|Antec Sonata Plus 550 Case Review|
|Page 2 - Design and Features|
|Page 3 - More Features|
|Page 4 - The Power Supply|
|Page 5 - Conclusion|
Formerly known simply as the Sonata Plus, this new case from Antec adds some power to an existing classic with the inclusion of a NeoPower 550W modular power supply to make this new concoction, the Sonata Plus 550, something to be sought after.
When we first opened the box of the Sonata Plus 550, we found the case was not wrapped in plastic like most other cases, but instead it was shrouded with a white fabric covering, and when we got it out of the box we realised why. The cloth covering is to protect the Sonata’s glossy piano-black finish from any possible marks or scratches during transport. Sadly it didn’t take long after it was out of its box to score a few marks on it – by means of my careless hand, as I was silly enough to touch the side of the case and leave a very obvious handprint, how dare I do such a thing!? After cleaning it off I was actually able to take some photos and have a proper look at the case and its features.
The front panel of the case is covered in silver brushed aluminium, which surrounds the matt-black plastic drive bay covers, with the necessary buttons and LEDs etched along the sides of the silver panel. Also around the front panel are a few trimmings done in a copper colour, namely around the 5.25” drive bays and up and down each side, it’s only painted plastic but it’s a good separator for the black and silver, and is certainly different – in a good way.
The top and sides as mentioned before have a very glossy black finish to them, it reminds me a bit of a car’s paint job so much so that’d I’m almost tempted to get the car wax out and give it a couple of coats and make sure it’s protected. It really is a great finish though, much better than the usual boring matt-black we see on the majority of cases these days. A few years ago, black was cool and different, now it’s taken over from beige as the norm, so it’s good to see Antec can still separate themselves from the herd.