Antec is one of the most famous case manufacturers on market. Recently they announced the newest case in their Performance series which is called P280. It is a midsized tower case which follows the famous P180-series. We will take a look at it and see if it can compete against its older brothers. Let’s see what it has to offer!
Check their webpages at www.antec.com for information about the company.
|Case Type||Super Mid Tower|
|Color(s)||Black with gunmetal anodized aluminum front door|
|Cooling System||• 2 x 120 mm top TwoCool™ exhaust fans
• 1 x 120 mm rear TwoCool™ exhaust fan
• 2 x 120 mm internal intake fans (optional)
• 2 x 120 mm front intake fans (optional)
• Fan power hub allows you to connect four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management
|Drive Bays||• 3 x 5.25” tool-less drive bays
• 2 x 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)
• 6 x 3.5” / 2.5” drive trays
|Front Ports||2 x USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector
2 x USB 2.0
|Expansion Slots /
video card size
|• 9 expansion slots
• Maximum video card size: 13” / 330 mm
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height||6.7″ / 170 mm|
|PSU||No power supply included|
|Motherboard Support||XL-ATX [13.6” x 10.3” (345 mm x 262 mm)], Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX|
|CPU Cutout||Enlarged CPU cutout|
|Cable Management||30 mm of cable routing space behind motherboard tray|
|Side panel features||None|
|Dimensions||• Unit Dimensions:
- 526 mm (H) x 231 mm (W) x 562 mm (D)
-20.7” (H) x 9.1” (W) x 22.1” (D)
• Package Dimensions:
-575 mm (H) x 290 mm (W) x 630 mm (D)
-22.6” (H) x 11.4” (W) x 24.8” (D)
|Weight||• Net Weight: 22.3 lbs / 10.2 kg
• Gross Weight: 26.5 lbs / 12.0 kg
The exterior of the Antec P280 remind me of the older P180-series as well as the famous Fractal Design cases. In general the P280 has a very simplistic look. It is not made to be impressive with flashy lights, innovative curves or anything like that but has a chic look to it. You can clearly see immediately that quality has been the key factor when designing the P280. Not only can you see it but you can feel it! The front panel is steel in color and the rest of the case has a couple shades of black on it.
I took a picture of the case from another angle. The front panel is covered with a large door which is hinged from the left side. As I have said before in many case reviews, I’d want the manufacturers to make it possible to change the side of the hinges. Not everyone of us will keep the computer on ones left side.
Behind the door we find three 5.25″ slots. The lower part of the front panel is covered with a large dustfilter. Opening the bottom part of the front panel should provide nice airflow through the case and as the hard disks are located right behind the dust filter, they should not get very hot in normal use.
The dustfilter is easily removeable and is washable with water. The filter has thick fencing attached to it so the dust won’t get in to the case.
P280 has six front panel connectors: Two USB2.0 slots, two USB3.0 slots, microphone slot and headphones slot. These are all located in the top section of the front panel and area available even without opening the front door.
On top of the case there’s two buttons; one for power and one for reset. Having the buttons on top of the case is handy if the case is located on floor, but can be a bit problematic if the case is in a shelve or on top of your desktop. Therefore, it seems that P280 is designed to be on floor.