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.
|Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays||2|
|Number Of External 3.5" Bays||1|
|Number Of External 5.25" Bays||1|
|Number Of Case Fans Supported||2 - 2 x 6-cm fans in rear (included) - 1 x 8-cm fan in the front (optional)|
|Power Supply Included||Yes - 250 Watt - Not tested|
|Special Features||Front 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 By||www.athenatech.us|
|Estimated Cost||$69 US|
|Cooling Potential Rating||8|
|Construction Quality Rating||8|
|Overall Case Rating||8|
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.