Computex 2011: Antec's Solo II for $119by Anand Lal Shimpi on June 1, 2011 1:22 AM EST
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Antec also showed us its Solo II case at the show. A pretty standard looking chassis the Solo II is designed to be a good balance of functionality and performance. There's one fixed internal 2.5" drive mount, and the three tool-less 3.5" bays can accept either 2.5" or 3.5" drives.
You can also ditch the drive carriers and use the case's two suspension mounts instead.
Antec was pretty proud of the Solo II's large cutout for the CPU area, a design choice mirrored in the P280 we covered earlier.
Check out the gallery below for more pics.
Gallery: Computex 2011: Antec's Solo II
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Exodite - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI love the SOLO, only reason I'm not using it anymore is that my HD6950 won't fit in front of the drive bay. I can't tell if the drive bay will block the card with the SOLO II, probably not since the top slot is usually a PCIe x1 slot.
Two immediate drawbacks that I can tell:
They haven't fixed the incredibly poor power and reset buttons, those are really spongy and prone to break. Something more clicky, firmer with less travel and better response would have been good. Also, something less prone to snap off from the front panel.
I'm not so sure I need 4 USB ports in the front, I'd rather have just the 2 USB 3.0 ones and team those with a powered eSATA and a Firewire port.
Yeah, almost nothing uses Firewire but we still get them on many motherboards.
Another option would have been a card reader.
Finally, I had hoped for a solution that would allow me to use my fanless Seasonic PSU. Unfortunately that requires ventilation from the top, which means a bottom mounted orientation.
Still, I'm glad to see this great chassis is still getting updated.
stromgald30 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI have to agree. I was really looking forward to this case. Hopefully the reviews will show that they also improved the space for cable management. They should at least have eSATA on the front or maybe a card reader (like the CM 550 Silencio). I would've also preferred them putting the front panel connections up top as well like the P280, which looks like a great case (but too pricey for me).
It probably isn't a bad case, but it doesn't seem like a slam dunk choice over the Cooler Master Silencio which I was also considering.
Belard - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkDoesn't look any better than my white P150 (which was renamed into the SOLO)... Where is the picture of the entire front?
My P150 is over 4 years old, still works very good... but the power LED has died. (I swapped it with the HD one)
There are more interesting cases on the market nowadays.
Exodite - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI don't really want 'interesting' myself though. I want discrete, silent and functional.
Preferably black, most definitely no annoying leds, clear sides, exotic designs or panels looking more like swiss cheese than, well, panels. :)
I'm kinda traditional like that.
Unfortunately that's made finding a case the absolutely hardest part of building a new rig.
dnd728 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link"I'm not so sure I need 4 USB ports in the front, I'd rather have just the 2 USB 3.0 ones and team those with a powered eSATA and a Firewire port."
Better yet, Thunderbolt...
Exodite - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI confess I did mention useless obsolete port already, no need to take it to the next level... ;)
Exodite - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkAnd with typos, no less. *sigh*
dnd728 - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - linkI confess I wrote this before Anand corrected that it won't be included in the next chipset. ;)
…because the case is probably going to be released at about the same time.
But why won't they simply make one or two of them swappable? (I mean besides obviously wanting to sell you another case)
They could then sell each 2 cents replacement for $9.99. I would be more willing to buy an expensive case if I knew it's upgradeable.
Exodite - Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - linkThat's an excellent point, a choice in front panel configurations would be very nice.
Zap - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI loved the original Solo, but this one seems a bit... meh.