For some reason I expected the top 250mm fan to be really noisy. However, it turned out very quiet, but capable of creating a powerful airflow even at the minimal 400 RPM.
A three-step switch allows increasing the fan rotation speed to 600 RPM or to 800 RPM, but it will be quite audible in the latter case. There are six holes in the fan retention frame, each with three color LEDs inside: read, green and blue. It is a fully-fledged RGB (red-green-blue) although no one combined these colors, of course. When the system is on, these LEDs light up all together or one by one following a special algorithm and the transparent fan blades glow in different colors, which looks really beautiful. Due to a rotating fan and the use of pulse-width modulation method for LED brightness adjustment, we can see different amazing color ornaments on the fan blades, each lasting a few seconds, before the mode switches again.
Theoretically, you can use a special button to select one suitable color or combination of colors, or disable the LED lighting completely, however, I doubt that anyone will often do it. There are two reasons for that. First, even though the LEDs are very bright, you cannot really see it, unless you somehow look at the fan from beneath. Normally you see reflected lighting that is not annoying at all. On the contrary, it is very entertaining to watch the colors and shapes change. The second reason is a little more down-to-earth: the set color mode will not be saved anywhere. Every time you turn the system on, the fan will start working in its default mode, changing colors dynamically. I doubt that anyone will use the button to adjust the LED lighting to his or her liking every time the system is powered on.
The color combinations change in consecutive order. The list below describes all possibilities (the numbers stand for the number of times you need to press the button):
0 – colors change dynamically (default)
1 – constant blue
2 – constant green
3 – constant red
4 – blue and green
5 – blue and red
6 – green and red
7 – blue, red, green
8 – no LED lighting
Working with this case is a real pleasure: everything is so quick and easy. Of course, it is the result of tremendous effort put into the development of this solution, when each little trifle, each potential obstacle a user may ever face is carefully taken care of. As a result, we have a unique system case that provides easy access to all system components, excellent cooling at very low level of noise and sensational exterior looks.
Of course, there are certain things a potential Antec Skeleton owner should keep in mind. First of all, you have to pick your system components very thoroughly, if you want to end up with an acoustically comfortable system. The first things that come to mind in this respect are the CPU and graphics card coolers, however, a loud hard disk drive may also spoil the impression. There is one more aspect that is not directly connected with the case itself, but is part of any working environment. I am talking about dust. The case is completely open and has no filters of any kind. Keep your workstation clean and your Antec Skeleton will always look as good as new. Finally, there is one more limitation that I would have never thought about, if it hadn’t been for the user’s manual: pets. Things may turn real ugly if your dog sticks its nose into the case, a kitten crawls in to stay warm or your favorite bird decides to clean its wings beneath a 250mm fan.