Antec LanBoy Air Case Review

By on February 24, 2011, 2:00 AM
Antec has earned a reputation for extraordinary case designs such as the Skeleton, Dark Fleet, Hundred and ISK series, but late last year they unveiled what's arguably their most unique and striking case yet, the LanBoy Air. At first glance you can tell this is an enthusiast and gamer-oriented product. Antec touts the LanBoy Air for its highly customizable and modular design. Weighing 20.3 lbs (9.2 kg), the case can be outfitted with an insane fifteen 120mm fans -- so you know the "Air" moniker belongs in its name. Perhaps more intriguing, nearly every part of the case is modular, even the motherboard and PSU mounts.
It also comes as good news that the Antec LanBoy Air starts at $150, which is not a bad price point for a unique case offering these days. Let's check out in better detail what Antec has got in store for us. Read the complete review.




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Punkid said:

Did you guys get a new camera? 'cause the pictures look nice :p

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Steve Steve said:

Same old DSLR that I have used in all my other reviews, but thank you!

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Nice review, Steve. With all those power tools, I thought you were disassembling the original Ironman suit rather than the LanBoy Air . Unfortunately, I'm that gamer with multiple hard drives who also happens to work in a fairly dust-prone environment. I'm gonna have to give this case a pass and maybe look into getting a Corsair case for my next build.

yorro said:

A ***** to clean without canned air.

Stupido Stupido said:

LanBoy... meh...

To me Lanboy should have been something more like LianLi/Silverstone type of mini-ITX case...

having in mind gigabyte's H55N-USB3 with nice i5 and juicy GPU... that kind of build I would consider as a LAN machine...

I would rather call this "CageBoy"...

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I quite like it...Looks rough 'n' ready.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

At first glance I thought cool! and then my nerd brain kicked in with all the issues this would have. I was gonna post them but Steve got them all. lol!

But what I don't really get is if this case is designed for air then why even bother with having the holes for watercooling. Also, why even have the handles if you have to unplug and replug the HDs every time you move.

Hopefully they'll throw this back into the thinktank and maybe come up with something better.

princeton princeton said:

You'd think they would have learned when the original antec 900 became a vacuum replacement. Now their cases use dust filters. I fail to see why this one doesn't.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Good review, and you mentioned the two biggest things that came to my mind the instant i saw the pictures of this thing... how on earth are the case fans going to do anything, and it's going to be a huge pain to clean the dust out of it. They obviously wanted the look of grates and screens everywhere, but it must make the case fans just about worthless. They wont' be able to create any air pressure to force the warm air out. maybe I just don't get it.

And i'd still need to get over owning a case called 'LanBoy'. Makes the Thermaltake Armor look MUCH more appealing. [link]

w3b0n said:

its nice if you live in a garage

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Now those tools you have there for size comparison, are those the regular 16 oz ..or the 20 oz?

QuaZulu QuaZulu said:

The guys over at Maximum PC evaluated this case and said that it's cooling was actually very good...but they had the same concern over dust: [link]

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Steve Steve said:

Now those tools you have there for size comparison, are those the regular 16 oz ..or the 20 oz?

Red please don't be silly, it's obvious they are the 20 oz models. Haha

I really hope no one else knows that you are on about or we will end up with another 3 pages of crap LOL thanks for the laugh though

Placeholder Placeholder said:

Lan-Boy sounds like it should be John Deere green, 2-cycle, and have a bottom exhaust.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Unplug the hard drives to move it? Fail.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

In Keeping with the DeWalt Theme.....

Here's the mother lode of tacky black and yellow, over priced DeWalt product...... [link] . I'm especially fond of the boom boxes.......

Hey, you started it.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

If you're going (tacky) yellow and black then I think this is a little more understated -and probably more practical. (Dis)Honourable mention to our second-place contestant.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

If you're going (tacky) yellow and black then I think this is a little more understated -and probably more practical. (Dis)Honourable mention to our second-place contestant.

