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Antec Sonata Proto Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

4.2 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
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  • 9Drive bays and 7 expansion slots
  • washable removable intake air filter
  • switch controlled 120mm rear TwoCool fan
  • HD Audio connectors
  • Front I/O Panel: 2x USB 2.0 ports; 1x Speaker; 1x Mic Power Supply: None RoHS Compliant
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Product Description

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Affordable Quiet Computing

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Antec
Item model number SONATA PROTO
Operating System N/A
Item Weight 19.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 18.5 x 8.1 x 16.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 18.5 x 8.1 x 16.7 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B003EKT9NM
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4.2 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #419 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Computer Cases
Shipping Weight 19.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 19, 2010

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By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 14, 2010
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I bought this case for a Core i7 build after perusing about fifty others at Fry's and Microcenter. As of early 2010, it was one of the few with clean aesthetics and a noise-concealing design for under $100. My point of reference is Antec's Solo, a heavier and more expensive case that eclipsed the original Sonata as Antec's preferred enclosure for silent-PC enthusiasts.

IMPRESSIONS:

First impressions are typical Antec. The Proto is steel and slightly heavier than most cases in the size range, though the build feels only about 7/10 of the Solo. There four removable drive caddies perpendicular to the long axis of the case. Silicon vibration-reducing grommets are preinstalled on the caddies, with the same silicon on the case feet. PCI slot covers are steel with screws. The rear fan is a two-speed 120mm, similar to the three-speed on the Solo in volume in cooling capacity. That's to say, lots of cooling at a particular voltage and not quite silence even at the lowest setting. Also like the Solo, the power supply is mounted high in the traditional location instead of the modern trend to put it on the case floor.

A few negatives: There isn't any noise dampening material on the one removable panel. While this was mostly an affectation on the Solo, it's still missed. Both cases have a rear fan powered by a molex connector and a physical speed switch. Antec should have moved to 3-pin or 4-pin PWM control long ago. The Proto also has a long fan filter that slides upward from the bottom of the case near the front panel and snaps into place. The plastic tabs that hold it in snap off easily. This is the only obvious area of poor build quality.

Other cases in the price range have plastic quick-access PCI slot covers instead of steel and flimsy plastic drive caddies.
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This case is nice and sleek, had good access to ports and is quiet on the low or medium setting, but a bit loud on high. It would be nice to adjust the fan speed from the exterior (it is on about an 8in cable inside the case and would take some work to get it on the outside). I haven't had any the static problems that others reported (had it since beginning of Feb '10). The case is a nice black piano finish everywhere except the front, which is black plastic. The front panel is nice and opens wide (I have a 2 yr old, and a 9 month old who is starting to walk and it keeps them out of the optical drives/card reader I have installed). I didn't have any cuts from the metal from the initial install or when adding all the extra hard drives and re-routing cables, but there are a few sharp edges, so be mindful. Also, one of the rubber feel fell off when I was sliding it back into my desk, but it caught on an edge (it went right back on and have had no problems since, but it's only glued on not screwed).

The internals are nice too. The front panel cables are long enough to reach near the back if your motherboard has connections toward the rear. The motherboard installed easily, and the power supply has plenty of power connectors (see Antec's web site for specifics). I don't think it will work with dual video cards though. I have 2 optical drives, card reader and 3 hd (going to ad a 4th soon) and the power supply still has extras if I need it. The hard drives have rubber gromets that isolate them. There are a few areas that allow you to tuck away the extra cables to keep the case clean. There's not a cable management system, but it was easy to zip tie where I wanted to to keep things clean and organized.
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There is a very big and annoying problem with this product. It does not adequately discharge static electricity. If it has been running for a while and you, or your pet, brushes up against the metalic insert on the front of the panel, you can discharge your energy and crash the system. This happens all the time for me when inserting a USB drive. Antec is aware of the problem, here is their response:

Comment: 1. We are working on this problem with a high priority, and have already tested multiple proposed fixes. Unfortunately, the problem is turning out to be more difficult than anticipated. The case is currently being tested in a special ESD lab.
2. The metallicized plastic IS grounded. That fact is one of the reasons this problem is proving so difficult to pin down.
3. We cannot refund monies that were not paid to us, but if a customer needs help returning product to a distributor we can usually help arrange that if the distributor is being uncooperative.
4. We actually expect an answer fairly soon, and as soon as we can we will be making it available to customers encountering this problem. We definitely apologize for the inconvenience, but Antec is well known for the quality of its customer service and for the way we stand behind our products.

UPDATE 3/17/08: As an update, Antec has come up with a solution. they have replaced the front silver metallic panel with a flat piano black panel. I have yet to see if this will fix the problem, but I think that bodes well to their commitment to fixing the issue.
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