Legit Case Reviews
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC Case Review
|Date:||Mon, Jul 26, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
DF-85 External Impressions
At first look the DF-85 just looks like a Twelve Hundred with a face lift. Looks can be deceiving as we will see. The look of the DF-85 is different than any of the previous cases I have seen from Antec. The styling is not as sleek as designs I have seen from them in the past. This has a more industrial design and I think they did a nice job with it. The case is all black and sports red LED fans, another change up from previous cases.
Starting at the top of the case we can see the top mounted 2.5” hot swap bay and twin 140mm TwoCool fans. This is also a change from previous case designs that used the single 200mm big boy fan.
The top front center edge is the opening for the2.5” bay, just below is the front I/O ports consisting of three USB2.0 ports, and a single USB3.0 ports. To the right of those are the audio ports. In the corners are the power and reset button. The buttons are recessed into the bezel slightly so hitting them on accident will be hard. Some may not like the fact there is no eSATA port
There are three external 5.25” bays. Each of the bays have a door that swings out of the way to gain access to the bay. I dislike doors like this. I access the optical drive a lot so opening and closing the door all the time is annoying. So the first thing I did was look at how to remove the door. It snaps on to a hinge and can be popped off, the hinge can’t be removed though.
Now for one of the newest features from Antec the Fleet Release system. Each of the three bay doors hold a 120mm TwoCool red LED fan. Each fan can have its speed adjusted with a speed control knob that is located in the lower right of each of the doors.
Next Page - External Impressions Contiuned
Page 1 - Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower
Page 2 - Antec DF-85 Retail Packaging
Page 3 - DF-85 External Impressions
Page 4 - External Impressions Contiuned
Page 5 - Moving inside the DF-85
Page 6 - Installing parts into the DF-85
Page 7 - Antec DF-85 Final Thoughts