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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

Closer Look: Antec Lanboy Air

Upon first glance, the Lanboy Air looks much like any other case, and a lot like Antec's Dark Fleet series of cases. The same power/reset button and I/O layout are present, as are the two fans at on the front. There are a lot of differences as well.

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Atop the Lanboy Air, the case name is idealized with two thick, swiveled handles that make for easy carrying of Antec's latest chassis. These handles make movement of the Lanboy Air much easier than that of the recent Dark Fleet series, even though the two designs are very similar in nature. This addition won't be a big selling feature for people who leave their computer case in one location for years at a time. But for those of us who are constantly pulling our computer out of hiding to make improvements or to venture to a local LAN party, these handles are a big deal.

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Another thing you'll notice quite immediately about the Lanboy Air is that almost the entire case is perforated. The panels are actually seperated into a door and a removable side panel. We will discuss this later in detailed features, but it something new that you won't find in many cases. The Lanboy Air comes equipped with two 120mm fans mounted in the front of the case, just like the Dark Fleet series of cases did. The left side of the Lanboy Air also has two 120mm fans, however. That's another addition that you won't see everywhere.

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As we move around to the back of the case you can see that there the increasingly common liquid-cooling tube holes. Many high end cases have adopted patterns that allow for the addition of liquid cooling hoses. Luckily, the Lanboy Air also adds holes for mounting the cooling reservoir on top of the case, a feature I have seen left off of some cases even when they have the hose holes in the back. Even the PCI slot covers of the Lanboy Air are slotted with holes that allow for the free flow of air.

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As many high-end cases are doing now, the Lanboy Air has a bottom mounted PSU. Many of the cases have also come up with interesting ways to mount the PSU in order to keep it secure during transport that involves a little more than the standard four screws on the outside of the case. The Lanboy Air gives PSU mounting a new twist that isn't very common and actually has a removable cage that is used to hold the PSU.

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The right side of the case looks and acts just like the left side of the case but omits the two fans. The side panel is actually made up, again, of a door and a removable panel. The side panels don't slide into place like you would find on most cases. I particularly like this feature, especially after finding that the Dark Fleet series side panels didn't quite fit properly.

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As we can see from a brief look at the exterior of the Lanboy Air, this new case from Antec promises a lot of new features and plenty of air-flow. The case is very open, with perforations and holes cut all over the place. The free-flow of air will undoubtedly allow for a cooler environment for the computer components, but will it also allow for an uncontrolled build up of dust? I think Lanboy Air users will likely have to be very dedicated when it comes to keeping this case clean of dust and debri, which should be expected of an open-air chassis such as this.



 

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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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