Antec LanBoy Air Case Review

 
 
 
Antec LanBoy Air Case rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Antec LanBoy Air Case is a breath of fresh air! It's very unique and innovative which is commended. With it's open air like design it looks like no other case on the market. This case is lightweight, up to 15 120mm fans can be installed, there's lots of drive bays, has a removable motherboard tray, radiator can be mounted at top and a lot of other excellent feature. If you own this case you have bragging rights!


 

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Anonymous

do you know if a X79 chipset mobo will fit inside this case?

Anonymous

Damn, i want this case, it is f*cking awesome, ive got the DF85, but its not cool enough for me...

Anonymous

I actually own this case. Firstly, dust problems are a no - some buildup on the mesh outside the case but so far no dust coating on components inside (nothing outside the norm anyway).
Absolutely piss easy to assemble, completely customisable, and keeping all my components nice and cool!
All in all - don't knock it til you've tried it (some proper know-it-all types have posted in here aint they!!)
Peace out!

Anonymous

First off, thanks for your informative reviews. I used the Lanboy for my recent build and I love it but I have one ? If i put dust filters on the 5 fans which they include, will that have an affect on airflow performance. The airflow is excellent right nwo and I want to keep it that way. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons to putting filters on the 5 fans included with this case (Is minimizing dust worth the potential affect on airflow performance). Any ideas?

Thanks
Nick

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Anonymous: "If i put dust filters on the 5 fans which they include, will that have an affect on airflow performance."

Well certainly. Dust filters will decrease airflow performance, but usually not that much ... give them a try if you can.

Anonymous

This case is available in red as well. But, man, when I say red, I mean "RED"!

Anonymous

No voice in video.

Anonymous

Rodney reviews are really good, professional, clear, useful, even fun to watch. I always miss somekind of thermal testing though.

I heard somewhere that this case, because of all the mesh, cannot "funnel" the air of intake fans, so the stock cooling is poor (adding 10 extra fans would help but is brutally expensive).

Plus as somebody said, this will be caked in dust in no time.

Plus some of the features are not really that useful. Moving the power supply up is not that great, or the removable motherboard tray that actually requires to take out a lot of screws...

I am overall 100% agree with Rodneys reviews (except I would like to see the cooling performance in them) but I wouldnt give this case the maximun score.

Cheers! :)

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Anonymous: "I heard somewhere that this case, because of all the mesh, cannot "funnel" the air of intake fans, so the stock cooling is poor (adding 10 extra fans would help but is brutally expensive)."

This is only issue with the front fans, if you want them to push air all way through the case. Personally I use Silverstone Air Penetrator fans in front, to ensure maximum airflow. Also you can make a shroud yourself or use similar adapters, such as Nexus BeamAir.



Anonymous: "Plus as somebody said, this will be caked in dust in no time. "

Not really. Ofc every case will have dust inside @ some point, but because Lanboy Air is designed to be an open air case, there is very little space where the dust can settle in. Also with canned air, it's really easy to clean.

Anonymous

covered in dust after 2 weeks ,,,guaranteed "Dustboy"

Anonymous

Nice case, but it's not "the first modular case on the planet".

I've been running a Mountain Mods U2-UFO Opti-1203 for years -- same concept, but twice as big and twice as expensive.

I might have to give one of these a whirl...

Anonymous

its like legos for case builders! i would buy that it it was 150 dollars, not 200 dollars as some ppl are selling it for.

Anonymous

it's really ulgy honnestly and all of those screws.. blah

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they're making a Lanboy Red now =O

Anonymous

Question to the case owners: Is it technically possible to mount another fan to the front, if you for example turn you optical drive sideways, instead facing front?

Anonymous
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It looks ok but.... would this case not be hell to clean? All that mesh letting all that dust inside the case, and the dust that doesn't make it in is going to be stuck on the outside. There is no way in hell I would pay 200.00 for this when there is so much more out in the market at that price range.

Anonymous

when you taken it all apart and put it back together you'll have the new rare decise named: Thumb Screw Thumb :P

Anonymous

sigh...

hasn't anyone read whats on the antec website? they advise you to intsall all optional fans to push loads of air trough the machine to push out HEAT AND DUST trough the holes where fans arent installed so this aint a dust magnet and even if it was it would be easy to clean with compressed air but with 15 fans installed its like your blowing compressed air at it all the time its on... this is one of the best cases i've seen its not good for lan parties i think because stuff would be easy to steal... but would be awesome for home use or when your doing lan parties with friends (and i'm thinking of trustable friends then :P) i agree with rodney: 100% kickass (but the blue leds on the yellow one is a weird combination (my opinion) i would have chosen yellow or red)

Anonymous

2:18 you can put your weed in there...

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No air filters?!?

ZMXme
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This just might take the place of my air filter. no dust filters? oh well. gives one more of a reason to go with a custom liquid cooling kit

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Must buy this case...

