Quality - 10
Value - 9
Features - 8
Appearance - 8
Today I will be reviewing the Antec Sonata Mid Tower case. I was immediately impressed when I took the case out of the box. The sheer weight told me that this was a solidly built case. But the thing that took my breath away was the absolute beauty of the paint job. The fit and finish of this case is amazing. The Piano Black paint is buffed to a very high sheen (you can actually see your reflection). I tried to get a picture of this but it wasn’t to be. The pictures of it really don’t do it justice. It has the look and feel of an automotive quality paint job.
The packaging was also very good. A nicely made double strength corrugated cardboard with extra thick Styrofoam inserts. Antec certainly doesn’t want any problems from shipping companies and we all know how they can be.
Antec site specifications and see the table below.
As we can see from the specifications it has nearly all the amenities required by today’s users. These include 2 front USB ports, a Firewire port, and audio jacks (headphone and microphone). The TruePower 380 Watt PSU supplied with this case is a specially made one for quietness. It uses a single 80mm fan design instead of the normal 2-3 fan setup. Upon my inspection and comparison to some other Antec PSU’s I have, it does appear that they beefed up the fan blades some to move a little more heat and still remain quiet. The PSU that came with this case is also SATA ready and sports 2 available connectors.