If you are looking for something between a full tower case and a small form factor system, then this Antec ARIA might just be for you. The pros include its quiet 300 Watt power supply and shock resistant mounting screws, but the cons are the card reader is exposed and there is only room for one hard drive. Read on for details and pictures so you can see for yourself.
Antec provides the Do It Yourselfer (DIY) with whatever they need to get their new computer up and running such as enough power and cooling to do the job and a nice place to put it all, in an Antec case. The specifications of the Antec ARIA Micro-ATX Cube case are available on the Antec ARIA Micro-ATX product page.
Included in the package is the normal stuff for a computer case, with the exception of the Antec Slot Cooler that is provided. The manual is very detailed and for good reason, but I will go into that a little later when I get the installation. Here a look at the front of the ARIA:
These pictures show the front connectors, 2 x USB, 1 x FireWire, 1 Mic Input and 1 Speaker Output, and above that are the Card Reader slots that support Compact Flash I&II, SmartMedia, SecureDigital, Multi-Media-Card, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro and MicroDrive.
The big issue I have with the layout of the front bezel is the Power Button and Reset buttons are on opposite sides of each other. I will state during assembly why this bugged me so much. Also, there is only one LED on the front bezel and it is for the Hard Drive activity. There is no Power LED as normal, and you will see why in the next picture below:
Those two very bright LED's on each side of the case are the power LED's. It took me a few minutes to figure that out and why there was no Power LED on the front bezel as usual. I believe the look is great and that Antec did a very clever thing with this. These two LED's gives it a DIY Mod look.
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