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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Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Antec has a real winner here with the P280. Its sleek and simple styling is effective while not being over the top.
The P280 has plenty of interior space and can hold up to E-ATX boards. Couple this with the support for two SSD’s and six HDD’s and it would make for one heckuva’ little server case.
There is TONS of room behind the motherboard tray for cable routing which is a great feature to have when you have a case this big.
The P280 packs a ton of great features into one clean case: room for up to 6x HDD’s and 2x SSD’s, secure and easy tool-free 5.25″ mechanisms, support for up to 7x 120mm fans, side-slide PSU air filter, double-hinge door, rubber-coated thumb screws, soft rubber case feet. We can’t forget that I couldn’t even tell that it was on at first because it was so quiet. There are a great many things to like about this case.
However, there are some trade-offs with the P280. The audio cable could be longer. There could stand to be another cable routing cutout or two near the bottom of the motherboard area. You need to remove four screws to remove the front panel. And, finally, they’re still using knockout plates in the 5.25″ bays. Weighing the pro’s with the cons, and factoring in a $109.99 shipped (for the black non-windowed version) price tag, plus a three-year warranty, and you’ve got a great silent PC case! Taking everything into account, I have no issues at all giving it our PureOverclock Great Hardware award!