|Antec Sonata IV Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Thursday, 10 March 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Everything is in the details, and with computer cases, there are no exceptions. A case can look great from afar, but once seen close-up, it can begin to fall short. Let's see how closely Antec paid attention to the details on the Sonata IV.
As previously mentioned, the top half of the front of the Sonata IV opens from right to left. This door reveals the optical drive bays, as well as the power and reset button. The door opens from the right side, and latches very well, and gives me no reason to believe that it will one day become loose and no longer latch, or that it will fall off its hinges. There is a lock on the right side of the door, and seems to serve the purpose of keeping people both away from the power/reset button, as well as from your disks. Unfortunately, there is no way to make the door open from the left side.
Shown here is the front I/O panel on the Sonata IV. Starting from the left, there are two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, the HDD/power LEDs. and the Mic/Headphone jack. Above those are the reset and power button, respectively. I am always glad to see front facing I/O panels versus top or side mounted panels. The LEDs are a nice blue color, and are bright enough to see in the light, but not so bright that you want to cover them up if you are a night owl.
This is the rear of the Sonata IV. Antec chose to include an motherboard I/O shield, but it did not fit the motherboard that I am installing in the case. The included power supply can mount in either orientation on the top of the case. The single 120mm fan mount is on the rear, as well as a 3-way fan speed switch. Because most motherboards do not come with a USB 3.0 header, case manufacturers are required to use an extension cable that simply plugs into the USB 3.0 port on the motherboard and extends it to the front I/O panel. You may notice a lack of water cooling hose grommets.