Summary: This case is big yet subtle looking and smooth to touch. You can tell the material, at least the steel parts, are of high quality. As I was working on my rebuild, it became obvious that Antec as expected put a lot of thought behind every design decision. The ample space and positioning to hide the cords are are highly useful. The power supply on the bottom is a neat idea, though I was barely able to get the ATX power cord to the very top of the motherboard.
Summary: The case made for an easy build. There are enough reviews out there espousing its benefits, so I will just comment on how to make it even better. The case is marketed as a "silent" case and it has certain features that help in that regard. A foam lined front cover and heavy aluminum side panels dampen the noise. "Antec 2" fans are used for cooling, they have a low and high setting that can be adjusted from the back of the case to suit your sound/performace desires.
Summary: This is a well made case, love the cable storage behind the Mother Board and the fans themselves are quite and move quite a bit of air. Sound Dampening, errr, not so good. I use stock cooler for my CPU so it is partly my fault, it sounds like a plane, but my graphics card is loud also, and I notice that is kinda rush and roulette trying to get a quite graphics card.
Summary: For a "mid tower" this is a big case. I needed a lot of bays for RAID arrays, it fills the bill. Very roomy - accepts large air cooling units or would be an excellent choice for water cooling with plenty of room for reservoir, pump, etc. Top of case looks ready for a radiator. A few minor nits to pick that together added up to a star, but I really wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Summary: A nice upgrade from the P180 series. The side panels are similar to the 900 series of cases. The case comes with 3 fans but allows 5 external fans. I suggest picking up two 120mm fans to add to your air intake.
Pros: This is a very roomy case allowing plenty of room for large graphics cards and many hard drives/ssds. There is room for plenty of 120mm fans and it allows the use of the Corsair H100. Lots of thumb screws for the side panels and the PCI slots. The cable management is very nice and allows for a very nice clean looking case.
Cons: Some PSU power cables will not reach the 4/8 pin CPU power because of the additional PCI slots. This can be fixed by using an extender. The 2x 2.5 inch drive slots are not placed well. The side panels are not as nice as the P180 series.
Summary: Several years ago I used Antec's P180 case to build my main desktop system. While I liked it overall, some of the design aspects were annoying, such as the separate compartment for the power supply and the subsequent limited room for running cables. When I finally decided to build a new one this year, the Antec P280 rose to the top of my list. In general, Antec kept everything that was good about the P180 and discarded most of what was bad.
Summary: I ran out of space in "Cons", so here's one last bullet:
Pros: For the sake of this review, I'm going to compare it to my pride and joy: The Antec P180. Prior to the P180, I would buy a new chassis every 6 months, at least. Once I got the P180 I knew that was it. The perfect case. Except of course the awful cable management through the "hole" between the primary and secondary sections.
Cons: Well, this case is not without its faults. With the lower price comes a few cuts. First off, the sides of the case are NOT made out of the same nicer material as the front, and none of the panels are remotely as nicely finished or material quality as the P180. I've got both cases side by side here, and the difference in quality is obvious to the touch. I don't go around rubbing my cases, so it's not a deal breaker. It still looks very monolithic and dominant, yet simp...
Summary: Fantastic case! Definitely was bigger than I imagined, but once I started laying in my components I was very thankful. There is ample room behind the Mobo for cable routing. The case is pretty tall, so my 8-pin aux power did not reach to the top of my x58 motherboard behind the motherboard so i had to route it the normal way. Noise levels of this case are a huge improvement over my last el cheapo case.