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First Impressions

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Removing the case from the packaging revealed a very attractive, sleek black (or piano black as advertised) and simple looking case. One can definitely tell that it is a descendent of the Sonata II. The double-hinged front door opens up to 225° to reveal the 3 – 5.25” drive bays, power and reset buttons. The door also contains a lock to keep out unwanted guests from getting into your computer.

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Just below that are the high definition / AC’97 audio connections, 2 USB ports, an eSATA port, and 2 blue LEDS that makeup the power and HDD activity indicators. It appears that the eSATA port has replaced the firewire port. A logical move from ANTEC as more eSATA drives hit the market.

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Just below the connectors are air intake ports that allow cool air to be drawn into the case. As with the Sonata II, there is a removable and washable dust filter to keep the inside of your case and components free of dust.

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Moving to the side of the case, we find a similar, if not the same, latching and locking mechanism for the side panel, making this system well suited to public areas where tampering with the system is not an option.

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One minor little quibble I had dealt with the rubber sticky feet that were cheaply stuck onto the bottom. As I slid the case around the feet kept popping off. And if you’re like me, I’m always sliding and re-positioning my case on my desk or floor. Feet that are better secured to the case would do the trick. A simple screw mechanism and washer would have taken care of this.

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