CES 2010: Antec showcases Dark Fleet PC enclosures, high efficiency power supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2010 - 11:48 PM |

Antec introduced the PC Perspective team to their new line of Dark Fleet series PC cases and high efficiency power supplies during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Created for gamers and PC enthusiasts, the LanBoy Air is a modular, portable open air mid tower case with a completely original design. The LanBoy Air’s versatile framework allows for extensive air ventilation and is able to handle the latest cooling demands of gamers, professional users and system builders. The case is equipped with up to 15 fan slots and sports honeycomb mesh panels for optimal cooling. The enclosure is cooled by five fans (two front adjustable speed 120mm blue LED fans, two 120mm TriCool blue LED fans and one rear 120mm TriCool three-speed blue LED fan) and has room for up to seven optional 120mm fans to cool hard drives and graphics cards.The LanBoy Air features nine interchangeable drive bays (six internal 3.5” HDD bays and three external 5.25” HDD bays), eight expansion slots to support 3-way SLI configurations, exchangeable motherboard and power supply locations and supports mini-ITX, microATX and standard ATX motherboards.

The DF-30 features a military-style front bezel and a 2.5” hot-swap SATA drive bay on the top of the case. The entire front bezel isn't your standard plastic "snap on" design, but has three doors that house three 120mm fans with individual fan controllers to adjust fan speeds and reduce noise. Antec included five 120mm fans with the DF30, but the entire case can house seven 120mm fans. The entire chassis has been painted with a matte black finish, which goes well with the honeycomb fan filters and tough-looking plastic exterior.

The DF-85 has a similar design to the DF30, but it goes a bit further because of its full tower chassis design. This case has 14 drive bays and one 2.5" hot-swap SATA drive bay. The side panels are lockable and there are two two 140mm fans at the top of the case, two 120mm fans mounted to the back, and three 120mm fans mounted on the front panel of the case that include speed control knobs.

The SG-1200 joins the Signature series as a quality, efficient and robust power supply option designed to meet the demanding requirements of PC enthusiasts. The 1200 watt model is the first Antec power supply to achieve 80 PLUS Gold certification. Additionally, Antec claims the SG-1200 is at least 87 percent efficient on a wide range of operating loads. The advanced design of the SG-1200 features eight dedicated +12V output circuits to divide power evenly throughout the system. This power supply features over current protection (OCP) on all rails for greater system protection.

Lastly, we sat down with Antec and looked over a table full of new notebook coolers. These coolers included the Notebook Cooler Basic, Notebook Cooler Designer, Notebook Cooler Mini, and the Notebook Cooler Stand to name a few. The Notebook Cooler Basic is a passively cooled, lightweight solution designed for use with up to 14″ Mac and PC notebooks. The Notebook Cooler Designer is a slim, lightweight form factor designed to fit comfortably on the lap or compliment any desktop replacement arrangement. Compatible with up to 15″ Mac and PC notebooks and a 110mm blower that spins at a quiet 800 RPM, the USB-powered device draws in heat from the bottom of the notebook and exhausts it safely to the rear.The Notebook Cooler Mini is designed for the utmost portability and cooling effectiveness. Designed for use with up to 17″ Mac and PC notebooks, and featuring an 80mm blower, Antec’s smallest notebook cooler is able to cool notebooks on the go, while angling the notebook’s keyboard and screen for maximum ergonomic comfort for wrists and eyes. Rounding out the line is the Notebook Cooler Stand, which is suitable for Mac and PC notebooks up to 15″, which provides users who use external keyboards and mice with a convenient solution for their system.

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