OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
WHAT WE LIKED:Great design, sleek looks, quiet, LEDs that are not super bright, tons of room behind the motherboard tray, space for E-ATX boards with 9 expansion slots, room for 2x SSDs AND 6x HDDs, space for up to 7 120mm fans, room for a 2x120 radiator, rubber case feet, vibration dampers for HDDs, unique SSD mounting options
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Could use an extra cable routing hole near the bottom of the motherboard area, cable routing grommets still pop out of the tray, why are the power LED wires shorter than the rest? Knockouts?!
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Quiet computing is becoming all the rage these days. People are sick of hearing their systems sound like jet engines all the time. Manufacturers are realizing this and a lot of them are coming out with reduced noise or low noise “quiet” products. Antec is no exception. They have their own Quiet Computing section with cases intended for low noise, featuring the Performance One family and the Sonata family. The latest addition to the Performance One family is the P280. The P280 is available in four different flavors – black or white and with or without a window. Antec was kind enough to send us a P280 in black to review, so let’s get to it!
Here’s a little about the P280 from Antec:
“Sophisticated Performance Refined – Sophisticated and cutting-edge, the P280 emphasizes the ease of use, quiet technology and unparalleled performance characteristic of Antec’s Performance One series. This advanced enclosure comes equipped with features that will maximize your PC experience, from Quiet Computing™ panels & HDD drive bays, to grommet-lined cable routing holes with ample space behind the motherboard tray. The P280 accommodates motherboards up to XL-ATX and includes nine expansion slots to support up to four 13.0″ / 330 mm graphics cards. And with convenient tool-less optical drive bays, easy-access front & bottom PSU intake air filters, two front panel USB 3.0 ports and an affordable price, you get an elite enclosure that will last you for builds to come. “ – Antec
Let’s take a look at the P280’s features and specifications on the next page.