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Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Audio In/Out Front Ports
  • 1 rear 120 mm TrueQuiet fan with preinstalled silicone grommets and 2-speed switch
  • 2 front 120 mm fan mounts (op
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Learn more about the Antec SOLO II

Model

Brand
Antec
Series
Sonata Series
Model
SOLO II

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Dual-layer 1.0 mm SECC / polycarbonate top & side panels
Anodized aluminum front bezel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
3 x 3.5" / 2.5" using tray mounts with preinstalled silicone grommets OR
2 x 3.5" with suspension mount cables
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1 x internal 2.5" (dedicated)
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Audio In/Out

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 rear 120 mm TrueQuiet fan with preinstalled silicone grommets and 2-speed switch
2 front 120 mm fan mounts (optional)

Physical Spec

Dimensions
18.5" x 8.1" x 17.3"
Weight
20.2 lbs

Features

Features
Front-accessible flip-down drive cage

Removable PSU support beam

Top vent with fine mesh for optimal PSU air intake

Removable, washable front fan filters

Maximum graphics card size: 15.0" / 381 mm

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Richard M.
  • 5/7/2014 10:19:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Front loading for 3 HD's 3.5/2.5 rubber mounted, two 5.25 drive bays, Power supply on top. Two optional 120mm fan at front with filters, wire management space behind mainboard and next to drive bay. No sharp case edges, complete with mounting hardware. Front 3.0 USB with audio. Nice glossy black finish.

Cons: Two speed 3pin 120mm fan in rear with micro switch in the back. Side mounted "special" SSD mount. Looks fine until you try to wire to it, couldn't daisy chain SATA power to it, power supply wires to short. Had to run another cable to power it and have multiple extra plugs doing nothing. CD/DVD bay slightly wider than standard, 2mm gap on both sides of DVD drive makes it look odd. reduced it with a few layers of black tape stuck to DVD drive.

Other Thoughts: Monster space for massively long video cards . Removing the two speed fan for PWM, Fixed DVD with black tape. Moved SSD drive to regular drive bay to reduce unnecessary wiring. Over all it has the right features in the front of the case and looks nice. Minor flaws.

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  • Wilfred J.
  • 2/4/2014 2:27:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest case yet

Pros: This is a high quality sturdy case that will last through many X-Form- Factor upgrades. The computer is so quiet from the sound deadening, that I have to look at the blue power light to make sure it is even running. I would recommend this case to anyone!

Cons: I have absolutely NO complaints with the case!

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  • William K.
  • 1/8/2014 5:27:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsContinues to be great

Pros: Size - a true mid-tower with support for current motherboards.
This is my 3rd Solo II and Antec continues to deliver a high quality product.

Cons: No cons, other manufacturers should look at this case

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  • David H.
  • 11/1/2013 11:31:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: This is a well built case. Installation of the components was easy, cable routing was pleasant. Airflow in the cabinet is good. I like the style - black, not garish.

Cons: Heavy. I suppose that's what you get with a well-built case.

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5 out of 5 eggsjust did a home recoding build with this

Pros: quick release panel
elastic suspension mounts for bare drives
top-mounted PSU location with vents directly above PSU-perfect for fanless PSU.
Great customer service - see comments

Cons: heavy, but that helps keep it quiet I guess.
Not a lot of cables for me, so I didn't notice the cable management issues

Other Thoughts: Just putting this here in case anyone is thinking of doing a a build.

I got mine open-box from a local place for $51. It was missing the rails you attach to optical drives to get them to latch into the chassis. I called Antec support after I couldn't find the rails on their accessories/parts site. Talked right away to an American, and he said they would send me 4 rails in the mail for free since the product was a new purchase from the retailer. I got those about a week later. Great!

This case WILL hold a xigmatek GAIA if you were thinking about it. 1/8 or 3/16" maybe to spare.

The top vents are perfect for fanless PSUs.
My build:
Rosewill SilentNight 500 fanless PSU
i5 4670k - onboard GPU, no card.
Asus z87-A
GAIA heatsink
Pro 840 256 SSD
Win 8
Corsair 1600 (2x8GB)

Just the SSD up front, nothing else. Gaia cpu fan pulls air in, from front, across corsair fins, through sink and then the case's stock fan are exhaust on the back. 2 fans, no noise, and idling at 28 celsius. Haven't run load yet, but ASUS is set to run fans and CPU dynamically.

Very weird to have no noise when computing.

Considering no optical, HDD, or GPU, this case is probably way bigger than I need, but there's room for expansion, and it will keep things cool and quiet.

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  • Gordon I.
  • 8/24/2013 12:31:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat 'Sleeper' Case

Pros: Extremely well built. Great size, a true mid tower. Perfect to build a monster that looks like a sleeper.

Cons: Pricey, but got this at a local B&M for 60 clams. Fingerprint magnet. Front bezel is hard to clean (took an egg off for this). Clean cable management is tricky, but possible.

