Date: October 29th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As you can see, the Skeleton doesn't look like any computer case you're likely to have seen before. Antec characterizes it as an open air case with good reason. The boxy traditional chassis has been replaced with more free-flowing, organic look that's also well designed and economical in terms of hardware placement and space usage. The reinforced plastic frame provides a robust and stable platform for the mounting fixtures we'll be discussing in more detail as we proceed with this review.
Here's a graphic from the online manual showing the general layout of the Skeleton chassis. The modular, open design should make installation a snap while providing easy access to the components for future upgrades. At the same time, this chassis may not be ideal for users with small children and/or pets.
Probably the most dominant feature of the Skeleton case is the “Super Big Boy” 250mm LED cooling fan and housing. This big boy provides cooling airflow over the entire motherboard area and fan speed and lighting can be controlled by the two switches indicated by the arrow.
The component tray is secured by two captive thumbscrews (one of which is indicated by the green arrow.) When released, the tray glides effortlessly on a metal and plastic track system. Releasing a couple more catches allows the tray to be completely removed from the case. The motherboard tray is also removable after taking out a couple of screws and releasing it from its clips.
The PSU tray can be removed by lifting the chrome tab and it rides on a similar track system. The PSU will be installed sideways (with the customary four screws) as opposed to front-to-back which may present some cable management issues. We'll see.