of heat, it gets very difficult to get the heat out of the case. There is really only space for one exhaust fan (where you have to mount your radiator if you use one) ... there is one more mount for an intake fan, but it's not up front but behind the 3,5" mounts (not sure what they were thinking), so getting cool air is not that easy. Plus if you have a high end GPU, it will take the whole length of the slot and prevent you from using that fan...