Antec Mini Skeleton Reviewtacohunter52 - October 26, 2009
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Recently Mini ITX setups have been getting more popular among users. Products like Nvidia's ION have been making it easier for users to get their hands on these mini setups. These mini setups do however, come with a challenge. This challenge is finding a case small enough to fit your hardware. That's right! I said a case small enough. There's absolutely no point in purchasing a Mini ITX motherboard, and then shoving it in a mid or full tower case. Smaller Pico cases can be found across the internet, but they tend to be costly. Some users will go as far as to make the mini case themselves. Either way, the case is important.
What better way to keep your hardware from being out in the open, then putting your hardware out in the open? Apparently Antec feels that having your components open to the environment is the way to go. For this reason they manufactured the very popular Antec Skeleton case. Well Antec has done it again, only this time the case is smaller. The Antec Mini Skeleton is designed for Mini ITX systems. Just how well will this baby perform? Let's find out.
The Antec Mini Skeleton actually arrived in a cubic box. The front of the box used a black and yellow color scheme, and showed a sketch of what the case looks like. The back of the box showed Antecs logo, as well as a few of the case's specifications. The top of the box shows the top of the Skeleton. We can also see that when powered on, the top fan's blue LEDs will light up. The sides of the box show the Skeleton's sides.
The case itself came wrapped in plastic, and was securely wedged between two pieces of foam. Also packaged with the case were a user manual, and a box of extra goodies. The box of extra goodies weren't actually filled with extra accessories, but rather extra pieces of the case. These included two external 2.5" drive bays, as well as a PCI bracket. Also included was the power cable, some zipties, a Molex to Sata adapter, and a bag of screws.
Now that we've seen how it was packaged, let's take a closer look at the case itself!