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.
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.
Conclusion: It was probably unreasonable to expect better thermals out of the Antec P280. The enclosure isn't a homerun, at least not in its stock configuration, but it's most definitely a strong base hit.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Our time with the P280 leaves me with mixed emotions. I’m excited to see Antec stepping up again with new designs. They improved on the original P series design with lots of features that bring it in line with what all manufactures are including in their cases now.
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.
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
Summary: One hundred and forty US dollars may sound expensive for a mid-tower case, but the Antec P280 is more than a simple mid-tower case. With nine expansion slots, it fits the needs of the high-end user who otherwise would have to buy a big and expensive full-tower case.
Pros: Air filters for the front and power supply, Support for seven fans, comes with three, Three individual two-speed fan controllers, Nine expansion slots, Vented slot covers, Support for six 3.5” and eight 2.5” storage devices, Rubber rings to absorb vibration and noise from 3.5” storage devices, Su...
Cons: Door can’t be reconfigured to be opened to the right, Some users simply don’t like cases with front doors