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Antec LanBoy Air Review

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Invectus 14th December 2010, 09:05 Quote
is this a case a construction work site?
docodine 14th December 2010, 09:13 Quote
It's like a Dark Fleet got dressed for a night out at the clubs
perplekks45 14th December 2010, 09:17 Quote
Wow... that thing is fugly.
proxess 14th December 2010, 09:47 Quote
What a horrible looking thing...
azrael- 14th December 2010, 09:56 Quote
Seems Antec keeps dropping the ball of late...
jrs77 14th December 2010, 10:16 Quote
Everybody knew allmost a year ago what this case looks like, so why there's so much surprised people?
DBA 14th December 2010, 10:19 Quote
ugly case and a lot of incredibly bad design flaws. Even if the case was a good performer, all this mesh is an instant FAIL!

Not because it would alter the fate of this case, but wouldn't it be better to turn the CPU fan around so it would blow in the same direction as the fan behind the motherboard?
memeroot 14th December 2010, 10:28 Quote
love the look - but to make it non modular !!! crazy!!!

when will someone release the mechano of cases?
asura 14th December 2010, 10:33 Quote
"A CPU delta T of 55C with the fans at maximum speed, and of 58C with fans blowing as hard as possible"

First paragraph of page 4.

I don't like it; but then, I like blank monolithic chunks of Al, so I think we can safely ignore me.
aLtikal 14th December 2010, 10:55 Quote
Some key things wrong here.

LAN environments are warmer than your average room. So having a mesh casing is abit silly.
LAN environments are full of people drinking coca cola and sweets, and the risk to getting your internals wet from a splash is very high with this sort of case...The only holes i want in my case should be fan intakes and outtakes.

not very practical is it..but an interesting case i suppose.
Jipa 14th December 2010, 10:57 Quote
I disagree with a lot about the statements in this review, but then again, I suppose we're all different. For anyone actually interested in this case, however, I recommend reading some other reviews out there as well.

I really like the idea behind this case, but yeah, it comes with its flaws. I did come up with an idea to just replace the mesh panels with solid aluminum panels, keep the clever modular stuff, but get rid of the mesh and enhance (simplify) the outlooks and cooling. I didn't have time to make all that myself, but anyone feel free to take the idea (and credit me, damnit).

Also IMO in person the case doesn't look as mad as it does in pictures. I had the blue version around, and while it does look like something that came from Transformers, it isn't really that much crazier/tackier/what ever you want to call it/ than every other "gaming" case out there.
SpAceman 14th December 2010, 11:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by aLtikal
LAN environments are full of people drinking coca cola and sweets, and the risk to getting your internals wet from a splash is very high with this sort of case...The only holes i want in my case should be fan intakes and outtakes.

This.

My old case had a big massive vent on the top. My friend was clumsy with his beer at a LAN. Someone's G15 got soaked (survived, but stickyish to this day) and one of my RAM sticks was out of action until it had dried out enough to work again. We still give him crap.

Over the top ventilation where it isn't really doing anything is a BAD idea. Not to mention a nightmare for dust
Phoenixlight 14th December 2010, 12:03 Quote
I've read from other websites that with all the fans set to intake there's so much positive air pressure that dust doesn't stay in the case, can you confirm/deny this?
Baz 14th December 2010, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
I've read from other websites that with all the fans set to intake there's so much positive air pressure that dust doesn't stay in the case, can you confirm/deny this?

Sounds like nonsense to me; no one can seriously have done any "dust" testing. Dust will get drawn into case, and deposit itself regardless of whether the air is flowing straight out of the case. Even if this was the case you'd just end up with dusty mesh instead of dusty hardware. Antec tried this old chestnut with the original Skeleton too, but it still managed to get dusty.

Personally I don't dislike this case's looks and agree it looks better in blue. However, I think our concerns are still well founded and the result is neither practical, effective at cooling or good value.
Spreadie 14th December 2010, 13:19 Quote
Looks like a case for 13 year old Optimus Prime fans.

So, it isn't really any good for LAN parties- unless you want some git to splash his can of monster all over it.

But, it isn't much good for the home market either - all that mesh in an Air Cooling case? - it could be pretty noisey.
tron 14th December 2010, 13:29 Quote
Very cool sporty looking case.
;)

WARNING: This case is not for the "P180" crowd.

This case contains everything that the extremely vocal "P180" case lovers dislike.

This is definitely not a bland boring P180-style case.

This case may have its faults here and there, but if there is one single case that is the epitome of the word "fun", then the Lanboy Air would be that case.

From my experience of this, those photos don't do it justice. It really is impressive to see it once you unbox it. It looks a bit like a transformer or lego set. It looks very futuristic. The whole of the top is a dark tinted glass panel with cool looking mesh pattern cut outs. During the dark, the "alien style" patterned lights that radiate through the mesh upon the wall and ceiling looks cool. This is more of a gamer case, for sure.

However, like others, I also question the suitability of taking a case like this to a LAN party. I would question the risk of accidental liquid splashes from others. Also, the biggest of insects (even rodents) can easily get in and cause problems. Also, someone could drop a coin and it could somehow manage to kiss goodbye to the exposed motherboard rear and short it out. Also, how easy it is for people to play around with the case's thumbscrews. Now, although this is a fun case, it can indeed induce many negative thoughts.

Regarding dust, it doesn't get as dusty as many people would expect. This is due to the fact that in a regular enclosed case, the dust that is pulled into the case easily settles. In the Lanboy Air, that dust isn't "trapped" in the case, but can easily flow back out of the open air case. Dust can't even settle on the bottom of the Lanboy Air, due to its fully meshed floor. However, the mesh panel over the graphics card gets quite dusty on the outside.

