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: 's One is intended to appeal to the mainstream market, offering a case that has many enthusiast level features at an extremely low price. Some of the finer features of the One include the two 120mm exhaust fans, tool-less drive installation, power supply intake filter, power supply anti-vibration feet, large CPU bracket cut-out, and plenty of options for cable routing. This is all offered without the premium price that enthusiast cases typically have.
Pros: » Large CPU backplate cutout, » USB 3.0 internal connection, » Good cable management, » Power supply fan filter easily removed for cleaning, » SSD drive bays, » $45 shipped
Cons: » No included intake fan or filter, » Expansion covers are not reusable, » Cable routing holes partially covered by motherboard
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.
Summary: Overall, the features really sell the Antec One. I quite enjoy the tool free design that Antec uses. The 5.25" ODD drives snap into place and feel completely secure. I've had issues with many higher end cases with the ODD drives feeling secure on the snapped side, and a little loose on the opposite end. My ODD drive wasn't budging at all. The 3.5" tool free rails were a simple and easy install, as well.
Pros: Price, Bottom Mount PSU, Tool Free Design, Two 120mm Fans (Top and Rear), Quiet Operation, Washable Filter Under PSU Intake, Two USB 3.0 Front Ports, Adapter to Convert USB 3.0 ports to 2.0
Cons: 10.5" Max Video Card Size, Break Away Expansion Port Covers, AMD Motherboards Have a Tight EATX12V Fit
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.