- Packaging and Specification
- External Impressions Part 1
- External Impression Part 2
- Internal Impressions Part 1
- Internal Impressions Part 2
- Test Bench and Installation Experience
Antec’s P280 is a super mid tower case made for those who have quite computing in mind.
The came has anodized aluminium front door and rest of it painted with gunmetal. The case has 9 PCI slots and therefore officially accommodates XL-ATX form-factor motherboards.
To be honest, for a Super Mid- Tower that is mostly made of steel, it feels pretty light.
Antec’s features are covered on the rear of the packaging while the front and the sides gives a rough idea about its looks. The top is where you get to see the case’s specification. One thing that’s missing are handle cut-outs on the sides. The packaging is light but its still big.
The packaging is where I began to appreciate this case. Its nice to see someone using something much better and far more reliable than a Styrofoam, a material that I clearly pointed is unfit to protect certain cases.
Polyethylene Foam is a material that I consider is best for protecting cases. They are not damaged easily unless you cut them and acts as a cushion. Some manufacturers have said that (when it comes to India) the package handling is extremely substandard. That is true, but you can’t deny that a lot of people have that issue- and since companies have a terrible habit of cutting corners, boxes and foam protection are usually the first.
Remember, your case travels a lot even if you are around the Asia Pacific region- from the manufacturer to the exporters to the nationwide distributors and then it reaches retailers. If you order it online, that’s another shipment that such packaging should withstand. At first I used to think that aluminium cases should have such protection but it applies to steel cases as well, especially Super- Mid tower cases. Imagine the horror you have to go through if you get a damaged case. You’ll never know at what point these cases were damaged and hence you will probably end up being at dealer’s mercy for a replacement.
To a large extent, Antec packaging in this case pretty much has your back. Polyethylene foam is THE material to use to protect such cases- period. Styrofoam, especially if its not thick enough and depending on the care taken during shipment- will face certain bashing irrespective of where you live.