Antec LanBoy Air ATX Case Review

By Julio Franco · 30 replies
Feb 24, 2011
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  1. 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.

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  2. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

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

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Same old DSLR that I have used in all my other reviews, but thank you!
  4. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    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.
  5. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

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

    Stupido TS Booster Posts: 66

    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"... :D
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I quite like it...Looks rough 'n' ready.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    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.
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    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.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    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.
  11. w3b0n

    w3b0n TS Rookie Posts: 38

    its nice if you live in a garage
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

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

    QuaZulu TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +10

  14. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    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 :)
  15. Placeholder

    Placeholder TS Rookie Posts: 21

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

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Unplug the hard drives to move it? Fail.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,535

  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  20. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

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

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    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...
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    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.
  25. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Brick Tamland: "I love lamp."

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

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