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Written by Hank Tolman   
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Case
Closer Look: Antec Lanboy Air
Detailed Exterior Features
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Case Review

The Lanboy Air case is the most recent in a long line of enclosures from Antec. Cases from Antec generally score high points among computer enthusiasts not only for their looks, but also for their ability to keep air moving inside the case. An overclocked PC requires a good case with a lot of air flow in order to keep all the important components safe from overheating. While a low-end PC used mainly for internet or word processing might be fine tucked away in the drawer of a desk and enclosed in the least expensive case you can find, the same is not true of any gaming or enthusiast computer. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes you on a detailed tour inside and out of Antec's newest case, the Lanboy Air.

Cases are a big part of the building process for these systems. Many gamers have heard the moniker "looks over stats", and appearances are also important to many users. Most good enclosure producing manufacturers strive to make cases that fit in the top category in both aesthetics and cooling. Antec does exactly this with the Lanboy Air. From a distance, the case looks a lot like many other high-end cases. There are LED lighting schemes, lots of fans, and even handles on top for easy transportation. A slightly closer inspection causes some eyebrows to be raised. Rather than the normal full aluminum or steel side panels, just about every inch of the Lanboy Air is covered in perforations and open space.

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This approach to a computer chassis tries to get as much air flow around the CPU, GPU, and other vital components as possible to ensure that your computer stays cool. As an enthusiast that tests a lot of computer hardware, I generally use an open-air test bed. I do this mainly for ease in swapping components as quickly as possible, but also because it keeps the components from accumulating that pent up heat that inevitably builds up inside of a case. The Lanboy Air Open-Frame case looks like a promising alternative by offering easy exchange of components in addition to the free flow of air.

Manufacturer: Antec, Inc.
Product Name: Lanboy Air
Model Number: 0761345-150040
Price As Tested: $189.99 at NewEgg (Available in Red, Yellow, Blue)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Antec, Inc.

Antec Lanboy Air Features

  • Fully-modular chassis
  • Open-frame mesh panel construction
  • AirMount HDD suspension mount system for up to 6 HDDs
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 150 mm with optional side fan installed, 160 mm without

Lanboy Air Specifications

11 drive bays:

- 6 x internal 3.5" HDDs - 3 x external 5.25" HDDs - 2 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD bay

Advanced cooling system - up to 15 fans

Standard fans:

- 2 x front variable-speed 120 mm blue LED fans with stepless control knobs
- 1 x rear 120 mm TwoCool blue LED fan
- 2 x side 120 mm TwoCool blue LED fans for graphics cards cooling

Optional fans:

- 2 x 120 mm fan for CPU and memory cooling - 6 x 120 mm side drive bay fan - 2 x 120 mm top fan

Water cooling support:

- Top water cooling radiator fitting - Rear water cooling grommets

8 expansion slots for triple graphics-card configurations

Maximum graphics card size: 16" / 406 mm

Front ports:

- 1 x USB 3.0 - 2 x USB 2.0 - Audio (ACE7 and HDA compatible) In and Out

Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX

Power supply not included

Unit Dimensions:

- 20.4" (H) x 8.7" (W) x 19.3" (D) - 518 mm (H) x 222 mm (W) x 4906 mm (D)

Package Dimensions:

- 23.2" (H) x 11.3" (W) x 22.8" (D) - 590 mm (H) x 288 mm (W) x 580 mm (D)

Weight:

- Net: 20.3 lb / 9.2 kg



 

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# dustaberkae 2010-12-20 04:00
Nice review. I wonder how it does with dust? Also does it come in all black?
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# RE: dustAdam 2010-12-20 04:49
"(Available in Red, Yellow, Blue)"


It might have some pretty nifty features but it's still bloody ugly.
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# RE: Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Casexgman 2010-12-20 11:21
I like it. . . . . . . . .
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# RE: RE: Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Casematthew 2011-08-25 07:39
so do i
i orderd my new computer in one
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# RE: Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame CaseRobert17 2010-12-20 16:22
Your review parallels several I've read on this case. Having seen one at a retail outlet, it was both appealing from an enthusiast standpoint for all the positive points you mention. Even the filterless nature of the beast didn't make me twitch as I have a large air compressor that gets put to use every time I open a case; besides, the dust filters have to be cleaned quite regularly or they impede airflow just as if the case lacks any openings anyway.

But I couldn't get past the see-through nature of the case. I've spent too much time trying to manage cabling and present end users with an attractive, safe (from kids, cats, whatever) and useful end product that this case was simply unappealing. No offense to the designers whatsoever. It's just a personal preference. This may be the only truly weak point as all case have the good, the bad, and the ugly to someone.
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# RE: Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame CaseDavid Ramsey 2010-12-20 17:59
It seems odd that the side panels you'd want to open most often (the large ones) require removing 6 or so thumbscrews, while the small ones at the front hinge open...
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# RE: RE: Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Casematthew 2011-08-25 07:42
so you can get to the HDD/SSD cage quicker
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