Antec is known for computer cases of two types: with maximum soundproofing and with attractively-priced gamer-oriented design.
The three relatively new products from Antec we are going to discuss here come from these two categories, too. The Antec One is positioned as an affordable gaming model. The roomier Eleven Hundred is a new flagship model of the gaming series and is designed for top-performance gaming stations including configurations with three top-end graphics cards and XL-ATX mainboards. Comparable to the Eleven Hundred in its expansion opportunities, the Antec P280 additionally offers advanced soundproofing.
So, let’s have a closer look at them and see how well they implement the declared capabilities.
The Antec One (and its modifications One S and One S3 which differ in exterior design and accessories) occupies the bottom position in Antec’s gaming product range. The Three Hundred and Two Hundred models we’ve already tested and the new One Hundred are all positioned higher than the One at the manufacturer’s website and cost more in retail.
The exterior design is quite conventional. The Antec One has medium dimensions, a meshed façade and is all painted black.
There are but few I/O connectors on the front panel: just a couple of USB 3.0 ports as well as headphone and microphone connectors. The Power and Reset buttons are implemented in a simple but handy way. The Reset is large enough to be pressed with a finger and they are far enough from each other for you not to press a wrong button accidentally.
The blue Power indicator isn’t very bright (it seems bright in the photo because the camera was directed right at the LED and had a long exposure) while the red indicator of disk access is almost inconspicuous. This indication is okay with us. The LEDs are informative but won’t be distracting even in darkness.
The One is unexpectedly light for an Antec at less than 5 kilos but it can rival products made out of thicker metal in robustness. The chassis stays firm when you try to rock it with the side panels taken off. This must be due to the numerous creases, stiffening ribs and other reinforcing elements all around this system case. Even the poles of the disk rack are connected to each other with a honeycomb mesh to increase the overall rigidity.
The Antec One is roomy enough to accommodate expansion cards up to 266 millimeters long. Considering that most graphics cards are no longer than 260 millimeters today, this should be enough for the majority of PC configurations. Those who want to install a longer (and more expensive) card will surely be able to throw in some extra money and buy a roomier case.
Although affordable, the One is painted black both inside and outside.
You can spot a robust stiffening rib below the expansion slot brackets (which are not reusable, except for the topmost one). It certainly helps make the chassis stronger, but gets in the way when you’re trying to install your PSU. The PSU bay is equipped with vibration-absorbing rubber pads.
There are openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system in the back panel, as is typical of modern gaming products, but their diameter is rather small.
There’s an easily removable dust filter for the PSU bay below the bottom of the chassis. It’s funny that the manufacturer added this filter without providing any protection against dust for the rest of the chassis.
The lack of a dust filter on the side panel might be expected but there’s only a decorative faceplate in the front. We don’t like this cost-cutting measure at all.
There are even latches there that might be used to fasten a dust filter frame, yet the filter itself is missing.
We are sure the mentioned latches are really meant for a dust filter because the front fan is fastened in a different way, to the chassis (and in an economical way again: with just a couple of long screws diagonally).
Yet another low-cost detail about the Antec One is its hard plastic feet which do not suppress vibrations and do not prevent the system case from sliding across the floor.
The cable compartment behind the mainboard’s mounting plate isn’t large and the latter has no cutout for the CPU power cable. We can also note that, unlike more expensive solutions, the openings for cables have no rubber covers.