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Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs just did a home recoding build with this 09/30/2013

This review is from: Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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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D-Link Xtreme N Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825) Wireless N600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs No problems, looks good 12/12/2008

This review is from: D-Link Xtreme N Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825) Wireless N600

Pros: My first router (wireless or other) setup ever, went very easily. I used the included CD-ROM, and it was up and running in 5 minutes. The web-based control panel seems easy to navigate. Note: if you are going to upgrade to the new firmware online, don't bother setting up admin and key passwords out of the box. The firmware update erased all that info and I had to start from scatch. I was able to reload the settings I'd saved though. Connected to Wii on other side of 1850 sqft house. Hope to get N spec laptop soon. Haven't used shareport yet. The included Network Magic program (trial) lets me share printers and USB HDs that are actually connected to the PC, which is more useful than only having one device only attached to the router itself.

Cons: Included LAN cable is blue, and the 4 LAN ports on the back are blue, but the included cable is 'supposed' to go into the gray port. Silly! The blue lights are very bright, I might stash the unit in a closet and use a .11g usb for the PC instead.

Other Thoughts: Only Wii use so far, but easy setup (again, manually download the firmware from dlink.com) and sufficient power.

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Christopher M.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher M.

Date Joined: 12/04/08

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 12/12/08
  • Last Review: 09/30/13
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