This is one of the most innovative case designs out there, but not perfect. The review explains some of the flaws.

I would be more interested to see an update to the Antec 1200 (forget the silly looking Darkfleet), or to see what a future next release of Lanboy Air will look like. Antec may even have to consider reducing the amount of mesh on it. If the LanBoy Air does not cool as well as an Antec 1200, then that means most of the mesh is unnecessary, or even counterproductive. Also, for people like me who like to see their components via a side window, there may be a slight disappointment with the Lanboy Air. I mean that even though it is all meshed, it is not that easy to actually "see" the components you are staring at compared to cases with a window.
Tangster 14th December 2010, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by tron
Very cool sporty looking case.
;)

WARNING: This case is not for the "P180" crowd.

This case contains everything that the extremely vocal "P180" case lovers dislike.

This is definitely not a bland boring P180-style case.

This case may have its faults here and there, but if there is one single case that is the epitome of the word "fun", then the Lanboy Air would be that case.

From my experience of this, those photos don't do it justice. It really is impressive to see it once you unbox it. It looks a bit like a transformer or lego set. It looks very futuristic. The whole of the top is a dark tinted glass panel with cool looking mesh pattern cut outs. During the dark, the "alien style" patterned lights that radiate through the mesh upon the wall and ceiling looks cool. This is more of a gamer case, for sure.

However, like others, I also question the suitability of taking a case like this to a LAN party. I would question the risk of accidental liquid splashes from others. Also, the biggest of insects (even rodents) can easily get in and cause problems. Also, someone could drop a coin and it could somehow manage to kiss goodbye to the exposed motherboard rear and short it out. Also, how easy it is for people to play around with the case's thumbscrews. Now, although this is a fun case, it can indeed induce many negative thoughts.

Regarding dust, it doesn't get as dusty as many people would expect. This is due to the fact that in a regular enclosed case, the dust that is pulled into the case easily settles. In the Lanboy Air, that dust isn't "trapped" in the case, but can easily flow back out of the open air case. Dust can't even settle on the bottom of the Lanboy Air, due to its fully meshed floor. However, the mesh panel over the graphics card gets quite dusty on the outside.

This is one of the most innovative case designs out there, but not perfect. The review explains some of the flaws.

I would be more interested to see an update to the Antec 1200 (forget the silly looking Darkfleet), or to see what a future next release of Lanboy Air will look like. Antec may even have to consider reducing the amount of mesh on it. If the LanBoy Air does not cool as well as an Antec 1200, then that means most of the mesh is unnecessary, or even counterproductive. Also, for people like me who like to see their components via a side window, there may be a slight disappointment with the Lanboy Air. I mean that even though it is all meshed, it is not that easy to actually "see" the components you are staring at compared to cases with a window.

I thought the Bitfenix Colossus looked fun! This just looks...awkward. Still, can'#t really see anyone taking a colossus to a LAN party.:|
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Originally Posted by Article
even placing the PSU into the room(You mean roof, no?) mount doesn't allow you to use the two 120mm fan mounts in the roof internally.
cough.;)
DragunovHUN 14th December 2010, 15:44 Quote
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Despite all these fans and fan mounts, the LanBoy lacks any sort of dust filtering. This means that there’s nothing to prevent dust, fluff and insects getting into the LanBoy and your precious hardware. Of course, dust filtering a predominantly mesh case would have been very difficult, but its still a valid criticism of a genuine flaw.

If you set it up as a positive pressure case, then i think this paragraph becomes moot for the most part.
Fizzban 14th December 2010, 15:52 Quote
This is what happens when you try too hard.
Lord-Vale3 14th December 2010, 16:45 Quote
Thats too bad, I didnt think the thermal performance would be so terrible.

I think what Antec needs to do, and they could make quite some money off this one, is update the Performance One line.

This is what I would like to see in the P184:

-Make it a little bit wider, so cable management behind the back panel becomes easier.
-Make a large CPU cut-out on the back of the motherboard tray, for fitting coolers.
-Give it USB3 support.
-Make it a little bit taller, and add an additional 120mm fan mount or two so that you could place a dual or triple rad in the top WITH fans, all on the interior. With the case being made wider, these could even be 140mm mounts, though then the case would probably also need made longer.
-Because PSU's are now more efficient than ever, and PSU heat affecting the rest of the hardware in the case is now negligible, remove the wall that separates the 'upper' and 'lower' chambers. I know this removes a key characteristic of the series, but it would allow for the case to have 8 expansion slots instead of 7, and separate chambers are now no longer much necessary.
Lazy_Amp 14th December 2010, 17:06 Quote
Well performance is disappointing.

I was wondering though, if you didn't have any drives in there, could you fit 2 3xfan radiators in the front there? :)
Jim 14th December 2010, 17:10 Quote
Presumably their target with this mesh look was to make the best thermal performer possible.

What they've actually done is make one of the ugliest cases known to man, which is horrendous at cooling.

What the heck is going on at Antec? I personally think they're all high.
centy 14th December 2010, 17:19 Quote
Very dissapointing thermal performance, but to be expected with such airflow short circuit.
happysack 14th December 2010, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Invectus
is this a case a construction work site?

you can imagine a 'JCB' sticker on it imo
gingerbunny88 14th December 2010, 17:46 Quote
I think it's a great looking case, so maybe I'm weird but I really like the colour scheme and the different segments are pretty cool. As for cooling the case is designed so all the fans INTAKE, and this creates positive air pressure that forces air out through the various meshes, along with the dust too. If I had the cash - I'd definitely consider this case, my score: 7/10
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