To me, the Antec 200 is exactly a 300 with a new front bezel. $59? Heck its the same price as the 300 too. Quick... everyone rush out to buy the remaining Solo's and stock them in your basements....!
Quick, everybody! Last chance! Get the classics before you can't get them anymore! Before ugliness reigns supreme in new generation!
I can see Solos and P182s getting cleared out all around the world right now
. Maybe that's
their ploy. Make some uglified products to create urgency in consumers for older products in order to prop up lagging sales in tough economic times?
As for the colors- black is to computers now as silver is to cars, and concrete & glass is to highrise buildings.... its just so common we now have to get used to it. Its amazing to look back at pictures of parking lots from say 10-15 years ago and see what kinds of colors were around then- hot red and bright yellow were the norm- now those are only found on the elite supercars
Black, grey and silver colourschemes for computers and home equipment I can accept and live with peaceably. Getting boring and depressing, but it does the ubiquitous job they are required to. But dark colourschemes in cars I find troubling, primarily for the aspect of safety
. Put a dark grey or silver coloured vehicle in an industrial zone (or any stretch of road for that matter) on a dark cloudy day and it "camouflages" with its environment. Very unsafe in my opinion and also that of many motoring advisory bodies, at least in Australia. One of the major motoring bodies here even suggest compulsory daylight beams be fitted and used during the day by motorists to avoid visibility problems that might lead to unnecessary crashes. Some research I read some time ago found that black and grey cars caused the most number of accidents (in their study). Boring white was the safest, as would be expected. So there definitely is a correlation between colour and safety. Also, for people with poorer eyesight, it is harder to spot your car amongst all the other silver and grey cars in the carpark. For these reasons, I avoid buying a black, grey and silver coloured car. As you said, it is so common now that car designers and sellers don't care; it's all about what sells, and in the last decade or so, it's monotone grey and silver
One of the reasons why monotone sells well and receives few complaints is that many motorists would feel embarassed by driving a brightly coloured vehicle. They might receive some snickers and snide remarks, even road rage from other motorists at the traffic lights by driving a fruity or crayon colourschemed car. Driving a monotone car allows people to hide themselves
amongst one another and not draw too much attention to themselves by doing so.
I'm not asking for crayola coloured cars to become the norm, but a wider range of more visible colours would be better and safer for all road users concerned.