- Packaging and Specification
- External Impressions
- Internal Impressions Part 1
- Internal Impressions Part 2
- Test Bench and Installation Experience
Here’s the problem:
- There’s no 2x 120mm fan mount. Rather you have a 1x 200mm fan (possibly sleeve bearing) mounted horizontally on the top panel. Providing 2x 120mm fans is more useful than a single 200mm fan. You don’t get many 200mm non-sleeve bearing fans compared to 120mm counterparts, let alone 140mm.
- The sound from the 200mm fan in full speed is audible.
- There’s no 2x 120mm fan on the front.
- The front panel air filter should have been on the case rather than on the front panel frame.
- Annoying experience when installing 2x 2.5” SSDs at the same time.
- No filters on the left and right sidepanel.
- Plastic pushpins for the case feet.
- Should provide EPS extension cable.
- Most header and front panels connector cables need to be longer.
- The grommets are glued.
Let’s be realistic, this case is made to be cheaper than P280 obviously. But how cheap is it?
The prices for P280 are as follows:
Do note that these prices are via Flipkart which is currently pricing a lot of good more price than what they cost, but Antec P280 costs Rs. 8,500/- INR in PC H/W Retail stores.
And for Eleven Hundred:
Keeping this in mind and since the framework on Eleven Hundred is as same as P280 with some minor cash difference but a lot more offerings, why would you NOT buy P280 over Eleven Hundred? That’s why P280 got a value for money! Plus not to mention the “unofficial” support for at least some XL-ATX form factor. Sure, it’s a minimal design for a lot of people’s taste. But- how many manufacturers sell a tower as big as this under Rs. 10,000 INR/ $120 U.S./ £95??
The only point that didn’t let the case slide down to “not recommended” to give Corsair 500R some company rating is because it uses the same framework as P280. It’s as strong as P280.
But you need something more, you can consider CM Storm Trooper/Stryker. You get a handle beautifully bolted on the top panel itself, and you get all the fans you’ll ever need to start with- air filters wherever you need them- and it’s not as minimalistic as P280 it is. But CM Trooper/Stryker costs more than P280. But at least, CM provides an 8 EPS extension cable, not to mention 2.5” X-Dock on the front is a plus. But at the end of the day, it’s more on you and if you will utilize these cases to its full potential. P280 and Trooper are 2 cases that will be a lot preferred by workstation builders- and also hardware enthusiasts.