Conclusion: Few things are as satisfying as a good bargain, and we reckon we've found one in Antec's latest mainstream chassis. Dubbed simply the One, this is a £40 solution that ticks more boxes than you'd expect. Finished completely in black and built of steel (albeit thin steel) it has a quality feel that defies the price tag.
Summary: In terms of first impression, the Antec ONE does a great job. It takes a different approach than one of the main competing cases, the Fractal Design CORE 3000, by offering better build quality, USB 3.0 along with a noticeably different internal look and functionality. As Antec is clearly rebooting their entire case line-up, the ONE chassis may as well be the thing the company needs to really put it on the map again in terms of price/performance.
Pros: Very good construction quality, 2x USB 3.0 ports, Unique interior design, Huge opening in mainboard tray, Functional tool-less HDD cage, Two additional 2.5" bay above and below the 3.5" HDDs, Two 120 mm fans included, Extruded sides for more space, Long graphics cards should easily fit, USB 3.0 adapter included, Dust filters for PSU, Tool-less system on all drive bays
Cons: Break-out covers in mainboard expansion slots and backplate, 20 mm cable space may be tricky for some configurations, Plastic HDD clips may not hold so well.
Conclusion: In terms of design Antec have tried to cram a number of key features into this chassis for minimal cost. That means support for USB 3.0, SSDs, significant GPUs and even their Kühler liquid cooler range, though that may not be the market for this particular price range. The ability to add two further fans is a bonus and the larger space behind the motherboard combined with the rotated drive bays makes wiring the system relatively easy.
Summary: The Antec One is a good option for users on a budget. Its price is right, and we can definitely recommend it for users who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a computer case. We see as its main competitor
, which has a few advantages over the Antec One, especially the presence of air filters. On the other hand, the Antec One has two 2.5” bays and two USB 3.0 ports. (The NZXT Tempest 210 has only one of each.
Excerpt: The Antec One Hundred Window is a variant of the One Hundred mid-tower enclosure that has a side window to show off your beautiful components inside. And the best part is its neutral look and affordable price tag. Check out our findings.
Pros: Fan controls provided, Spacious for budget casing (fits graphics cards 11 inches long), Solid build quality
Cons: No exhaust holes for bottom-mounted PSU, No USB 3.0 support, Not a tool-less chassis
The Antec One Hundred isn’t really a new case on the market, so I can’t really say that it has features that wow me, however I am impressed by the unique method to install an SSD in this case. I am disappointed with some of the issues I had during installation, including the problems with the motherboard. I wasn’t really impressed with the very basic interior to the case.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. The author's experience with the product may differ significantly from your own.
Summary: The Antec One Hundred kept the system temperatures within optimal working levels when the fans were set at the very quiet 'default' fan speed setting and lowered the temperatures even further when the fans were set to 'high'.
The Antec One Hundred mid-tower case is definitely one of the lower priced gamer cases available. It is currently priced at $49.99 from NewEgg.com and Amazon.com is offering free shipping for the same price.
Pros: Excellent cable management options, Very high build quality for a budget case, Convenient and durable top accessory tray, 4 front panel USB 2.0 ports, 8 PCI Expansion slots, Pre-installed 120mm and 140mm adjustable two-speed exhaust fans, 3 optional fan mounting areas: two in the front and one on the side, Bottom mounted power supply, Fully perforated front panel design for high airflow, Very large motherboard cutout for aftermarket heatsink backplate installation, To...
Cons: No dust filters on the bottom half of the front panel, No exhaust or enough height clearance at the bottom so PSU has to be mounted with the fan facing upward, Short front panel audio cable, No reset button
Excerpt: What does less than $100 get you among today’s selection of cases? Believe it or not, there are quite a few options like Corsair's Carbide 200R and BitFenix's Raider come immediately to mind. Antec’s One is their newest entry into the low cost market but its price of just $60 makes this one of the least expensive entry level enclosures around.