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Wow, I really like this case, I like it a LOT, the only thing I could say that could be bad with this case, is that, well dust... you'll be wiping does off almost all sides of that case, I have that kind of mesh on my current case on the top and front and a little on the side and I"m cleaning does off them daily, but with all that air flow that case can dish out, I don't think you'll have to worry about it, so much air would be going through that case it just wouldn't matter, if you maxed that case out with faces... Its a bit overkill, even for overlocking, well maybe not hard hardcore overclocking but heh, I got my current case for the number of fans it could hold, this case beats my old case by far and if I had the money right now for it, I would get it with out a second thought.

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thank you for this review I like this case after seeing this case I will upgrade and I will get this case thank you very much

Mobo:Asusa7n8 CPU:AMD2200 FMemory:893 Graphics: MIS FX5700 Sound Card:Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Hdd 1:200 gb Hdd 2: 80gb External Hdd3:60 DVD Burner:ASUSDRW-0402P/D DVD±R/RW CDburner:40x Case:ANTEC Black PSU:400W

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Sweeet case but i have already bought to many cases everytime one comes out that i like. Gonna hold off a bit.

EGG

Anonymous

In future reviews, can you video the HDD and Power LED lights, as well as the default/how it looks when everything is on?

While overly bright LEDs can be fixed with duct tape or wire cutters, they shouldn't have to be, especially when you pay over $200 for a case.

Anonymous

I understand that the positive air pressure forces out hot air and prevents dust from coming in through the expansion slots / 5 1/4" drive bays, but how does the case prevent dust coming in say, if there is dust floating right by the intake fans? If the intake fan takes the dust in, couldn't it be snagged inside something like the PSU, Graphics card heatsink or whatever and start causing issues assuming build-up starts to happen? I don't understand the concept fully, but maybe I've just been hearing too many positive things about dust filters.

Also, a shop in Australia (one of the best shops to purchase computer parts) has the LanBoy in Red with Red Fan LEDs.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=416&products_id=15714

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Dust filters are required in conventional cases because they are enclosures which trap the dust inside the case.

The Lanboy Air, because of its open-air design, gives the dust plenty of places to escape. We're not suggesting that the case will be completely dust-free. But with frequent use, the positive airflow will keep dust away from your components.

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Sounds plausible, just unconventional(thinking outside the box) until now. Personally I love Antec cases and this appears superior to any traditional Antec case.

Anonymous

But unfortunately, the.......

wait

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100 % Kickass is an understatement! Keep showing us interesting thing's like this rodney!!! man, do I ever want one...

Anonymous

BoredGunner absolutely does not know what he is talking about.
The air suspended HD holders...would be actually quite nice to have.
The latest mechanical HD park and lock down the arm anyways (no need to worry about HD wobbling...they are tougher than you think).
This case looks very very cool indeed. Its a bit bigger than I thought it would be. Dust will get in anything with in a matter of time anyways and filters can be added for cheap.

Anonymous

to all you dust filter haters. it doesnt need them because of the positive air pressure, genious design.

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Looks cheaply built, I dislike the hard drive wobble, too many screws are required for assembly, and it doesn't look like it has filters. I don't like the case. Regarding air pressure, despite the positive air pressure in the case, exhaust fans are required otherwise you're relying on heat to passively leave through the top of the case. Some fans would improve heat dissipation considerably.

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You can install up to fifteen fans in the Lanboy Air. If you really want exhaust fans, you're more than welcome to set some of them up as exhaust.

Hard drives won't "wobble" unless you're transporting the system, in which case, we recommend uninstalling the airmounts. This is easily done as the airmounts require no screws.

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There are fan's though, positive air pressure will force air out, not passively leave through the top.

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I only watched this one because I knew it had a removable motherboard tray :P

Shonda
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very Nice Review Rodney!

Love the case

Anonymous

I really can't wait to do a micro atx type build on this and modular power supply

Anonymous

Get Some Dust filters and i'd love it

Anonymous

Dust magnet but i absolutly like it :-) its new and refreshing not the same old same old and alot of FANS !!

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Looks like people are either saying Yes or No to this case but nothing in between ;P

I wish I could buy computers for 5$

Anonymous

Hi, did you really test the Case, because of all the mesh I think it will be looking like a giant Fureball after a few weeks.

There ist also not one single Airfilter.

BTW: THX for the presentation of this Case.

Anonymous

Ha the motherboard tray is removable but let me see you get it back in that tiny slot with a cpu cooler and ram attached.

Anonymous

Oh wow! For a LAN party machine, seems all anyone needs to do to steal anything out of your machine, they just remove thumb screws. As a plus, they can see everything inside to decide what they wanna steal. Besides, this looks like a dust monster...

Anonymous

i think most people can see inside computers with side windows anyways.

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Anonymous

I like it, its just the case i have always wanted!

Anonymous

As innovative as it is, I need my dust filters. Fifteen fanplacements and the modularity are just insane! I hope other pc case companies take note.

PS: kyee7k, here. I purchased the Lancool K7B based on your video review. Thanks.

I wish other companies like EVGA, XFX, ASUS, and Seasonic would send their products your way.

PPS: Do you return the reviewed products to the company or give them away in a contest?