Antec LanBoy Air Modular Blue Mid Tower Case ReviewTue, Sep 28, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts of the LanBoy Air
Antec has been known for great cases over the years, and the LanBoy Air is another in a long line. The case is well built, well thought out, and unlike most cases you can change it with a little time and a Phillips screw driver. The overall design of the LanBoy Air is very well thought out. In moving parts around I never had a situation arise that the holes didn’t line up or something didn’t fit.
The ability to rotate the 5.25″ drives is nice as well; there are users out there that prefer the drive point this way. The drive can also be covered with the drive bay access door on the side for the hidden effect. The new hard drive AirMount system is interesting, I like the shock absorbing aspect of it, but I am not too keen on the drive being able to slip up and down the length of the bungee.
With the ability to hold fifteen 120mm fans air flow shouldn’t be an issue for the LanBoy Air. The thing I have a hard time accepting is the positive pressure design blowing all the dust out of the case. I guess with 15 fans pushing 60+ CFM of air into the case then it would keep things stirred up enough that the dust can’t settle on the components. The kid in me wants to fill it with 15 screaming 4,000 RPM, 150CFM Delta fans running at full speed just to see the look on people’s face when I fire it up at a LAN.
Now, the LanBoy Air has a $219.95 price tag, and when I first heard the price I thought it was a bit high; that was before I used it. There are plenty of cases on the market that have the space inside to hold the parts I put in the LanBoy Air, but to do it involves a lot more tools and work than a couple of hours and a simple Philips head screw driver. The LanBoy Air is in the same price range of some pretty big gun cases like the Corsair Obsidian 700D and 800D, as well as the Cooler Master HAF-X. I have used all of the cases I just listed and the LanBoy Air is the only one I could move every part on the case to suit me. The only thing I could see that couldn’t be done was flipping the motherboard tray for right hand access rather than left hand access. It wouldn’t be hard to make it that way; just have to drill a couple more holes in the frame.
The Antec LanBoy Air is available for $219.95; for that price you get case that is very customizable and has room for the biggest hardware available at this time. If you want to customize a case but don’t have a lot of tools or the skill, then give the LanBoy Air a good look because you just need a little time and a screw driver. It will also be available in three colors: Red, Yellow and Blue.
Legit Bottom Line: The new Antec LanBoy Air is a highly customizable enthusiast chassis that pretty much anyone that can use a screwdriver can modify. The ease comes at a price, though, but for some $219.95 is a small price to pay for that ease.