christianh wrote:So the Solo II is a big fail with a top mounted PSU? Something have to be right about it otherwise the Antec engineers would have choosen a bottom PSU in it's design?
You put words in my mouth -- I never said anything like "big fail". What I did say, essentially, is that the bottom mounted PSU case has significant advantages. One advantage the SoloII might have is with a fanless PSU. The top vent allows the heat from something like a Seasonic X fanless or Kingwin fanless platinum PSU to dissipate easily out of the case.
As for why Antec or any other case makers choose any design, I assure you, functionality & efficiency are NOT
always top priorities. Cost, ease of manufacturing, marketability, etc usually take precedence, along with whatever the micromanaging big boss might want in the product.
In the Solo2, it is clear the basic chassis foundation is unchanged from the original. It is the same chassis under the skin of many Antec (and probably other brand) midtower cases sold in the past... decade, I'd guess. Why? Avoidance of tooling cost.