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Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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As mentioned earlier, the cooling setup comes stock with a single 120mm fan in the rear of the case. We added the second 120mm front-mounted fan for all of our testing. The generous sized intake ducts in the front of the bezel of the SLK3700-BQE allow this front-mounted, 120mm fan to intake a great deal of fresh air that can then be exhausted by the rear 120mm fan. We found this cooling configuration to be quiet as well as efficient. We are still uncertain as to why Antec does not just throw in the second 120mm fan in its packaging of the SLK3700-BQE. The SLK3700-BQE had no problems passing any of our testing. We would rate its performance as above average in cooling potential.

The front-mounted USB ports on the SLK3700-BQE.

The SLK3700-BQE offers two front-mounted USB 2.0 compatible ports, but unfortunately does not offer either 1394/Firewire or MIC and headphone jacks. While it is clear that this case is not particularly targeted at gamers, we still contend that these front-mounted ports should be standard equipment on every case. While Antec offers these ports on many other models, it seems that the SLK3700-BQE has been omitted from its list.

To help reduce shock and vibration the hard drive trays are removable and are rubber grommeted at the bottom of each tray. As with the Lanboy, we noticed a great deal of improvement when using these rubber grommets. It should be noted, however, that the drive trays are very close to the side panel edge of the case, which can make installation somewhat tricky for novices. However, if you follow Antec’s well-written documentation that is included with the SLK3700-BQE Series, you should have no problem installing the hard drives. Overall, we think that this method works well. It would be nice if Antec incorporated a more screwless design in future revisions.

Antec’s SLK3700-BQE unfortunately does not break much new ground compared to what we have seen in the past from the Lanboy Series, as the Lanboy Series is basically the same case internally. The lack of a side window and the black finish of the SLK3700-BQE will be a hit with many DYI enthusiasts. We are still somewhat unclear as to how this product fits within Antec’s overall product strategy. While we still like the style of the SLK3700-BQE Series, it seems to lose a bit of its luster when compared to many of the other cases in this review that are at a similar price point. Many users will likely opt for cases that cost about the same as the SLK3700-BQE Series and offer fancier features. When evaluating price, however, do not forget that an Antec branded 350 Watt power supply is included at this $99 US MSRP, which does add extra value when compared to many of the $99 cases that do not include a power supply.

With its top-notch design and engineering, the SLK3700-BQE is definitely a good buy when the included power supply is factored in.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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