Antec's New mini-ITX and ATX Cases

Antec had a couple of mini-ITX cases on display, both at the prototype stage. The first is a mini tower with an external 90W DC power adapter:

The second is a rack mountable mini-ITX case:

We can expect to see both before the end of 2010. Mini ITX is growing in popularity thanks to a steady flow of good motherboards. Clarkdale H5x mini-ITX boards should be arriving soon as well.

Antec also has a handful of new ATX cases. First up is Antec's LanBoy:

It's skeleton-inspired but a bit more normal looking. The PSU can be moved from the bottom to the top of the case. The drive bays can accept drives pointed in any of three directions. There are two 2.5" bays at the bottom of the case.

Antec also offers a LanBoard accessory for rolling your case around. It comes with straps to carry your case/LanBoard around with.

Antec's DF-series cases were also new for CES:

The DF-85 is based on the Antec 1200 but with a different look. The three front mounted fans are removable/relocatable:

Behind the fans are two pairs of hot-swap 3.5" SATA backplanes.

There's also a hot-swap 2.5" bay at the top of the case:

Antec couldn't confirm what SSDs they'd tested the bay with. I'd wait to see if there are any issues with the SATA backplane from a compatibility standpoint.

The fan filters are easily removable as well:

The smaller DF-35 doesn't come with any hot-swap bays:

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  • Calin - Monday, January 18, 2010 - link

    I'm just saying...
    Entry level card (6200 based) - 350 MHz clock, 64-bits, 256 MB video RAM (DDR2 275 MHz) with access to up to 512 MB of computer RAM.
    Compare with an IGP (Radeon 1250, AMD 690G) from AMD: 400 MHz clock and 64-bits access to lowly PC-5300, DDR2-667 MHz in a base configuration.
  • jigglywiggly - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    eee keyboard == useless Reply
  • Totally - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    yeah, it just dumb. There was a lot of uses that I could think of until they said it can only drive the embedded pc, which limited all uses I had for it to zero. Now raises the question why stuff it in a keyboard in the first place and just make it some kind of Ultra SSF nettop with a screen? Reply
  • GeorgeH - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    More like a missed opportunity. Had they integrated a KVM so that the keyboard could also drive a regular PC, this could have been a useful, if niche, gaming accessory. There are a few low-intensity apps (such as IM'ing and browsing FAQs/Walkthroughs) that it would be nice to run on a little "side screen" so that you aren’t constantly tabbing out of your game. If they made the screen able to "break out" and position anywhere, so much the better.

    As it is, though, calling it useless is being charitable.
  • ksherman - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    I dunno... With the built-in ability to stream video to a TV, I could see people using it like those old skool Internet Browsing on your TV devices. Niche, sure. Useless, no. Reply
  • Taft12 - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    Thanks for providing some pictures Anand, we haven't seen enough yet of CES coverage. This has been the most memorable show since the dot-com bust days

    The features in those Antec ATX cases are fantastic, shame the looks are hideous :(
  • buzznut - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    Nice article. I have to agree, I don't care for the direction Antec is going with their cases. The whole plastic grid thing just looks cheesy. Ugly. Reply
  • AznBoi36 - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    You can see pretty much everything about CES at Engadget:"> Reply
  • Locut0s - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    I wonder who's idea it was to place the screen on the side of the E-Keyboard? It looks extremely awkward to use that way. You'd think you'd automatically place the screen on top as a detachable unit. Reply
  • afkrotch - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    or just get rid of it all together, which is what I think the other keyboard next to it is. I don't need extra buttons on a random screen on my keyboard. Reply

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