Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Antec P280 like many of the Performance One series cases receives an aluminum face for the front bezel/door combination, keeping a similar styling cue that reminds you of the beginnings of the series. In the quest for silence, the front bezel offers a triple layer design of metal, foam and plastic to deaden the noises, while the side panels use dual layers - one the metal panel and the second is a polycarbonate applied to the inside of both panels. This leaves the exterior flat without any designs or windows giving the exterior an understated appearance. A couple of differences externally is that the power and reset buttons have been moved from behind the door to the top of this chassis, and there is the addition of two 120mm fans to the roof of the P280.
Inside the chassis the older compartmentalized concept was pretty much thrown away in lieu of a much better interior in my opinion. In the front of the chassis there is room for a pair of optional 120mm fans that would install under the three 5.25" bays and external covers. Behind the fans, under the tool-less optical drive bays there are dedicated bays for two 2.5" drives that work with one thumbscrew to mount each of them. Under that pair of bays you will find the six 3.5" bays that use plastic trays that also accept 2.5" drives and use a silicone rubber washer system for anti-vibration measures. Behind the drive bays there is a pair of plastic clips that will allow for yet another pair of optional 120mm fans to be clipped on the inside of the rack.
Moving to the motherboard tray that accepts boards as small as a Mini-ITX, or as large as an XL-ATX motherboard, and around it are six wire management holes with rubber grommets, ten places to tie wires to, and one of the largest CPU cooler access holes in any case. This leaves us with the rear of the chassis that holds a 120mm fan and has nine expansion slots for cards up to 13" long. This rear fan and the pair mounted in the top of the chassis are TwoCool fans and are pre-wired to a set of switches at the top of the back of the P280.
I can go on and on with what this chassis offers, but I can only fit so much on this page. I will be sure to cover more as we go through all of the images and as I conclude this review. At this point I want to talk about the part that means the most to our wallets, the pricing. As I type this I am still under the NDA agreement and there is no availability to speak of just yet. Through the email correspondence in setting up this review, the guide I was given does list the MSRP that Antec feels this chassis should sell well at, and I have to agree with this assessment. As I read it, Antec is releasing the P280 for $139.95, but it isn't just what you get with Antec for the money, it falls more on what else Antec is offering above and beyond any of the competition in this price range.
Hang in there, let's see what the packaging offers so I can dive into the chassis and show you why I am so impressed.