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The Antec Lanboy Case Air Up Close

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

This gaming PC case features a modular design and mesh exterior.

Over at the Antec booth for COMPUTEX 2010, company reps were busy showcasing new PC components, including the Antec LanBoy Air.

From first impressions, the LanBoy Air looks like a bunch of mesh coverings held up by a solid frame. The frame itself features multiple screw holes all over, which allows for a certain degree of customization. On all sides of the case it's possible to mix-and-match case fans, covers, motherboard mounts, PSU placement, and even the radiator of a water-cooling system. 

Theoretically, it's possible to line most of these areas with fans, for maximum air flow. The only component of the case that should remain constant is the front-port assembly, which features one USB 3.0 compatible port.

Drives are mounted sideways, through a door that opens on the left side (if viewing the front of the case). Antec's demo setup featured hard drives mounted on an elastic support system, supposedly to provide better shock protection, vibration reduction, and noise suppression. Two handles swivel away from the top of the case, making this product decidedly aimed at LAN party gurus. Physically strong LAN gamers that is. With a weight over 9kg, the LanBoy Air isn't for the faint of heart and weak of muscle.

Antec's reps were pretty mum about the price, despite repeated attempts to get them to provide an estimate. They did reveal that they were aiming for an August 2010 release (at the latest), currently working with partners to being mass production. You can bet though that, with all the customization possibilities promised, the Antec LanBoy Air won't be for the budget market.

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    nforce4max , June 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    polly the parrotSort of ugly isn't it?


    Not really, its looks far better than those ugly Dell clam shells and countless other examples.
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    kelfen , June 2, 2010 2:32 AM
    the case sure draws my attention to say the least
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    polly the parrot , June 2, 2010 2:01 AM
    Sort of ugly isn't it?
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    nforce4max , June 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    polly the parrotSort of ugly isn't it?


    Not really, its looks far better than those ugly Dell clam shells and countless other examples.
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    deadly4u , June 2, 2010 2:14 AM
    Hell YES.

    This is a beefin' case.
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 2:15 AM
    Interesting design, I've seen much better though!
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    liquidsnake718 , June 2, 2010 2:24 AM
    For a lan or network case this is interesting, its got a vibrant look especially with the yellow. Internet cafes of 2010;s should be using this for the hub PC
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    kelfen , June 2, 2010 2:32 AM
    the case sure draws my attention to say the least
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    dEAne , June 2, 2010 2:46 AM
    No its not ugly. How much does it cost and where can we buy this?
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    grillz9909 , June 2, 2010 2:59 AM
    Disgusting.
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    surrept420 , June 2, 2010 3:51 AM
    UHh yep.. It's fugly. Wouldn't have that in my studio if you paid me.
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    JackNaylorPE , June 2, 2010 3:54 AM
    Looks fugly with yellow .... hope one can buy the original version shown at CES back in January. See the video .... very functional design. Hopefully we actually be able to buy one soon though I am more interested in the DF-85 which I expect will drop at the same time. If it's not about to drop, this is kinda "old news"
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    gkay09 , June 2, 2010 5:27 AM
    You should check out the video walkthrough of this case in YouTube...am sure you will be impressed...
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    neiroatopelcc , June 2, 2010 7:41 AM
    That case looks really messy!
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    Emperus , June 2, 2010 7:56 AM
    Finally a case which makes the CM HAF's look pretty..
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    unrealpinky , June 2, 2010 8:27 AM
    emperusFinally a case which makes the CM HAF's look pretty..

    That comment just made my day!
    Anyone else think that computer case design from major manufacturers has gone rather stagnant lately? All these open air designed cases are just not very practical for most people unless they are always tinkering with components.
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    englandr753 , June 2, 2010 11:11 AM
    Since I bought my Coolermaster CM830 I haven't had the desire to change cases. If I were on the market I would consider this case, depending on the price, color options and how badly I would want to spend time cleaning the case. You can imagine the job of cleaning a case like that when every intake area is coated with dust bunnies. That would be my biggest turn off on that case tbh...
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    leon2006 , June 2, 2010 11:15 AM
    You can hear all the fan noise with this design.
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    xyzionz , June 2, 2010 11:45 AM
    Somehow it reminds me of half life 2...somehow...
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    treefrog07 , June 2, 2010 12:10 PM
    I like it. Looks like Antec is trying to out-guess those of us with Dremels. The design will help us tweak our airflow and temps, a lot like the CM690s do. Don't like mesh? There are dozens of other styles and configurations available, isn't that good for all of us?
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    mage182 , June 2, 2010 12:50 PM
    The problem with the former Lanboy (all aluminum) case from Antec was that the HDs mounted perpendicular to the case as they do in this one. However, the cage used to house the drives prohibited airflow over them from the front case fans. This caused the drives to run at higher than optimal temps. I ended up ditching the case and getting a Nine-hundred case instead which has no such problem.
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    schmich , June 2, 2010 1:27 PM
    nforce4maxNot really, its looks far better than those ugly Dell clam shells and countless other examples.

    Your argument (that's it's less ugly, than something REALLY ugly) doesn't imply that it's a great looking case. Next time maybe try to compare it a good looking case?

    "No man, the Tesla Roadster isn't really ugly. It looks much better than the Russian cars from the 70s"
    "Wow then it must be such a great looking car!!!"
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