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Pros Looks great Build quality Sound-dampening panels
Cons Motherboard has to be taken out to get to PSU Side fan is useless Side vent is idiotic
Summary So yeah, this thing looks great, is solidly build, and its got those sound-dampening mats they use in the Solo. Like the Solo though, you can't remove the PSU with the motherboard installed - you have to take it out. Also the side vent is stupid - the air comes in and has to past the entire length of the drive cage before getting to the video card, mobo, etc. The side fan is useless - has no effect on temperature, all it does is add noise.
Also, there's only 3 drive bays and the door sticks a little too much. The rear fan is okay noise-wise if you set it to low. Same for the side fan.
Cons - included fans too loud on high and audible on medium setting - front door closing mechanism not quite thought out - no PC speaker included
Summary Good case but I expected more.
The sound insulation helps a bit but doesn't seem to do all that much. The air intake "filter" can't stop anything finer than pet hair. The front door closing mechanism consists of a simple plastic clip - they should've employed something better, since you have to open the door each time you want to turn you PC on/off, restart, or use an optical drive.
Overall, the Sonata Elite is a good case, but for the price Antec's asking they should've done better.
Overall the Sonata Elite is very close to the Sonata 3. There are some changes in the layout and some new features and they all seem to take the model to the right direction. Sonata is advertised as a quiet case and I think now it can really stand for the marketing speech with its new sound dampenin
The Antec Sonata Elite lives up to its expectations and then some. It is easy to recommend a case that takes so many steps to insuring the customers satisfaction, and a stable choice that will probably remain on top of the silent market for the rest of the year, at least!
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