Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: A good PC build should always start with a good quality enclosure, and the Antec Performance One P280 is certainly a very well built and designed enclosure. It has plenty of room inside, good cooling performance, and noise levels are very low. All in all, it’s an excellent PC enclosure. As I write this article, I found the Antec Performance One P280 for £109.99 including VAT .
Pros: Sleek minimalistic looks that just ooze quality., Excellent cable management., Excellent and easy to maintain air filter arrangement., Excellent noise and vibration dampening performance., Tool-less 5.25" drive bays makes for easy fitting and removal of optical drives., 6x 2.5"/3.5" drive trays with acoustic dampening., Dedicated 2.5" bay for 2x SSD or HDD., Good cooling performance with excellent air flow around the enclosure., Can accommodate motherboards with an XL...
Conclusion: P280 continues to impress us just as the whole Performance series has done so far. There’s some innovative things in the P280, like the 2.5″ hard disks slots. Unfortunately, they did not work just as I thought they would and the aesthetics of the slots isn’t what I’d expect them to be. However, despite this the P280 proved to be well worth the money. There’s enough space in it, the cable management system is good and the case did not resonate during our tests.
Summary: The Antec P280 Case is the perfect option for a quiet computer build. With acoustic dampening material inside, this case will reduce any computer noise to a minimum. The overall design, build quality and styling is great and it's not going to break the bank. There's lots of drive bays, fans, cable management and much more.
Conclusion: The Antec P280's performance is exactly as it claims to be, providing users with adequate cooling at an extremely low noise level. I found that with the fans on low the Antec P280 was near silent and even on high, the Antec P280 stayed quiet. Thankfully, the tone given off by the included TwoCool fans allowed them to easily blend into the background.
Pros: Sleek design, Triple layer front helps prevent internal system noise from escaping, Solid construction will allow for years of faithful service, Large amounts of space for almost any combination of hardware, Nine expansion slots allow for users to effectively use a 3-way SLI or CFX setup
Cons: 1-year warrenty, Very heavy, Door could get in the way if the 5.25" drive bays a frequently used.
Conclusion: The Antec P280 is a well-thought-out case that will serve as an expandable, flexible home for just about any mix of high-end components you might want to install. Its looks are subtle, the build quality is very high, and given the $139.99 MSRP, we can’t complain about much being missing. This case should last through your next build and, considering the space inside, provide more than enough growing room for the one after that, too.
Pros: Built-in sound-deadening material, Very spacious interior, Understated design
Cons: 2.5-inch drives stick out farther than expected inside chassis, No front-panel eSATA port
Summary: There is a lot to like about the Antec P280. Sure, she's a little chunkier than her predecessor, but the added internal space can be put to good use housing everything from quad-GPU monsters to ironic mini-ITX builds. The P280 can tuck away more hard drives than most sane people would consider installing—especially at today's street prices—and it features plenty of forward-looking SSD mounts as icing on the cake.
Summary: The newest Performance One is about a third lighter than the P183 without sacrificing much in structural integrity. The P280 feels a bit less substantial overall as a result, but still quite sturdy against its competitors. Some of the features left behind in the P183, like the partition separating the power supply and the big removable drive cages, won't be missed.
Pros: Good performance with both low and high configurations, Stock fans have improved acoustics, fan speed switches, Spacious, plenty of clearance for heatsinks, video cards, etc., Great cable management, Front USB 3.0 with internal header, Solid construction, Dampened side panels
Cons: Top mounted fans unusually loud, particularly at the center, Possible issues with side panel fit, Inconvenient fan hub location
Excerpt: The air filter for the power supply fan is accessible from the left side of the case, which makes it easier for you to clean this filter. On competing products, this filter is removed either from the rear or the bottom of the case, which means you have to move or lift your case. (Depending on your configuration, it may be very heavy.