Antec LanBoy Air Modular Blue Mid Tower Case ReviewTue, Sep 28, 2010 - 12:00 AM
External Impressions of the Antec LanBoy Air
The front bezel for the LanBoy Air is similar to that of Antec’s Dark Fleet DF-85. It has an industrial feel to it. It is not as sleek as Antec’s Performance series but this is aimed as those with a whole other taste in cases. At the top are the front I/O ports, the three 5.25” bays, two 120mm variable speed fans and, finally, the parts storage box at the very bottom. Each of the fan’s speed is controlled by its own speed control knob located in the lower right of each of the fan housings.
Looking closer at the front panel we can see the front I/O connections. From left to right: Reset Switch, Activity LEDS, USB2.0, Mic, USB2.0, Headphone, and USB3.0.
The better part of the LanBoy Air is metal mesh. Despite this, the LanBoy Air weighs in at 20.3lbs (9.2kg). The bulk of this weight is from the LanBoy Air’s steel square tube frame. With the ability to hold eight hard drives, three 5.25” devices and up to fifteen fans the LanBoy Air needs a strong frame and the tubing does just that. The thick wall of the tubing also allows for holes to be tapped into it, allowing the modular flexibility of the LanBoy Air.
The side panels are split. The drive bay areas can be accessed via door. The door is held shut with a single thumb screw. The back half of the side panel is held on with 6 thumb screws.
The top of the LanBoy Air has space for two 120mm fans or a 2x120mm radiator. It also has two carry handles.
The top is made from a translucent smoke plastic.
The Handles swing up when you need them too, and to keep them from flopping around in transit they have small locking tabs that click into the top.
Moving around to the back we can see the default configuration for the Lanboy Air. I say default because you can rearrange it if you like; more on this in a moment.
At the top is the rear 120mm fan; just above it is a small slot. This slot is for running fan wires to external fans that you might have on a top mounted radiator. I found that the slot is also big enough to run the USB3 cable through as well. Below the fan is the high/low speed control switch for the fan.
The LanBoy air has eight expansion slots; each of the slot covers is vented. One of the slot covers is for running the USB3 cable through. Unfortunately, this cover is chrome plated. It would have looked nicer if it were black like the rest of the expansion slot covers.
At the very bottom is the stock location for the power supply cage.
The right side is pretty much identical, looks-wise, to the left. The only real difference is the back half of the side panel cannot accommodate fans; this space is occupied by system wiring routed behind the motherboard tray.
The bottom of the LanBoy air is mostly mesh vent. There are six rubber case feet; they are approximately 3/4” tall.