I'm glad to see that the Solo is still the best choice in the world of quiet computing. I disagree with some opinions about future updates...
Unless they change it to accommodate normal video cards (10.5") they shouldn't even bother.
10.5" isn't a normal video card - it is an oversized nvidia-style screaming and sizzling powerhog, which indicates an enthusiast-grade gaming gear. As such, it won't be mounted in a Solo, because gamers are lured by more flashy and airy cases.
That being said, new ATI cards are powerful, yet fit in a Solo. They are cool and efficient and you can fit in an HD5850 easily, if you need more gaming power than that... you'll buy a gaming case anyway
Maybe a bottom-mounted PSU would be a good idea as well, of course facing downwards with some ventilation.
How is a bottom mounted PSU advantageous?
a) it sucks in dust, so you need to have a filter. If you mount a filter, the obstruction will force the fan to ramp up. Also, the filter's close proximity creates turbulence noise. If you keep some distance between the filter and the PSU -you will need to make the case bigger. In every way - this is inferior to the current design.
b) in a Solo, a bottom mounted PSU will disrupt the otherwise perfect flow path
c) please don't mention the convection. If there's but one exhaust fan in a case - convection doesn't work!
d) removing the PSU from the top will rise the CPU temps - as evidenced by the users who built ducts to the front of the case.
One thing must be mentioned though - the horizontal brace should be removable (not riveted, but screwed in), to make it possible to remove the PSU without removing the motherboard.
- add USB 3.0 and e-SATA ports.
Agreed, and space them out a little. Currently it is often impossible to use two USB sticks at once. Firewire is obsoleted by USB3, move it to the back or get rid of it.
- fix up the faulty power switch that some people have reported on.
It is a simple fix - just make the button longer. It won't have to be pressed so deep and thus, will be less prone to breaking. I've done this to my Solo - I stuck a piece of plastic on the button. I need to press it in about 1mm and the computer starts.
- change the front fans to 120mm rather than 92mm.
I disagree. Two quality 92mm fans are extremely quiet. I use two Nexus RealSilent fans at 6V each (wired in parallel). They're inaudible and provide about as much air as a single Slipstream spinning at 800rpm while being quieter and covering a larger area. No need for improvement here.
- give it a more modern look.
After seeing the most recent Antec cases, I would rather urge them NOT
to change anything as far as looks are concerned.
Maybe a brushed matte paint, instead of scratch&dust-magnet gloss, but that's it for me