Date: October 26th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
While the LanBoy Air has some impressive specs, they are only the beginning. You won't be able to get a real feel for the innovative feature set and nearly boundless configuration options until you can get a closer look at this amazing chassis. But, for starters, let's just go over some of pertinent features. The LanBoy mid-tower comes in red, blue or yellow trim (our review sample is blue,) and sports five included cooling fans with optional placements for ten, count ‘em, ten more! The dimensions and weight are about what one would expect for a chassis like this, but the LanBoy may be a bit on the heavy side. Not to worry, as Antec incorporates a couple of handles for transportation purposes. There is plenty of room for drives, and the LanBoy supports a couple of 2.5-inch drives and USB 3.0 as well.
The LanBoy Air comes in a shiny white box featuring an exploded case graphic on the front, giving the potential customer an idea of what the case can do. Around back, Antec uses three words as headings to list some of the features of the LanBoy; Modularity, Flexibility and Customizability. Now, I'm not sure that “customizability” is actually a word, but it perfectly describes the LanBoy Air, as we'll see a bit later.
Inside the box, the LanBoy Air is wrapped in a heavy plastic bag and nestled between two foam blocks to protect it during transit. Antec also covers vulnerable areas of the chassis with additional plastic sheeting to assure the LanBoy arrives in pristine condition. Judging from this example, the packaging is more than up to the task.
Inside the case, there is a cardboard box containing five sets of Antec's innovative “AirMount” HDD mounts (there is another set pre-installed in the chassis, bringing the total to six) and they also include a zip bag containing a product overview sheet and some cable ties. Antec doesn't ship a hardcopy user's guide or manual with the LanBoy Air, but it's available for download from their website and I would strongly suggest that potential customers give it a careful read before purchase. It would also be wise to print a copy before opening the box, should one decide to get one of these babies. The LanBoy Air has so many features and configuration options that it would be a shame to miss any. The manual can be seen HERE .
After opening the case, I was confused by the lack of installation hardware. After taking my own advice and looking over the manual, I found that Antec stores most of the installation goodies in a plastic toolbox at the bottom of the front panel, secured to the chassis with a pair of flat-head screws. We'll go over these in more detail throughout the rest of this review.