Antec's Performance Series P70 is one of those cases where the price will attract you to it, and on paper, it seems like it should have everything you need in a mid-tower design. Of course, the mix of the old 900 with the Performance series brethren is attractive, and this chassis would be good for gaming or even as an HTPC, as it will blend into the background and not be very flashy in that environment.
The bumps on the sides do help some, but as we discussed, they aren't without issues. The fan controls are nice to have, and we like that they at least offer dust covers for the connectivity ports that face upwards and would otherwise fill with dust over time. We also like the option to close off the top of the chassis, but we honestly would rather have the fans in the front and a solid top panel if the one we are going to get is all bent up and funky to look at.
For everything we sort of liked, there seemed to be an equal or worse thing about this case that puts us off. First off is the plain lack of quality control. While companies want us to email them and report damages so they can send us a better case, why should we do that when it is then the customers who are the only ones getting screwed? The box does not show the damage needed to bend the side panel, and there is nothing inside that would bend the 3.5" drive rails out of alignment; it all boils down to lazy or fed up employees in the factory, all the way from the person smashing steel sending screws in, and to the person at the end of the line that passed this chassis and allowed it to be boxed.
The reality is, even for this price, it seems like we took a timewarp back 10 or 15 years in the past when cases were just a box to hold your goods, and people were more accepting of imperfections. The problem is, in today's market, if you fail to produce quality goods, there are only say 20 or 30 other newer companies more than willing to take your customers away from you.
Of course, this all just may be bias since we are seeing so many amazing cases lately, but the lack of attention to detail and the fact that this is happening in house and not on the road makes it so much worse in our opinion. One look at the box and we thought we were good to go, but after opening things and taking a close look around, there is just too much thoughtlessness to be accepted. Even though, if you shop around for the best deal, and grab this chassis for $54, we still feel you are paying too much.
Considering this chassis released with an MSRP of $69.99 is almost laughable at this point. We feel you will want to look past the Antec P70 mid-tower chassis and find a wiser solution to spend your hard earned money on.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||40%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||40%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||58%|
The Bottom Line: Knowing the factory is where all the issues stem from does not lead us to want our readers to have these sorts of issues. No matter the cost or feature set, nobody would be happy with the Antec P70 we received.
PRICING: You can find the Antec P70 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Antec P70 retails for $54 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: The Antec P70 retails for $77 CAD at Amazon Canada.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Antec P70 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the P70]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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