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Antec Releases One-of-a-Kind Open-Air Chassis: The LanBoy Air

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  1. btarunr

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    Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the LanBoy Air: Antec's state-of-the art, fully-modular chassis designed to provide extensive customizability and flexibility to high-performance PC gamers, modders and workstation users.

    The LanBoy Air sports unprecedented top-to-bottom mesh construction for extensive air ventilation and includes five 120 mm fans (two front-adjustable speed 120 mm blue LED fans and three 120 mm TwoCool two-speed blue LED fans) with space to mount up to 15 total fans. The fans are positioned to create positive air pressure, bringing cool air in and around hard drives and graphics cards, and expelling hot air and dust through the chassis' perforated panels.

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    The LanBoy Air has an entirely reconfigurable interior with 11 total drive bays (including nine modular bays to accommodate six internal 3.5" drives and three external 5.25" drives). The 3.5" drives can also take advantage of Antec's exclusive AirMount suspension mounting system, which suspends hard drives in the drive bays, reducing vibration and increasing ease of use. Additionally, the 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays can be easily configured in three horizontal orientations: facing the front, right or left to accommodate users' desired chassis arrangements. This chassis also comes with two internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive bays.

    The chassis' motherboard tray comes complete with a CPU cut-out and the power supply unit (PSU) mount is situated on the bottom of the chassis. In addition, both the motherboard tray and PSU mount slide out for easy installation and can be repositioned for increased customization -- meeting the exacting demands of end users as well as system builders.

    The LanBoy Air has space to fit graphics cards 15" and over and also features two rugged carrying handles for easy transport while at LAN parties, eight expansion slots, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0 port) and a convenient bottom-installed tool box for hardware and screw storage.

    "Antec's Skeleton was universally lauded as the most innovative chassis ever. The LanBoy Air builds on the Skeleton's open-air frame design, combining it with a familiar form factor and fully modular construction," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "This chassis offers our most avid users the platform they need to push the limits of what they imagined possible in high-performance system design."

    Among its accolades, the LanBoy Air was awarded the prestigious COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Design & Innovation prize for excellence in design quality in the "Components and Parts" category earlier this year.



    The LanBoy Air is available now for an estimated price of $219.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors and is backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year (AQ3) Limited Warranty on parts and labor.

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  2. btarunr

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    Watch the video before passing comments.
     
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    Slide out is nothing new I had a Pentium II ADAX Case with that (full steel body even).
    As a Lan boy Id be worried about rain and coca cola while I carry my super closed open case over to a lan.
    "most innovative chassis ever" ?!
    Cool HDD mounts and nothing new.
     
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    15 fans? god dam, very interesting case, im not sure if i like it or not, but its deferentially a intriguing design.
     
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    No case with fans can save the hardware from rain, so it makes no difference if it's LANBoy Air or Obsidian 700D.
     
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    If the fans are not top mounted, the computer should be fine depending on how you are carrying it.

    This case seems pretty cool. I wouldn't use it for a LanParty box because it is a Full Tower, but would be pretty awesome to have a a Server. 10 or 11 HDD's, 6 core Processor, 8 GB or RAM, and 15 fans to keep it as cool as possible.
     
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    Really very good Antec!
     
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    Seriously interesting and cool design. I don't need that level of flexibility, but this sounds like a very compelling choice for air-cooling builders. Nice case Antec:toast:.
     
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    I like the 3.25/5.25 area very nice!
     
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    Not really like the styling but I must say after watching the video and reading a couple reviews what they give you for $220 is quite a lot. Nothing out there can really compare in its ability to arrange the setup.

    I really like how you can rearrange the i/o back side of the case. That would be a really awesome thing on something like a HAF X or similar full size case.
     
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    Like the idea. Needs to be made less ugly, and needs to accommodate an SR-2 sized setup to be perfect.
     
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    Seriously liking the HDD suspension system. And to my eyes at least the yellow variant looks better than the blue one
     
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    Interesting idea, doesn't look the best, but has me interested.
     
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    Did I hear correctly, you run all fans drawing air in? :twitch:
    or was I mistaken. :confused:

    I always felt Antec lacked a big range of proper full atx. they have a bunch of mid towers but very little full towers which I'd consider owning.

    this case is sweet. about time Antec reintroduced the lanboy case :toast:
     
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    It reminds me of the HAF series from CM, probably because of the mesh.
     
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    This is what you call an innovative idea on how air cooled system unit can be maximize...

    Seriously, they must make a full tower version of it, and put air filters to reduce the hassle of cleaning up dust inside the case, but cleaning dust in this type of case is not really a problem...
     
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    Review perhaps? :toast:
     
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    best design of a modular atx case I've seen yet, hope they decide to make one with solid panels replacing all the mesh as the obv dust and liquid spills is a quite a real problem with this design.

    Plus for the love of god someone start putting the the watercooling grommits on the roof of the case if your not going to give us room to mount a rad + fan on the inside instead of putting them on the rear I/O bracket :banghead:
     
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    One of the coolest cases I've seen to date. The flexibility in being able to totally customize the layout of drives and "air mount" hdd's is quite sweet. I'd seriously consider picking one of these chassis up for home use.
     
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    Sexy, cool and customizable... dusty though.
     
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    Looks hideous IMO. I'd far rather have a tech bench or a Lian Li
     
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    Looks like a LEGO Technic product...
     
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    I really like this. Definately going to give this one a try.
     
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    Take a tech bench to a LAN?
     
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    Yeah, a Tech Bench might be a bad idea to a LAN.. If they want to keep their computer parts...

    I really have to say that Antec came out with some sweet. Yeah, it's not a eye catcher. But, it's a great idea. Now, if they can come out with some solid plates to cover up the area's that people might want covered, it would probably go even better. Not saying that the design is bad, just saying that they've started a sweet Custom build type computer case.

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