Antec Solo II Case Review
The interior of the Antec Solo II case is much alike that of a common tower case, yet there are a few subtle but distinct differences. The entire chassis of the case is painted black, although this case does not have a windowed side panel. The area behind the CPU is entirely cut out, allowing the easy installation of large CPU coolers. Antec moved the drive cage upwards, clearing the way for very long GFX cards. The support brace of the PSU can be removed if the user wishes.
At the front bottom part of the case Antec has designed an opening for an intake 120mm cooling fan and even placed a washable dust filter but no fan is installed from the factory. Mounting holes for a small 2.5” drive can be seen at the right side of the chassis as well.
At the rear of the case a semi-transparent black 120mm cooling fan has been installed, the only standard fan of the Antec Solo II. Antec used vibration absorbing rubber grommets and installed a two speed switch, as well as an all-black cable. The speed switch is accessible from the rear of the case.
There is no tool-less mechanism or thumb screws securing the expansion cards; Antec went with the simple, trusty 3M screws. The plastic rails for mounting 5.25” devices are being stored at the bottom of the case.
This case has an interesting HDD mounting method; instead of having to install drives from either of the side panels, the drives are being installed from the front side of the case. In order to install any drives, the user has to pull the entire front panel off. Then, the drive cage can be accessed by removing one thumbscrew.
With the thumbscrew removed, the drive cage is exposed and the drive trays can be removed. Note that besides the three drive trays, the Solo II has two sets of elastic suspenders which can be used to hold drives as well. The door of the drive cage has a washable dust filter and is ready for a second 120mm intake fan.
The three drive trays can be used to install three 2.5” or 3.5” drives. Rubber grommets are being used to absorb the vibrations of the drives, with the grommets for the 3.5” drives pre-installed.
Our ICTT system fits in the Antec Solo II with relative ease. A full ATX motherboard would end right where the drives begin and routing the cables could become a problem since you cannot route more than a few cables from the back of the motherboard tray. Installing a very long graphic card should not be a problem; the way to the front of the case is all clear. It is not a very roomy case, neither designed for the quick and easy removal of all components, but it should fit a normal ATX system with relative ease and since interior aesthetics are not very important, at least not without a windowed side panel, most cables can be gathered behind the drives cage.