The custom gaming PC business is still booming, and people are still
looking for ways to get creative and make their own builds unique. Antec
has been a long-time case and power supply maker, and the company's
newest chassis is definitely one of the more interesting ones that have
been introduced in recent years. It's called the LanBoy Air, and it's an
open-air chassis that is designed quite differently from most.
The case uses top-to-bottom mesh construction, which provides for tons
of airflow. There are also five 120mm fans and space for ten more, and
since it's huge, you can fit up to 11 total drives in here. It also
holds your drive in suspension in order to reduce vibration, and
tray comes complete with a CPU cut-out and the
power supply unit (PSU) mount is situated on the bottom of the chassis.
In addition, both the motherboard tray and PSU mount slide out for easy
installation and can
be repositioned for increased customization.
Being such a massive case, it's not the cheapest out there. It's on sale
for $219.95, and a video below showcases the highlights.
Antec Releases One-of-a-Kind Open-Air Chassis: The LanBoy Air
Modular chassis gives users the freedom they need to push the limits of creativity and performance
Fremont, CA – September 28, 2010 – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the LanBoy Air: Antec’s state-of-the art, fully-modular chassis designed to provide extensive customizability and flexibility to high-performance PC gamers, modders and workstation users.
The LanBoy Air sports unprecedented top-to-bottom mesh construction for extensive air ventilation and includes five 120 mm fans (two front-adjustable speed 120 mm blue LED fans and three 120 mm TwoCool™ two-speed blue LED fans) with space to mount up to 15 total fans. The fans are positioned to create positive air pressure, bringing cool air in and around hard drives and graphics cards, and expelling hot air and dust through the chassis’ perforated panels.
The LanBoy Air has an entirely reconfigurable interior with 11 total drive bays (including nine modular bays to accommodate six internal 3.5” drives and three external 5.25” drives.) The 3.5” drives can also take advantage of Antec’s exclusive AirMount™ suspension mounting system, which suspends hard drives in the drive bays, reducing vibration and increasing ease of use. Additionally, the 5.25” and 3.5” drive bays can be easily configured in three horizontal orientations: facing the front, right or left to accommodate users’ desired chassis arrangements. This chassis also comes with two internal bottom-mounted 2.5” SSD drive bays.
The chassis’ motherboard tray comes complete with a CPU cut-out and the power supply unit (PSU) mount is situated on the bottom of the chassis. In addition, both the motherboard tray and PSU mount slide out for easy installation and can be repositioned for increased customization – meeting the exacting demands of end users as well as system builders.
The LanBoy Air has space to fit graphics cards 15” and over and also features two rugged carrying handles for easy transport while at LAN parties, eight expansion slots, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0 port) and a convenient bottom-installed tool box for hardware and screw storage.
“Antec’s Skeleton was universally lauded as the most innovative chassis ever. The LanBoy Air builds on the Skeleton’s open-air frame design, combining it with a familiar form factor and fully modular construction,” said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. “This chassis offers our most avid users the platform they need to push the limits of what they imagined possible in high-performance system design.”
Among its accolades, the LanBoy Air was awarded the prestigious COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Design & Innovation prize for excellence in design quality in the “Components and Parts” category earlier this year.
The LanBoy Air is available now for an estimated price of $219.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors and is backed by Antec’s Quality 3-Year (AQ3) Limited Warranty on parts and labor.