|Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Saturday, 24 March 2012|
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Closer Look: Exterior
An enthusiast case is in some ways an extension of the person who owns it. Each user has certain styles that they appreciate in their life and many times a case can be found that matches their style. Some people want a flashy case that screams "LOOK AT ME!", other enthusiast want a sleek, modern looking system. Antec designed the P280 with the latter enthusiast in mind using a simply and yet elegant design utilizing blacks and greys as its primary colors.
The Antec P280 keeps its design simple all the way around, using a simple aluminum cover for front door with the Antec logo stamped on it. But, this door is not as simple as it first appears as Antec P280 utilizes a triple-layer aluminum, plastic, foam core to help block out as much noise as possible. This design helps block out some of the noise that would be created by the fans inside of the system making for a quieter system overall.
From the rear, you can see Antec P280 is great for everyone but the neediest of customers. It provides nine expansions slots, the openings needs for a water-cooling setup, and high/low switch for the included Antec TwoCool fans.
Continuing with their attention to detail the bottom of the Antec P280 includes rubber feet to help prevent vibrations inside of the P280 from being transferred to the floor which could create noise.
Much like the rest of the P280 the top of the case was kept simple and elegant, with two exhaust 120mm Antec TwoCool fans, a power switch, and a reset switch.
Behind the tri-layer door Antec continues with the simplicity of its design in the P280 with its three 5.25" drive bays, openings for two more 120mm intake fans, and a removable filter for the system.
Unlike many cases that utilize a front door the Antec P280 places its USB, and audio ports outside of the door allowing the users to plug in peripherals with the added benefit of the silence that the tri-core door can provide when closed.