- Packaging and Specification
- External Impressions
- Internal Impression Part 1
- Internal Impression Part 2
- Test Bench and Installation Experience
When I highlight certain “missing features” over here, reality is that once you start asking for air filters on the sidepanel/front panel, 2x USB 2.0 ports with the USB 3.0 ports, maybe a fan, space between right sidepanel and the rear portion of the motherboard tray is the time when the cost of the case will increase as well.
But if you want all this, all you need to do is pay up little more cash and you choices such as Corsair C70. I would like to include 300R as a choice but to be honest it is rather strange that Corsair designed a good case except it doesn’t have any cable tie clips. But Antec uses brass standoffs whereas C70 is of the same make as the motherboard panel itself- steel. The point is- depending on where you’re living and humidity, pollution, etc. steel will eventually rust. Maybe not during a year or 2 at best. I don’t really like seeing steel standoffs. It should be avoided at best.
With the exception that One S3 comes with USB 3.0 (hence “S3”), the case is nothing more than a competition to NZXT Source 210- at least going by the specs. But then you gain more in Source 210- more space to mount HDD+ 2x 120mm front fan mesh. The only value One S3 gives even above CM Elite 311 Plus are the USB 3.0 headers with 2.0 adapters. This is probably the cheapest case you can get with 2x USB 3.0 headers… for now. Pretty sure many will follow suit. However, note that if you pay Rs. 1,000 more- you get a slightly roomier ATX case, 2-3x 120mm fans and even 1 Inch of space between the rear motherboard panel and right sidepanel at the very least.
But if you don’t really need USB 3.0 ports for whatever reasons- there’s BitFenix Merc Alpha and Source NZXT Source 210. But in the midst of all this, there’s Antec 302- and by the specs and photographs that I saw via Google, succeeded where Antec One S3 tried to succeed.
Newegg has put up Antec 302 with 2x USB 3.0 ports. it is speculation, but it does seem it has more space behind the motherboard tray and it has more HDD space and 2x 120mm front panel fan mesh and if you see it comes with the usual fan controllers for Antec as its mounted in the rear I/O- on top of it, you get 1x 120mm and 1x 140mm Tri-Cool fan. This is how it should be done. This seems to be a better choice with the price of $59.99. The only trade-off? Internal paint job- which honestly you can neglect it because the pros can most like outweigh the trade-off by a mile. Do note that it comes with the same annoying PCI-E connectors as on BitFenix Merc Alpha- but on the bright side, the PCIe slot covers can be re-used.
Google out for Antec 302 and check out the reviews. Indian buyers can take a look at 302. If the cost is a little bit more and you don’t want to spend 4k for a case, go for it.
Antec One S3 comes with a two-year warranty period.