Remember the Antec Skeleton chassis that surfaced back in September 2008? It was, and arguably still is, one of the coolest chassis' we've ever seen, but it's unique open-air design introduced obvious concerns such as dust and its price tag was such that it became hard to justify.
However, knowing that we all still love to see it, Antec's keeping the open-air trend going and is today officially launching a mini-ITX version of the chassis, calling it the Mini Skeleton-90.
The Mini Skeleton-90, pictured above, sports an obvious resemblance to its bigger brother, but finds itself downsized into a 190mm x 210mm x 230mm frame made of 0.8mm cold-rolled steel and reinforced plastic.
A top-mounted 150mm TriCool blue LED fan should provide ample cooling, and it's joined by a 70mm fan at the rear. Air flow, of course, won't be a problem, and a 90-watt adaptor is included to power the machine.
Inside (if you can call it that), there's room for a mini-ITX motherboard, a half-height expansion card, and support for five drive bays - consisting of one 5.25in bay, two 2.5in bays and two 3.5in bays.
We know that Antec believes mini-ITX to be the next big thing - hence the launch of its mini ISK Series - but we're not entirely convinced by the Mini Skeleton. Sure, it looks outstanding and it'll impress all your mates, but its form factor is usually confined to HTPC use, and we can't see the Mini Skeleton blending into the living room.
Making matters worse, Antec suggests an estimated retail price of $119 - that's only $20 less than the bigger ATX version. We love it, but we're not sure we'd go ahead and buy it.