Nexus Prominent 5 versus Antec SOLO II: How They Compare In Looks, Functionality, and Price

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Current Price for Nexus Prominent 5: $79.95
Current Price for Antec Solo II: $118.99

Current prices at the time of writing are in Amazon.com.

So I'm going to look at some computer cases both with acoustic dampening material. Both of the computer cases have acoustic dampening materials in the sides but only the Antec has the one in the top. The similarity ends there, along with the expansion slots, so what are the differences between the two?

I will start off with Antec: Antec does have a suspension mount for hard drives, since I won't be carrying the system that much. Two hard drives are plenty for me, so that's not a big deal for me. As for cooling, it comes with an Antec TrueQuiet 120mm fan with silicon grommets for minimizing vibrations but I don't care for speed switch. Glossy finish? Nah. Only two drive bays, which I could only have a DVD drive and maybe something else I might like to have. For an intake fan, I'm unsure if the fan can draw in enough air inside the case compared to the front with a mesh in it. I think that's it for Antec SOLO II.

For the Nexus Prominent 5, it's cheaper, contains more fan holes for adding in a couple of Antec TrueQuiet 120mm Pro for additional airflow while still being quiet, more 5.25" drive bays if I want to put something to use, and even though it does have plenty of 3.5" drive bays, I'll only use two hard drives. I'm unsure if I could mod it and make use of suspension mounts if I can find one online. It does not look like it has grommets for fans for preventing vibrations.

But I do have two questions concerning noise. How do the two computer cases compare for the amount of noise the computer fans generate and how much does the acoustic dampening materials reduce the noise in two computer case? A review of two cases with the fans having the same make and model would be nice, but I don't think that will happen. I really don't have that much of a disposable income and I have no experience unpacking and packing up the products for reviewing and shipping back.

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