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Antec P280 Super Mid Tower Chassis Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. External Impressions Part 1
  4. External Impression Part 2
  5. Internal Impressions Part 1
  6. Internal Impressions Part 2
  7. Test Bench and Installation Experience
  8. Conclusion
  9. View All

The Antec P280 is a super mid tower case made for those who have quite computing in mind. The came has anodized aluminium front door and rest of it painted with gunmetal. The case has 9 PCI slots and therefore officially accommodates XL-ATX form-factor motherboards.

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To be honest, for a Super Mid- Tower that is mostly made of steel, it feels pretty light.

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Antec’s features are covered on the rear of the packaging while the front and the sides give a rough idea about its looks. The top is where you get to see the case’s specification. One thing that’s missing is handling cut-outs on the sides. The packaging is light but its still big.

The packaging is where I began to appreciate this case. It is nice to see someone using something much better and far more reliable than a Styrofoam, a material that I clearly pointed is unfit to protect certain cases.

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Polyethylene Foam is a material that I consider is best for protecting cases. They are not damaged easily unless you cut them and acts as a cushion. Some manufacturers have said that (when it comes to India) the package handling is extremely substandard. That is true, but you can’t deny that a lot of people have that issue- and since companies have a terrible habit of cutting corners, boxes and foam protection are usually the first.

Remember, your case travels a lot even if you are around the Asia Pacific region- from the manufacturer to the exporters to the nationwide distributors and then it reaches retailers. If you order it online, that’s another shipment that such packaging should withstand. At first, I used to think that aluminium cases should have such protection but it applies to steel cases as well, especially Super- Mid-tower cases. Imagine the horror you have to go through if you get a damaged case. You’ll never know at what point these cases were damaged and hence you will probably end up being at dealer’s mercy for a replacement.

To a large extent, Antec packaging in this case pretty much has your back. Polyethylene foam is THE material to use to protect such cases- period. Styrofoam, especially if it is not thick enough and depending on the care taken during shipment- will face certain bashing irrespective of where you live.

6 comments

  1. theres also another flaw in the push pins. You push the pin in to remove in, but when you have to put it back in, you’ll need to remove the rubber base and push it from inside. gum on the feet will eventually wear out. why not just using the usual screw, washer and nut method? the case looks plain but its awesome. a poor man’s lian li super mid tower….

  2. i am very tempted to buy this case, but does have an option like Lian Li where you can change the top/front panel like how lian li has? Antec should update this case with 4x USB 3.0 ports on the front, followed by 2x 140mm fan mount on the top.

    can you suggest me any cases around $130?? i live in south airport line, Texas.

  3. Did you check out SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ04B-E and Corsair 650D? Prices for cases in Amazon seem to have magically got a $10-$15 on its own so do check out the reviews on other sites.

    I am afraid I can’t say about these cases. 1 because I dont silverstone for reviewing and Corsair is blacklisted as they’ve asked me to do favourable review of a particular product to which I refused to do so and series of situation escalated that the communication is terminated. besides I doubt the cases I’ve mentioned support xl-atx form factor.

    That’s why I gave Antec P280 an award, despite being an older case. If they update it with a 140mm mount with a 120mm optional mount on the top panel, this will be great.

    If you need more help, you’ll have to mention the system configuration.

  4. oh wow! never thought a brand like corsair would do that…

    but I wanted with xl-atx since I am planning for dual GPU setup and
    haswell. i dont want to spend a lot of money on a case so p280 made
    sense. do you think thinking of grabbing 800D makes more sense?

  5. depending on your system configuration. this supports eatx formfactor officially, but I think you could squeeze in a board with xl-atx formfactor but i’ll need to confirm it. but if it works out and you can afford it, yeah.

    personal preference is solid steel. you can take a look at cm storm stryker/trooper as well if you’re still sticking with xl-atx formfactor type, plus you’re getting a lot for your money’s worth.

    This is the review link of the CM Storm trooper. Stryker is the white version of the case
    https://hardwarebbq.com/product-review/cm-storm-trooper-sgc-5000-kkn1-pc-chassis/

  6. looks like bitfenix ripped the designs of p280 and improved it…

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