Antec Sonata Elite ReviewGeekspeak411 - February 11, 2009
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When you open up the display box and slide the case out, you'll notice that it is protected by a cloth sack and wedged in between two foam blocks. The sack later proved to be quite useful as a fingerprint rag and as a workbench cover as well.
Once the case's pretty standard protective layering is removed, you can finally see what this case is all about; the Sonata Elite is a very sleek, professional-looking Mid-Tower that really looks like it means business. The case brings back the locking feature for the front panel door, keeping the power button and the drive bays hidden and locked up if you so choose. There is also a loop on the side panel that allows you to attach your own padlock to keep the inner components of your baby safe. The Sonata Elite sticks with black color tones and keeps a very simplistic yet tasteful design with nothing but the I/O panel showing on the front when the drive bay door is closed. The trend continues on the side, where instead of putting in a side fan or otherwise diminishing the sleek unobstructed look of the case, Antec uniquely solves the problem by putting in a 120mm blower-style fan that sits next to any installed video cards and sucks the heat out, shooting it behind the case. The only thing seen on the sides is the passive air intake on one side.
I am really excited to see what the experienced craftsmen at Antec put inside the Sonata Elite, so on to the Working Components!