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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [09.29.05]
Manufactured by: Antec

 

Introduction

When we reviewed the Sonata case near the end of last year, the current line-up at the time had been around for quite some time and it appeared that Antec was due for a product refresh. That happened at CES with the launch of several new products and months later, here we are taking a look at some of their newer products. Today, we'll be looking at the TX1088AMG which belongs to the Performance series which is in its third generation.

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record saying this, but the first impressions of the case were good. It was a tad (ok, very) heavy at 30+ lbs, but considering the size of the case as well as the fact that a 480W PSU was included, it is understandable. Just don't be expecting to lug your computer around to any LAN parties anytime soon unless you want to get in shape.

Now, this year has seen some common changes to the Antec line-up and one of them has been the new 270 degree door which Antec claims, allows users to swing their door out of the way when they don't need it. From my experience, it did swing more than previous models, but it was note quite 270 degrees. This is as far as it got without having to force anything. As you can see, this case has ample room for external bays with four 5.25" bays and two 3.5" bays.

Zooming in, we can see the power button and a smaller, harder to use reset button. No real complaints here, but at the same time, there was nothing too notable about the smoothness of feel of these buttons unlike offerings from manufacturers such as Silverstone and Ahanix.

Just below the swinging door, there is a little Antec logo molded into a front face plate.

A little flip and the standard USB, Firewire and Audio ports are revealed.

Price Check

Taking a quick browse aroudn the web, at time of publication this case hovers around the $130-140 range. It can be found at Newegg.com for $139, and mWave for $136. Smaller stores have some deals, such as TechOnWeb for $113. There are certainly cheaper full towers out there, but there are also much more expensive ones. Considering the steel construction and lack of features to make it stand out, the SOHO seems a bit on the pricey side. Especially if you consider that Thermaltake's excellent (if derivative) Tsunami can be found for a little over $100 at Newegg and mWave.

I'd consider the pricing to be 'nothing special'.

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