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Antec Eleven Hundred PC Chassis Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. External Impressions
  4. Internal Impressions Part 1
  5. Internal Impressions Part 2
  6. Test Bench and Installation Experience
  7. Conclusion
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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:

India U.S. U.K.
Rs. 9,558/- $115.09 £89.99

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:

India U.S. U.K.
Rs. 8,862/- $119.99 £90.22
Antec cases made a good impression on me. Antec’s P280 reminded me of the good times I had worked with Corsair 600T. Now the reason I am saying is that Corsair 600T- for a mid tower case- is insanely roomy- almost enough to comfortably convince you can mount an E-ATX form factor. That’s how mid-tower cases that cost more than Rs. 5,000/- or USD 90 should be! If not, then the case should have enough features to make up for it! Antec Eleven Hundred is a mid-tower case, but looking at the paper specs it almost qualifies as a super…

Review Overview

Build Quality - 7.5
Space - 9.5
Cable Management - 8.5
Fan Mounts - 6.5
Expandability - 9
Features - 6.5
Value for Money - 6.5


BBQ Score

Summary : Throw in few notes and buy P280, you’re doing lot more justice for your money. You get the tray mounts which will let you install 2.5” drives wherever you want. Let’s not forget the silicone mount for 3.5” drives on those trays to absorb vibration? You get a mount of 2x 120mm fan on the top with pre-installed fans and you can route them and mount them on the front. The grommets are clipped so they’re going to stay in their place. You don’t need to open the front panel to remove the filter that is on the panel and not on the chassis- all you end up doing is open the door and remove the front panel air filter. Simple!!! On top of it, there’s an extra layer on the sidepanels to dampen any noise and the case feet on P280 has a soft silicone base.

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.

One comment

  1. i think with the same case design, they can provide 240/280 rad mount on the top this case and this case will become a stunner. its even kinda weird why would they not have mount grips on the rubber grommets but P280 is way too minimalistic design for my taste and I really hate the front panel door. No $100 chassis comes with no mounting for rads since everyone makes then now so once they do that they need to have a white black combo color type on the case. that will be an excellent stunner….

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