Thursday, September 8th 2011

Antec Announces SOLO II Enclosure

Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, announced today the SOLO II enclosure, which offers a new set of Quiet Computing and high performance features for enthusiasts and specialty users.

The SOLO II is smaller than a mid-tower but as expandable as larger, higher priced enclosures, making it a versatile case for home and corporate settings. With sturdy construction and elegant finishing, the SOLO II functions quietly and gracefully for whatever it houses.

When designing the SOLO II, Antec focused heavily on customer feedback, which cited ease of use, quiet hard drive mounting options and more expandability for high-end upgrades. Combining these features with the characteristics of the renowned Sonata line, Antec created a new enclosure that emphasizes a quiet PC experience and limitless customization.

Externally, the SOLO II is constructed with sturdy dual-layer 1.0 mm SECC / polycarbonate top & side panels that absorb noise for exceptional sound dampening. The front panel highlights Antec’s premier I/O lineup: 2 USB 3.0 ports with internal connector, 2 USB 2.0 ports and Audio In/Out.

To reduce vibration-related noise and maximize customization, the SOLO II offers a dual-mounting system for hard drives that gives the user the option of mounting HDDs using tray mounts with silicone grommets – compatible with 3.5” and 2.5” drives – or the tool-less suspension mounting system.

Aesthetically, the SOLO II sports an understated, elegant dual-layer anodized aluminum bezel with piano black top & side panels and a matte black interior. As a result of its design & layout, features and sharp appearance, the SOLO II not only serves well in a corporate or home office environment, but also works well as a discreet, stealthy gaming enclosure.

“We’re targeting enthusiasts and performance users, but SOLO II can definitely include gamers as well,” said Tak Niwa, Director of Business Unit for Cases at Antec. “SOLO II is a great case for gamers because it has plenty of space and features for a powerful GPU setup, but with its looks and quiet design, many mainstream users can enjoy it just as much.”



The SOLO II is now available for an estimated MSRP of 119,00 EURO through major retailers, e-tailers & distributors and is backed by an Antec's Quality 3 Year limited warranty on parts and labor.
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18 Comments on Antec Announces SOLO II Enclosure

#1
NC37
An Antec case with tool-less features...wow, never thought I'd see them do that.

Listing for gaming enclosure with classic top mounted PSU and no extra exhaust or intakes other than the front? Pass.
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#2
BrooksyX
Nice, the first Solo was my favorite case. This looks nice too.

This case is built very well and is very very quite. Heavy too..
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#3
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
PSU, why you no at bottom?
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#4
caleb
Placing the PSU at the bottom of the case is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.
Some want PC for gaming not a vacuum cleaner.
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#6
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: caleb
Placing the PSU at the bottom of the case is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.
Some want PC for gaming not a vacuum cleaner.
psu sucks in and puts it out. have you even seen a PSU?
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#7
caleb
Yeah put it below so it has better cooling from outside then choke it with a filter.
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#8
caleb
by: de.das.dude
psu sucks in and puts it out. have you even seen a PSU?
So does a vacuum cleaner have you ever seen one?
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: de.das.dude
psu sucks in and puts it out. have you even seen a PSU?
Not all dust comes out again mind you.
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#10
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
i give up. :/

why dont you guys just let your PSU choke on the hot air then.
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#11
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
Ok can we all unbunch our panties a bit?

Both top mounted and bottom mounted PSU installations have both Pro's and Con's. While I prefer a bottom mount, as I run a lot of hot components, my case sits atop a desk so the dust is less of an issue for those who have to set it on the floor.

On the other hand, top mounting is good if the inside case temps are already fine, and again you will get dust, but not as much as a bottom mounted one.

Neither way is correct, it's a preference issue to each individual setup. I didnt even get into side mounted ones in SFF that are installed to actually help cool the CPU by drawing off the heat from passive coolers!
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#12
Flanker
by: sneekypeet
Ok can we all unbunch our panties a bit?
I find this expression a little too amusing :roll:
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#13
phanbuey
What I want to know is why there is a mesh opening at the top where the PSU is... (you can see it on the box and the video at 0:28)...
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#14
ironwolf
No drive cages or anything in the front bottom to block a long video card = someone at Antec actually thinking. Kudos LOL.
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#15
jpierce55
by: phanbuey
What I want to know is why there is a mesh opening at the top where the PSU is... (you can see it on the box and the video at 0:28)...
mount the psu upside so it sucks in cool air from the outside
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#16
[H]@RD5TUFF
I would guess this is more for people who want a quiet / silent computer than a gaming case, as it lack a lot of cooling and looks plain as all get out.
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#17
Icejon
by: btarunr

The SOLO II is now available for an estimated MSRP of 119,00 EURO through major retailers, e-tailers & distributors and is backed by an Antec's Quality 3 Year limited warranty on parts and labor.
119 Euro is like $169.99 USD. Wow that is super expensive for a mini-mid tower. 1mm SECC steel and polycarbonate must really add up. This is more than you can buy a full tower for.
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#18
phanbuey
I used to have one of the original Solo cases and they actually used to cool very well... And very quietly. The quietness allowed for bigger fans in the case, and ultimately led to the same *percieved* cooling/DB as my old coolermaster centurion 5.
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