Antec Signature S10: A Second Coming?

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EXTERIOR

The Antec S10 has a steel interior, aluminum side door panels, and a plastic top/front, and weighs 39 lb or 17.7 kg. It measures 23.7 x 9.5 x 23.2 inches or 60.2 x 24.1 x 58.9 cm (H x W x D) for a total volume of 85.5 Liters, making it around 40% more voluminous than a typical ATX tower.


Despite carrying a US$499 price-tag, both the top and front portions of the case are made of plastic. The front bezel is solid, smooth, and rounded at the corners with no door or external drive bays.


The top of the case has an odd cover which serves no purpose as far as I can tell. A matching dimpled surface makes the round ventilation holes less noticeable. Toward the front where it begins to slope downward, is a 5.25 inch slot, but it's only deep enough for a fan controller or add-on panel, not an optical drive. Further down is the control panel with four USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, and a shallow power button.


Between the two sections is a 17 mm wide gap (23 mm with the filter removed) providing airflow to the larger portion. The panels are quite heavy, reinforced at the outer corners, and have strong magnetic strips holding them tightly in place but a plastic lever at the top helps pry them open more easily. There's also a release at the bottom which allows the front fan filter to slide out through the side.


The 4 mm thick removable aluminum panels swing outward revealing the S10's innards, which are split up into three sections There are three removable fan filters, the main one servicing the intake fans, and smaller ones under the power supply and at the top of the hard drive stack.


The main door's hinges are located at the back and are fitted with removable plastic pegs to prevent metal-on-metal contact. One of the plastic pieces was damaged during our initial inspection causing a slight issue where the front of the door had to be lifted slightly in order to close properly. These little plastic bits seem too fragile to handle all this weight and are not that well secured. A couple of them fell off during my time with it and some time was spent at floor level searching for them.


Aside from the 10 expansion slot covers, the back is not well-ventilated. A single 120 mm exhaust fan graces the rear.


There are no case feet to speak of as the bottom of the chassis is basically just a big flat platform like TV stand. Space has been allotted underneath to feed the hard drive fan intake vent and the power supply fan toward the rear.



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