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Antec Sonata Proto Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's old. But it still works. I own one and run a mid range build out Of it and can safely say it can hold a high end buildPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have three full tower Antec cases, and one original Sonata case. I always liked the Sonata case, particularly for the size, and quietness, so I bought this one for my latest... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Indo
Very nice but Antec has lost their minds and quit making all their good cases so I was forced to use this one until I could find a replacement for the NSK4482. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RTG&T
Very good case, Well built, easy tool less (Kind of) you still need a screw driver to install hard drive and mother board. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Smart
I have built into several of these and all have worked well. It is a Sonata III case w/o the power supply.Published 6 months ago by robroy
I have purchased 6 of these cases over the last 6 years and ALL is well. I bought the <front panel update USB3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
All time favorite case. Great solution for system builders. Only 1 complaint which keeps it from being the perfect case. The drive bays are stap in trays. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NTI
This is my second Antec case. My Sonata I has been in place for years, so I bought the Sonata III to build a new computer. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Completely satisfied. Love the larger fan and increased power pack.Published 12 months ago by M West