|Antec Sonata IV Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Friday, 11 March 2011|
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Antec Sonata IV Computer Case Review
Manufacturer: Antec, Inc.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Antec, Inc.
Antec has been making computer enclosures for as long as I can remember. When I think of popular computer chassis, one case from Antec almost always comes to mind: their Sonata line of cases. Antec has provided Benchmark Reviews the opportunity to review their latest iteration of their Sonata line, the Sonata IV. The Sonata IV is marketed as being a Quiet Mid Tower case. It aims to bring the Sonata line of cases up to date with such features as a front USB 3.0 port, a spot for a 2.5" SSD drive, and silicon grommets to reduce hard drive vibration. Also included with the Sonata IV is a 620 watt power supply. Can the Sonata IV live up to its predecessors and the Antec name? Read the full review to find out.
With Antec being such an established and well-known company in the computer enclosure market, they should know how to make a case that both looks good and performs well. The Sonata line has had great success throughout the years, and Antec hopes to continue that line of success with the Sonata IV. Along with its great looks, the Sonata IV aims for a silent chassis with its design. With only a single TriCool(TM) 120mm fan in the rear of the case, Antec is taking a gamble by sacrificing airflow for noise reduction. The inclusion of a 620 watt power supply is a very welcome bonus with this case. We will soon find out if the Sonata IV is not only good looking, but also performs well.
Cases are often considered a cosmetically oriented item for your computer, but they do still serve an important function. Cases are not only expected to look good, but they must perform well by keeping your components cool and safe. They also must allow the user to install and change components with a minimal amount of headache. Items reviewed at Benchmark Reviews are rated on the following categories: Performance, Appearance, Construction, Value, and Functionality. While some of these categories may have the tendency to be subjective to the person doing the review, Benchmark Reviews strives to provide the most professional and unbiased review as possible.
Antec presents the Sonata IV, built from the ground up for Quiet Computing to continue the legacy of its predecessors. All of the features in the Sonata IV optimize the case's quiet design, from the included 620 watt power supply with whisper-quiet 120 mm fan, to the redesigned case airflow that allows for maximum cooling with minimal fans, to the vibration-reducing silicone grommets for hard drives. Sonata IV is also the most capable Sonata to date, offering a 2.5" drive mount and front-panel USB 3.0. Created to give you a quiet, functional solution for your home, home office or corporate workspace, Sonata IV delivers.
Antec Sonata IV Features
Sonata IV Specifications0.8 mm SECC for durability
Compatible Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
- 478 mm (H) x 208 mm (W) x 440 mm (D)
- 18.8" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 17.3" (D)
- 550 mm (H) x 275 mm (W) x 515 mm (D)
- 21.7" (H) x 10.8" (W) x 17.3" (D)
- Net : 21.1 lbs / 9.3 kg
- Gross : 25.1 lbs / 11.4 kg