|Antec Eleven Hundred Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Tuesday, 22 November 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The IO panel on Antec's Eleven Hundred gaming case is split into two parts. The power and reset switches reside on the top while the ports face forward on the bezel. I like the switches separated from the ports because it prevents accidental presses when plugging or unplugging devices.
The Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred both had the IO panel at an angle that made it awkward to plug and remove devices. Sure, it didn't take long to get adjusted, but it's a non-standard interface. Antec repented and gave us a standard interface that's tried and proven. To sweeten the deal they threw in another USB 3.0 port to give a total of two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. This provides compatibility with any motherboard and prepares the Eleven Hundred for compatibility with future hardware.
In addition to nine expansion slots, the back panel of the Eleven Hundred has a fan controller with room for three separate controls. One control is dedicated to the top-fan. It has one spot for an LED on\off switch and one spot for a speed control switch which was merely cosmetic (no switch). The other two controls were empty, to be filled at your pleasure (or displeasure). Even though the controls say "REAR", the rear fan supplied with the case has a three wire power jack and no controls. It seems like they did this much work already, what kept them from following through and providing all the features that were apparently intended?
Lots of fans are usually attended by some number of filters. The Eleven Hundred has filters in the front and filters on the bottom. The bottom filters slides in at the bottom and is removable from the left side. I prefer this arrangement over a filter that removes from the back, but I'm waiting for the filter that can be removed from the front. The side and back are often obstructed, but the front of a case is almost always the most accessible. My filter got jammed inside the case after sliding against the desk wall. I had to open the side panel to pry it loose.
The front panel can be popped off with a firm tug. It houses three front plates for the 5.25" drives, each with a removable dust filter. Under these is another large, removable filter. This is another departure from the Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred which both had standard drive covers down the entire face. I like the long mesh panel since it breaks up the repetitive structure of the front panel. Both the front and bottom filters are wire mesh mounted on a rigid plastic.