Other Thoughts: I fitted the 2 front fan bays with Antec truequiet 120s, and the rear with an Enermax magma. Lots of airflow, low noise. This case keeps the CPU and video card fan noise to a minimum. Installed an FX 8350, Asus EVO 2 MB, 16GB DDR3 ram, HX750, 9800GT, SB Audigy, SDD, 2 hard drives and a DVD burner. Stock cooler on CPU and video card. Temps are fine, noise level is low.

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  • David S.
  • 7/14/2013 9:23:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove this case A+A+

Pros: Awesome case plenty of room for building a Gamer or a CAD/CAM system, solidly built, beautiful black look.

Cons: No external 3.5" bay for card readers.

Other Thoughts: Would purchase again.

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  • Steve H.
  • 7/9/2013 12:17:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice and quiet general-purpose case

Pros: For general-purpose use, this is a great case. It is just the size I wanted: big enough to take a full ATX motherboard, but not much bigger than that.

Many cases designed for quiet have a door that covers all optical drives, so you have to open a big door before inserting or removing a disc. This case has two 5.25" bays exposed, yet the system is still quiet. IMHO this is the perfect compromise between convenience and quiet.

It's a good-looking case, with a piano black finish. The power LED is a cool blue glow around the power button. (I have used some computers that have a really bright blue power LED that lights up the whole room... subdued is better here.)

It has a top-mounted power supply. I prefer this so that the power supply fan can help vent hot air out of the case, so I install the power supply with the fan intake pointed down into the case. But if you mount the power supply the other way, there is a fine mesh grille, so the power supply will still be able to pull in air.

It's big enough inside that it's easy to reach in and work on the computer, and there aren't any exposed sharp metal edges to cut you. The side panel has two captive thumbscrews, so you don't need tools to get into the case and you can't lose the thumbscrews.

Cons: I tried an Asus HD 7950 video card, which takes up three card slot widths, to see how it would fit. There is room on the motherboard to plug in another one next to it, but this case is too small (by only one card width!), so with this case you can't use two HD 7950 cards for SLI gaming. If you are using a video card that is only two slots wide, you should be able to use two.

With three drive bays plus a spot to mount a 2.5" drive, this doesn't have enough storage capacity for extreme storage needs. Don't use this to build a giant file server.

I guess the case is a little bit heavy (it's a sturdy steel case) so it's not optimal for a computer you will move around a lot.

If you put the computer on carpet and then try to slide it around, the little silicone "feet" may come off. This happened to me. I'm considering just removing all four of the feet since the computer will always be on carpet.

You know it's a good case if these are the worst complaints I have about it. It's a good case.

Other Thoughts: I just built a computer for my wife using one of these, and now I want to build another one for myself. In case you are interested, here is the parts list:

Antec Solo II case
AMD FX-8350 processor (8 cores, 4 GHz)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard
Seasonic X650 Gold power supply
Asus HD 6450 video card
Samsung 500 GB SSD MZ-7TD500BW

16 GB of Crucial brand ECC RAM

Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev.2 heatsink/fan for the processor

The Freezer XTREME heatsink has a 120mm fan, and with the Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard, this fan is lined up with the case fan of the Solo II. Of course I made sure the heatsink fan was blowing toward the case fan, so warm air from the processor goes smoothly out the case.

My wife isn't a gamer, and the HD 6450 card has plenty of power for desktop effects, yet it has a passive heatsink only, so adds no fan noise.

The motherboard has a USB 3.0 connector so it was easy to hookup the front panel USB ports. The whole hookup was easy.

The computer is very, very quiet, yet fast and smooth. Now I really want one for myself.

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  • Jordan A.
  • 4/2/2013 6:34:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSturdy, Quiet Case

Pros: * Quiet Baby
* Sturdy / Solid
* Good room for cables, drives, everything.
* Air filters

Cons: * The front case doesn't just pop off easily without rigging. Takes a little while to pop side off then front.
* Only reason that's a problem is because the filter is there and gets dirty easy. I clean every couple weeks.
* Price is a little steep.

Other Thoughts: * I own one, and now two of my friends also own 1 each. Had them for over a year.
* Better than the Storm Scout I have in many ways, but no handle.

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  • JOHN R.
  • 3/31/2013 9:25:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Case

Pros: Beautiful looking case.
Perfect drive options for basic server or high-end workstation.
Quiet.
Overall dimensions are more in line with traditional mid tower cases. It is not embarrassingly huge like a lot of the gaming style cases out there today.
Filters are easy to clean.
Mesh on top is a fine grill and sturdy... no screws can fall through.
flush-mounted front-of-case usb ports with ample spacing around them.

Cons: Not as easy to work with as some of the huge gaming cases, but it is a breeze to work with as compared to other normal sized mid-towers.
Only 2 drives can be bungee suspended in the 3.5 bay area.
5.25 rails are not tool-less.

Other Thoughts: I've been building computers for over 20 years, and this is the most beautifully finished case I have ever seen. If you like having a professional look, this is the one. The pictures don't do it justice. The photo on the box gives a good idea of the outer finish.

The gap around the CD drive is a little larger than I would prefer, but it is necessary because the hinged front panel must swing around it.

I don't do a lot of reviews, but this case definitely deserves a boost. I wish more people would try it.

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