The Lazy Days of Summer Case Review

Athenatech A100SC

The A100SC from Athenatech.

We received the A100SC from Athenatech for review, the only flex ATX/ micro ATX case in this review. This case provides an interesting blend of what seems to be happening in the micro PC arena. It features several innovative options, including a look that is very unique when compared to other micro cases in this segment. Athenatech is obviously trying to go after the flex ATX/ micro ATX market with a vengeance; and with this case there is a tremendous potential for success.

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Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 3.5" Bays1
Number Of External 5.25" Bays1
Number Of Case Fans Supported2 - 2 x 6-cm fans in rear (included) - 1 x 8-cm fan in the front (optional)
Construction MaterialSteel
Power Supply IncludedYes - 250 Watt - Not tested
Special FeaturesFront mounted USB 2.0 and audio ports, blue LED light, flex and micro ATX compatible motherboard only
Size (HDW)146 x 343 x 368 mm(5.75" x 13.5" x 14.5")
Sample Case Provided
Estimated Cost$69 US
Cooling Potential Rating8
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8

The first feature that struck us about this case was the incredibly elegant, high tech look of the A100SC. Athenatec obviously cares about the quality of this case, as it was wrapped with a film to protect the paint on the case as well as the case itself. As with all micro ATX cases, the A100SC is cramped; but when compared to similar cases, it is apparent that Athenatec is trying to make the user's experience as pleasurable and trouble-free as possible. To assist with the installation, Athenatec has come up with a unique latching system that allows the user to remove the drive bays (for example) to ease installation headaches. While it is not a dream to work on, as with all micro ATX cases, the A100SC is easier than most cases of this genre.

Inside the A100SC.