Antec Super Lanboy

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FRONT BEZEL

Antec has done a pretty nice job on the design of the front bezel. There's a front door to cover the external bays that's deep enough to cover the knobs on most fan controllers. The door has a plastic friction latch that, on my review sample, was quite tight and required both hands to open. At least the door won't fly open while you're carrying the case to or from a LAN Party! The door will also reduce the optical drive noise.


Front Bezel. Note the I/O panel and filterless blue tinted fan guard.

Beneath the door, running the width of the case is the front I/O panel that includes a small reset button, a set of audio I/O jacks, two USB 2.0 ports, three LEDs and a large power button. The reset button is small and recessed enough to keep from being inadvertently depressed. I especially like the audio output. It makes it real convenient to plug in headphones without having to reach around the back of the case. The USB 2.0 ports work well at USB 2.0 speed. The three LEDs are for HDD activity, case power and something mysteriously called "turbo". I left this one disconnected during my testing.


I/O Panel and front fan. From left to right: reset button, audio I/O jacks, USB 2.0 ports, LEDs, power button. Behind the easily removable fan guard is the clear 120mm front fan with blue LED.

Beneath the I/O panel is the front fan intake area. The clear plastic front fan is situated directly beneath a decorative blue-tinged plastic grill. This grill is easily removable and has a series of fairly big holes in its face and around its periphery that allows good airflow into the case. There is no air filter included with the Super Lanboy, nor is there any place to fit one if the front fan is used.

The front bezel is screwed onto the case with six self-tapping screws. To remove it requires the removal of both side panels in order to access the screws. It's certainly not as convenient as the more common type of snap on bezel.

Behind the front door, to the right of the 3.5" drive cage is a unique feature that Antec calls a toolbox. It's a 3" x 5" x 1.5" plastic drawer with a slide off lid. It's designed to hold extra parts like screws, standoffs, jumpers, BIOS battery, Fanmates, etc. It's held in place by a small push-release latch and has a window in the front that Antec calls a picture frame. You can customize the front of your toolbox by sliding whatever small picture you want into the picture frame.


Slide out tool box. A perfect place to keep your caffeine pills!

BACK PANEL

The back of the case features a standard ATX PSU mounting hole, an I/O shield, a set of seven covered PCI card slots and a 120mm fan grill that is similar to those found on Antec's other recent cases. This grill allows good airflow for the included "low noise" clear plastic 120mm case fan. The PCI slot covers are accessed by a sliding steel cover screwed onto the back of the case with a set of thumb screws. On my review sample the hole for the I/O shield was slightly oversize. The included shield didn't snap into the hole, nor did any of the other standard size I/O shields that I tried. I had to hold the shield in place while installing the motherboard in order to keep it in place. This isn't a big annoyance but it makes you wonder how Antec didn't catch this oversight. The I/O shield on my sample was laying in the bottom of the case when I opened the box and there is no way it would stay in position on its own.


Rear view. Note the 120mm unrestrictive fan grill and sliding lock plate for the AGP/PCI cards. Both left and right panels sport hasp locks to the protruding tab on the case wall.



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