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The LanBoy Air earned the Benchmark Reviews’ 8. 8 / 10 rating and “Silver Tachometer” award!
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The LanBoy Air earned the Benchmark Reviews’ 8.8 / 10 rating and “Silver Tachometer” award!

Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Case Review
Benchmark Reviews, Olin Coles

“As we talked about before, the Lanboy Air truly shines in cooling performance. It mimics the properties of an open-air test bench, while still providing the ease of movement of an entirely enclosed case. The Lanboy Air certainly isn't a quiet case, especially with the fans turned up, but that's not really the point of this open-frame design. The Lanboy Air has great cooling features, but lacks fan filters like many enthusiast cases tout. This can make it difficult to keep a perforated and mesh case such as this clean. Luckily, almost every part of this case is removable, so it can be cleaned that way.

While the Lanboy Air is great at moving air across a system's components and keeping them cool, it lacks somewhat in the appearance department. This, of course, is my opinion, and everyone will have their own on this matter. The mesh design just doesn't move me. While many of the cases features make me say, "WOW", the few LEDs on the fans don't make up in appearance for the lack of a see-through side panel or cool designs on the Lanboy Air. The appearance of the Lanboy Air may not be spectacular, but that's not the point of the case. The point is airflow, and the Lanboy Air does that very well.

The Lanboy Air is very solidly constructed of meshed metal and plastic. The case is a little heavy, but not too much so. A nice construction feature is the two top handles that make moving the Lanboy Air easy and trouble-free. Much of the Lanboy Air is tool-free, such as the side panels, the PSU cage, and the HDD bays, but not all of it is. You will still need a screwdriver to install the motherboard and optical drives. The Lanboy Air sits about half an inch off the ground, giving good enough clearance for air flow if it is sitting on a desk or a bare floor. A carpet could cause air constriction around the PSU, but it shouldn't be too much of an issue.

For the purpose of airflow and cooling, the Lanboy Air is one of the most functional cases I have had the pleasure to work with. Antec didn't make the Lanboy Air to be silent, and so it isn't. Another great function of the Lanboy Air has to be portability. With the two top handles, the 20 lbs isn't too overwhelming (about 32 or so with my complete system installed). The Lanboy Air is a great companion for an enthusiast or overclocker who wants testbench style airflow but the complete system portability of an actually computer chassis.

Antec's Lanboy Air can be had for $189.99 at NewEgg (Available in Red, Yellow, Blue). That's a little expensive for a computer case, but not terribly so for the features found within the Lanboy Air. For a mid-tower case with five 120mm fans, top handles, an external USB 3.0 port, and extreme airflow, the Lanboy Air offers a lot for the price. So while I can't give the Lanboy Air top marks for value, just because the $189.99 price point will keep this case out of the hands of all but the enthusiast or gaming market. That market, however, will find a lot to like in the open-air Lanboy Air case.

At the end of the day, the Antec Lanboy Air will provide an extreme gamer or enthusiast will find a lot to like in the Lanboy Air. If your likes are flashy looks or silent cases, you'll want to look somewhere else for a computer chassis. But if you need a lot of airflow and, high-powered fans, and portability, the Lanboy Air would be a great place to house your PC.”

Pros:
+ Five 120mm Fans
+ Meshed and Perforated for Great Airflow
+ Bottom Mounted PSU
+ Top Handles
+ Cool New Airmount HDD Mounting System
+ Two SDD Slots on Bottom
+ Cool Hardware Tray

Cons:
- Pretty Noisy
- Motherboard Tray CPU Cooler Hole doesn't fit all Motherboards

Ratings:

Performance: 9.50
Appearance: 8.25
Construction: 9.00
Functionality: 9.25
Value: 8.00

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10

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