|Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Saturday, 24 March 2012|
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Antec P280 Final Thoughts
Much like two of my favorite cars the BMW M3, and the Nissan GT-R, I found the Antec P280 with its subtle looks, mute colors, and gunmetal grey front to be very beautiful. However, underneath its rather conventional exterior lies a great amount of power. In the case of the cars, it can propel the driver to great speeds or in the case of the Antec P280 hold a processing powerhouse that can be used for any number of purposes. Even better, like the BMW the Antec P280 is a comfortable daily driver that when not being run at 100%, maintains its silence and composure until the moment that the power is needed. The only thing that I would like to see in the P280 is that Antec would include two more 120mm fans in front rather than forcing the user to buy two more fans if they would like to get the best cooling potential out of the P280.
Antec P280 Conclusion
The Antec P280's performance is exactly as it claims to be, providing users with adequate cooling at an extremely low noise level. I found that with the fans on low the Antec P280 was near silent and even on high, the Antec P280 stayed quiet. Thankfully, the tone given off by the included TwoCool fans allowed them to easily blend into the background. Users in need of extreme cooling performance may need to look elsewhere but for those need lots of space and a quiet computing environment they need not look further.
Although appearance is very subjective, I found the Antec P280 with its subtle looks, mute colors, and gunmetal grey front to be very beautiful. The combinations of colors means that the Antec P280 could easily be used in as a workstation in an office or as a gaming rig at home without look out of place in either.
The Antec P280 is extremely well built with its steel exterior, dual layer sides, and triple layers door make for a very solid feeling case. Unfortunately, although I feel the Antec P280 could stand up to much abuse and last for a very long time Antec has only included a three-year warranty on the P280.
The Antec P280 is about as functional as they come. For a moderate price enthusiasts are given a case that can hold almost any imaginable combination hardware including a 3-way SLI/CFX setup and a large tower cooler. At the same time if users would like to utilize a large number of hard drives, and a low power system the Antec P280 could provide a very quiet home server.
At $139.99 the Antec P280 provides a fantastic deal to an enthusiast. Combine this with a quiet performance, a beautiful design, Antec's legendary build quality, and all of the different options that the Antec P280 provides enthusiast and it appears that Antec may have created a real home run with the P280.
Although the Antec P280 is near perfect especially for our readers who would like their computers to be silent it would be nice to see two more 120mm fans added to the front as it could help drop temperatures a little and give our readers a little more headroom for overclocking. None-the-less the Antec P280 provides a great level of customizability, quiet performance, and a beautiful design without breaking the bank. Because of that, I am glad to award the Antec P280 with Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
+ Sleek design
- 1-year warrenty
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
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