|Antec Sonata IV Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Thursday, 10 March 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
One of the biggest reasons many people purchase a case is to make their computer look better. Whether you are a LAN goer, like to show off to your friends, or just like having nice looking things, a case can be an important part of a computer setup. In the next two sections, We will look at the exterior of the Sonata IV. Antec is well known for making great looking cases, so hopefully the Sonata IV will not disappoint and live up to the Antec name.
Shown in this photo is the Sonata IV from Antec. Elegant silent is the motto that this case has been given. Using an all-black color, smooth lines, and including a very minimal amount of fans with the Sonata IV, I think Antec has done a good job of portraying that elegant silence motto.
The front of the case is black with a matte finish. It is plastic and the top half of the front is a door with a lock on it. The front is lacking from having many flashy features, which helps set the tone of the elegance of the Sonata IV. Antec has included two keys for the front lock, in case you ever lose one. On the top half of the case, there is a square indent for any case badge you wish to put in there, and Antec has included one with the Sonata IV.
This is the left side of the case. This is the side you remove to install the components. Notice how bright the flash is in the picture, and how well it reflects. The mirrored finish on the sides of the Sonata IV is jet black, and very striking. Unfortunately, as you can see in the upper right corner, it is also great for picking up fingerprints. A quick wipe with a cloth clears them right off, though. If you look on the left side of the photo, you can see a loop on the rear of the case where a lock can be put. This will lock the side panel to the rear of the case in order to keep your gear safe from thieves.
Shown here is a photo of the right side of the Sonata IV. Again, I left the flash in the photo to show just how shiny the sides are. On this side, there is a vent that allows air flow to and from the hard drive cage to allow them to cool. Because there is no fan blowing across the hard drives, this is good design choice by Antec to include this vent. The vent can be removed easy enough to clean, once it inevitably fills with dust.