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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

Like P180, a great pc case back in the days is plain and simple with no flattery designs- usually made for those keeping gamers mind. Unfortunately, most of these really good cases with XL-ATX form factor but pretty much everyone makes plastic moulds on the front and top panel and aim towards gamers. Don’t misunderstand. I am not saying its wrong, there are people who wouldn’t need all that. P280- least by the looks of it, takes that sweet spot.

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The case comes with the required screws, few extra brass standoffs and a spare silicone grommet for the HDD tray, but the case doesn’t come with a detailed instruction manual so you’ll need to get a copy via online. A Little bit of inconvenience, but if you know what you’re doing/ you can figure how to put a system together, no worries here!

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Moving on…

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The case has a door on the front panel with aluminium finish (note: not brushed aluminium finish), you open it up and you’ll see 3x 5.25″ bays with a removable air filter for 2x 120mm fan mounts.

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There are no front panel fans mounted on the top, but rather Antec mounted their 2x 120mm fans on the top panel and connected it to their fan controller hub (you’ll get to know about it) where you can access it at the rear I/O. Antec lets you mount 2x 120mmx 25mm fans only. There’s no optional mount for 140mm fans. Also, as can be seen in the top Corsair AF series (with blue ring installed) fans, the case lets you install on 2 opposing corners. Not really a con, but it could use a rubber grommet between on fan mounts (unless the fans you have come with pre-installed fan mounts).

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The door has 2 hinges, one is to open the door and second one is to push to the door towards the left side panel, incase you want to keep it open at all times. There’s also a handle on the bottom to support while carrying, however I wouldn’t really recommend using it with all the hardware mounted inside the case.

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The quality of the plastic door and the front panel body is of very good quality with sturdy build and matte black finish. Also, there is a large enough routing holes for the fans, big enough even to push through the Molex connectors. The door has a magnet bit to keep it in placed while its closed, but do note that the magnet on the door is stuck with a glue and in in my case the magnet did come out. Antec needs to use a stronger glue but not that strong that would damage the part of plastic that holds the magnet. The inner part of the door has a foam-type material for dampening sound.

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From left: LED light, Audio jacks, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 followed by another pin hole LED light.

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As mentioned before, there are 2x 120mm fans mounted towards the top as exhaust followed by a Power and Reset button on the top. Rest of the top panel is plain. There are no 140mm mounts on the top panel as well.

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The under-belly of the case is as plain as it can get- and there’s no additional 120mm mount on the base. At first I thought the case-feet are hard plastic, but the actual feet is made of silicone.

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The feet is very soft gel type surface. Also, Antec has a removable dust filter for the power supply that slides out from the left panel view. This is the first time I realized that since most of the systems will have their Rear I/O section faced against the wall, it makes a lot more sense to have slide in/out from the sides, mostly from the left sidepanel view. This is smart!

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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