Antec Solo II: The Legacy Lives On

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EXTERIOR

The Solo II measures 20.5 x 44.0 x 47.0 cm or 8.1 x 17.3 x 18.5 in (W x H x D) making the total case volume 42.4 L. Despite its relatively small size, it is a heavy steel enclosure weighing 9.1 kg or 20.2 lb.


Though the silver is gone from the front panel, the Solo II has the same super glossy finish as the original. While this makes it shine in a showroom, fingerprints and smudges quickly accumulate. A more textured matte finish would be preferable.


The bezel can be opened only after the side padel is removed, by pushing three plastic tabs outward, as in the original Solo. You can remove the bezel completely by lifting it upwards to unhook the metal hinges. The previous 92 mm fan intake mounts have been replaced with 120 mm placements complete with removable dust filters.


The spongy power and reset buttons remain. They're difficult to depress accidentally but feel a bit odd. The buttons on the original Solo were prone to breaking. Although Antec assures us that they are much improved, we have to note that the assembly has thin plastic arms secured to the bezel with screws. Depressing the buttons deeply puts pressure on what appear to be fragile joints.


The rear is mostly unchanged except for the presence of a two-speed fan control switch for the included 120 mm exhaust fan.


The side panels are 1 mm thick, which accounts for the sturdiness of the case, like the original; most cases rarely use panels thicker than 0.8 mm. Like its predecessor, the main panels have polycarbonate sheets bonded on the inside, which mostly works to damp panel vibrations. Again, like the original, the left panel is equipped with what we believe are the best attachment devices ever created for PC case side panel locks: Permanently attached spring-loaded thumb screws. They are impossible to lose, secure and sturdy. Why such devices are not more widely used is a mystery to us.


The bottom is the same... except the small slits under the front bezel in the original Solo have been expanded to three large holes for increased airflow.



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