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    Default Antec case review...critical.

    I was looking for a new case to downsize.

    Currently have a retired coolermaster centurion, my 1st proper case.

    Then I got a superb gigabyte aurora, but it was a little large.

    So I got...

    Antec sonata 3.

    POS!!

    Going back.

    1st impressions great....nice thick glossy packing, good foams.

    Pulled the thing out, nasty cheap flimsy plastic door, doesn't close properly.

    Crap manual, no diagrams, just poor text, few instructions, 2 out of 10 for that.

    No markings on the base inside to say which standoffs go where, like even the basic coolermaster.

    This is a $140 case with integral psu.

    Consruction?

    Reasonable paintwork.

    Chassis is thin, doens't feel substantial.

    So what's the famous quiet computing with this case?

    4 grommits on each hard drive case, that's all. period, eternal.

    what a pile of kak.

    then I tried to put the opticals in.

    struggled for 1/2 an hour, couldn't do it, had enough, its going back.

    Goto do better antec, 3 tries at this case now.

    unforgivable, if you are watching this, you should be ashamed.

    my coolermaster is far superior at half the price.

    not buying antec again.

    get a coolermaster, much much better, a joy to build with.

    apart from the psu which I know is dirt cheap, I would value this case at half the retail of the CM for quality.

    Its dreadful

    3 times antec, totally unforgivable.

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    Sorry man, Sonata 3 is a very good case. Indeed lack of instructions is a pain in the a**, but all we have brain and all we have to do is to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    4 grommits on each hard drive case, that's all. period, eternal.
    What did you want? Antistatic foam gingerly wrapping each hard drive while silicone bands suspend them in midair so they make no contact with anything else? Why not top them with a crunchy frog?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    then I tried to put the opticals in.

    struggled for 1/2 an hour, couldn't do it, had enough, its going back.
    As Wolf said in Star Fox 64, "What the heck?!?" Seriously man, it's not that hard. In fact, it's very easy. Screw the rails to the drive, slide the drive in (at this point, you might want to plug them in)

    It sounds like you wanted something that puts itself together for you. Doable. But not for computer cases, at least not yet. Until then, you'll have to be willing to do a little work yourself.

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    ok, the manual doesn't tell you to screw the rails in

    I have seen better cases for $60.

    To tout quiet computing so strongly and its only a few grommits. for the hard sell I expect more.

    And the front door is dreadful.

    Those are the criticisms, its not a good case, my coolermaster is a joy to install, built better at half the price.

    If there's anything I am critical of, its hard sell that doesn't deliver.

    They have had 3 goes, I expect it to work 1st time out of the box, if it doens't do that, its no good.

    As long as it does what it says on the tin, I am happy.

    I had no anti antec bias, but I do now, long live coolermaster, only way antec will win me back is a free or discounted p190 and then I may sing their praises.

    Its not a cheap case, I expect better for that.

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    Simply looking at the rails, it is rather obvious that they get screwed on to the drive. They have holes, and said holes are the same distance from each other as the mounting holes on the drives are.

    You keep complaining about the grommets as well. A key to reducing noise (which is what the case is billed to do), is reducing vibration. Those grommets isolate the drives from the sheet metal of the chassis, reducing vibration. Same thing the optical drive rails do. I'm sure if you wanted a more complicated system, that you could get one, but why make things more complicated? They work, and I'm a big fan of the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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    That is a VERY well engineered case - and any competant PC builder shouldn't need a manual, especially to tell where to put stand offs. Methinks you don't know quality so much.

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    on the contrary, my reasons for slating it where listed.

    the coolermaster was far better build quality, it wasn't one issue, was a a good few.

    you could say that about vista, any good person, however, how many products out there, sadly its growing, expect you to buy something and use it without supplying a user manual/guide.

    I don't know why computers should be any different.

    its cos the designers

    can't understand there are novices
    they assume all have fairly hi tech level
    can't be arsed writing a manual
    can't write
    can't design things logically
    can't talk in plain english

    ad. inf.

    if you are right, and that it quality, I shudder to think what isn't.

    seems like I touched a raw nerve.

    I am now sorted with probably one of the best cases out there...gigabyte aurora, nearly peerless, few issues but can't imagine much better, to beat would be perfection.

    I am about to fit castors to it, a la akasa/ycc quite easy really, all should.

    I had the akasa, I rate the gigabyte better, not quite as thick metal, but overall ease of use and ownership satisfaction is better

    i moaned that much about the grommits, as I was expecting some mega advanced technology all around in design, airflow, due to the hard sell, and when I found all it was, was a few washers, I was rather pissed.

    if you think quality is a nasty plastic front door and quiet computing is a few silicon grommets, then I don't think a lot of your judgement of it....I am the son of an english gentleman, quite literally

    end of moan....

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    I'd put the Silverstone TJ-07 over the Gigabyte Aurora. It's big and doesn't use thin aluminum so it's heavy. But for an expensive ass case, it's bad ass. It's definitely not a case for everyone though, due to it's massive size. It made my Lian-Li PC60 look tiny in comparison.

    Speaking of Lian-Li... Pretty much any Lian-Li would probably be better than the Aurora too, as almost all of them ARE perfect.

    I had a Sonata once, it was ok. Probably is over priced. It's being used, I forget which machine though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianm2 View Post
    I was looking for a new case to downsize.

    Currently have a retired coolermaster centurion, my 1st proper case.

    Then I got a superb gigabyte aurora, but it was a little large.

    So I got...

    Antec sonata 3.

    POS!!

    Going back.

    1st impressions great....nice thick glossy packing, good foams.

    Pulled the thing out, nasty cheap flimsy plastic door, doesn't close properly.

    Crap manual, no diagrams, just poor text, few instructions, 2 out of 10 for that.

    No markings on the base inside to say which standoffs go where, like even the basic coolermaster.

    This is a $140 case with integral psu.

    Consruction?

    Reasonable paintwork.

    Chassis is thin, doens't feel substantial.

    So what's the famous quiet computing with this case?

    4 grommits on each hard drive case, that's all. period, eternal.

    what a pile of kak.

    then I tried to put the opticals in.

    struggled for 1/2 an hour, couldn't do it, had enough, its going back.

    Goto do better antec, 3 tries at this case now.

    unforgivable, if you are watching this, you should be ashamed.

    my coolermaster is far superior at half the price.

    not buying antec again.

    get a coolermaster, much much better, a joy to build with.

    apart from the psu which I know is dirt cheap, I would value this case at half the retail of the CM for quality.

    Its dreadful

    3 times antec, totally unforgivable.
    I came close to buying a Sonata case but I realized -- just by looking at pics -- that it's not good enough for me. Instead, I bought a Cooler Master Wave Master (black) 4 years ago and comparing other cases... well, the Wave kicks their sorry asses. I only wish it had a 120mm fan up front, but I can live with the 2 x 80mm's. My only other gripe is there's no fan filters, plus I smoke, so my components get covered in horrible sticky crap, so I guess it's about time I bought some filters. The fans should be replaced anyway, even though they have run great from the first day, I'm about to swap 'em out for Nexus models.

    Cooler Master rule, though.

    I recently built a system for a friend using a Lian Li PC60B. Nice case, but the sides are very flimsy and the case is quite noisy. Wave Master won again. On the other hand, the Wave cost twice as much, so this is no surprise. I do like Lian Li stuff. Very nice. Just wish the sides felt a little more substantial.
    i5 750 system currently being constructed...

    That's why my sig sucks.

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