Almost as tacky as mine ey Chef? :

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Steve Steve said:

Here's the mother lode of tacky black and yellow, over priced DeWalt product...... [link] . I'm especially fond of the boom boxes.......

Hey, you started it.

haha good one, I bet you are a Ryobi man because they get the job done no fuss :P

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

haha good one, I bet you are a Ryobi man because they get the job done no fuss :P

NO!...he's a Ryobi fan because they have better calendars.:p

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Almost as tacky as mine ey Chef? :

???

Isn't yours an acrylic ? If so, then I'd probably put it in the challenging category- cable management/hiding, easily scratched and cooling (plexi being an insulator rather than a radiator of heat) come to mind.

I thought your other chassis were a HAF 932 (rather a good chassis I think) and a DF-85 ? (the need to mount the PSU upside down and pulling hot air off the graphics card doesn't thrill me but seems serviceable)

Now, if you're talking non-performance parts (CCFL's), that's an entirely different matter...

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Now, if you're talking non-performance parts (CCFL's), that's an entirely different matter...

yup, thats it!

[link]

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Each to their own I guess.

I have built a few systems with CCFL's -they just don't appeal on a personal level. Most builds I put together for people who want a windowed and highlighted case I now steer towards getting smaller individual LED spotlighting of components (fixed mount) or sheaving an individual LED/Halogen cable in flexi narrow-guage steel shower tubing for a flexible mount (handy for changing out parts if you plug the light into a second PSU or bridge the pinouts on the 24pin ATX).

I generally find that fully lit builds can be a little obtrusive. They also tend to highlight everything -including the boring bits- to the extent that highlighting everything is, to a degree highlighting nothing since everything is highlighted equally -if you get my drift.

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Steve Steve said:

Brick Tamland: "I love lamp."

haha how things go off topic fast, but still a fun read, continue

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

haha how things go off topic fast, but still a fun read, continue

I believe I will Steve

I now steer towards getting smaller individual LED spotlighting of components (fixed mount)

well...I use those as well (the 5 light LED at the top) and there is one in the Holodeck as well....it turns the from 230mm red LED fan purple.

[link]

does that count? :p

No boring bits..its all beautiful...can you imagine how many CCFL's I would need for this? At least a dozen 12''ers just for the cow catcher.

of course , I'm gonna need a bigger case.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I thought that was the case!

Rip out the boiler and window the side, ditch the wheels for some added bling, and maybe some tasteful ground effect lighting.

The tender looks ripe for a kick-a*s subwoofer box

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I thought that was the case!

Rip out the boiler and window the side, ditch the wheels for some added bling, and maybe some tasteful ground effect lighting.

The tender looks ripe for a kick-a*s subwoofer box

Now that's a Capital idea!...or is it capitol?, I can never keep those two straight.

Your idea of 'tasteful' has migrated i see :p

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I thought that was the case!

Rip out the boiler and window the side, ditch the wheels for some added

Na, leave the boiler in,and install a steam turbine to power the video cards. Then send the wheels out to be chrome plated. Eight 5 or 6 foot high drivers and their linkage all chrome plated, now that's bling!

Oh my, we're off topic. Do you think we could get back to Antec's "bumblebee chic". offering? I doubt if it would, "float like a butterfly", but it might sting your wallet.

Now that's a Capital idea!...or is it capitol?, I can never keep those two straight.

"Capitol" the funny domed building in Washington DC where all the parasites work.

"Capital", the money they steal form the rest of us. I hope that clears that up.

("Capitol" also Washington DC in general).

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

"Capitol" the funny domed building in Washington DC where all the parasites work.

"Capital", the money they steal form the rest of us. I hope that clears that up.

("Capitol" also Washington DC in general).

What took you so long?

Oh my, we're off topic. Do you think we could get back to Antec's "bumblebee chic". offering? I doubt if it would, "float like a butterfly", but it might sting your wallet.

It is without a doubt, the most expensive sawhorse I've ever seen.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The "Antec Lanboy" was advertised recently by Newegg, (Email notice). The gaudy little turd is down to a $129.95! (After $20.00 MIR, of course).

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