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: Once again our love for the Performance One is shown. The new P280 is one of few cases on the market with a front door panel that I would say I would go out and purchase. It is not often we find a case with a door that has the clean sleek lines of the P280. This is a trend that had been carried down from older Performance One series cases.
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.
Summary: Antec has shown once again with the P280 that it is still possible to engineer a unique chassis at an excellent price point without having to resort to generic tooling or crazy designs. The P280 looks simple, but offers an excellent and solid feature set. From the fans, which can be set to high or low speeds and are pre-wired within the chassis to the additional 2.5 inch bays, the chassis focuses on functionality.
Pros: Silent operation, Three TwoCool fans included, Built-in fan controller, Nine motherboard expansion slots, Two special 2.5 inch HDD bays, Seven HDD tray with excellent anti-vibration measures, ODD locks hold well, 30 mm space behind mainboard tray, Massive opening to access the CPU cooler backplate, Plenty of openings in tray for easy cable routing, Removable dust filter in bottom and front of chassis, Additional fans can be installed on HDD bays for push/pull configur...
Cons: Front plastic quality a bit too soft, Only 120 mm fans in the ceiling - 140 mm or larger would easily fit, Sound dampening may not be very effective, No real manual, Silver screws instead of black ones