There are a lot of benefits to having a large tower to house your system. For one thing, you can stuff a lot of hardware in large cases, and it's unlikely that you'll ever run out of room. On the flipside, large towers are cumbersome, and often times very heavy. This doesn't matter if your case resides under your desk, but if you travel a lot, this becomes a problem. Where would you go that it would require lugging a PC around? LAN parties of course.
The increasing popularity of the Small Form Factor PCs can partly be attributed to the popularity of LAN parties, but also because desk space is also a concern. The problem with these PCs though is generally; you're limited in terms of upgrade capabilities. Also, expansion is something that won't be easy as you'll only have room for one hard drive (maybe two in some cases), and one optical drive.
Finally, for LAN goers, aesthetics are also important. Other than having some mad fragging skills, and a screaming PC, a nice case is another item that is of importance for bragging rights.
Antec's claim to fame is their case enclosures, and they've been making quality cases for quite some time. They have mini/mid towers that addresses the issues noted above, but the problem with weight still existed. The Lanboy is Antec's answer to those in search of the ultimate LAN party case.
Aluminum mini tower case
Windowed side panel
SmartBlue 350, 350Watt ATX12V power supply with internal illumination
2 Front mounted USB ports
8 Drive Bays:
External: 4 x 5.25", 2x 3.5"
Internal: 2 x 3.5"
Cooling capacity: up to 2 x 80mm fans
1 rear (optional)
1 front (optional)
Motherboards up to Standard ATX
Free case-carrying strap
The case arrived without much damage to the shipping box. The marketing slogan is "Pick it Up", which I suppose dictates that it's light and easy to carry, though I wouldn't hold it in one hand and run around with pigtails. Ok, now with that poor attempt at humour out of the way, let's take a look at the case itself.
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