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The Eleven Hundred Case from Antec

Antec has been making a fairly strong push back into the enthusiast market as of late by sponsoring specific gaming events like Blizzcon and by preparing and releasing new products in the company's very popular lines of chassis.  We have already taken a look at the Antec P280 case and in truth the Eleven Hundred we are looking at today is VERY similar to it.  It is constructed on the same base chassis but has some interesting changes on the doors, the front panel and cooling options.

Even more than just new products, Antec as a company is moving in the right direction internally, addressing customer complaints and re-focusing the company to its core demographics.  Company representative Jessie Lawrence actually sat down with me for an interview (our first edition of The Inside Perspective) last month where talked about new products and how Antec could improve its product line to gain the attention of the enthusiast crowd again.  Based on that discussion it would seem that Antec is aiming to be one of the leaders in cases again.

Today we are looking the beginnings of this promise, the Antec Eleven Hundred.  While the P280 was built towards a user that wants a particularly quiet computing experience, the Eleven Hundred finds itself targeted at performance users; those of us that want more fans, more cooling.  With a retail price of about $120, the Eleven Hundred should find its way into quite a few gaming PCs. 

Look below for our video review of the new case and keep reading for a collection of photos and more input on the design!!

I think the new Antec Eleven Hundred will be exactly the case that a lot of our readers want to see.  While not officially a full tower case, with support for 13-in graphics cards and XL-ATX motherboards, there won't be many people that don't find enough room in this design.  The inclusion of the grommetted routing openings and the HUGE CPU back plane hole are definitely great features to find their way to the Antec lineup.  Things like USB 3.0 front panel connections, dedicated 2.5-in drive bays and the eight (8!!) available 120mm fan location really round out the Eleven Hundred.  

Personally, I still find the mix of performance and quiet design features on the P280 more appealing, though that will depend on your system goals and individual preferences. 

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Continue reading our review of the Antec Eleven Hundred gaming case!!

Antec Will Support USB 2.0 Motherboards In Eleven Hundred and P280 Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2011 - 09:38 AM |
Tagged: p280, gaming, eleven hundred, cases, antec

While it is not often that users upgrade their computer cases without also updating the internals (at least compared to the opposite scenario), Antec still has you covered. If you purchase an Antec P280 or Eleven Hundred gaming case to house your trusty computer components that are only up to USB 2.0 compatible the two USB 3.0 ports are useless as the internal connector will not be compatible. Fret not; however, as the company has listened to user feedback and will now ship users a free adapter so that the front panel USB ports will be compatible with your motherboard (though only up to USB 2.0 speeds, of course).

Antec has been quoted by Maximum PC in stating that “We have hear the feedback you and your readers have given us regarding the USB 3.0 internal connector.”  The further detailed that the specific compatibility issue is with the internal header connection, which would not work with older motherboards.  As of today, users in such a predicament can visit the Antec website’s support page here or call 1-(800)-22ANTEC in the United States to request an adapter. The adapter is free; however, an invoice or other proof of purchase showing you bought one of the affected cases will be required.

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The Antec P280's front panel USB 3.0 ports

I have to say that this is quite good on Antec’s part and it shows that they are really listening to customer feedback. For more on the company, why not check out the latest Inside Perspective interview with Antec?

Source: Maximum PC

The understated 1100 Chassis from Antec

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2011 - 01:41 PM |
Tagged: antec, antec 1100

It is nice to see a return to simple enclosures that focus on functionality after the market spent several years attaching a multitude of lights and using bright colour schemes.  The Antec 1100 is exactly that, a mesh pattern dominates the front of the case and is repeated in the many fan positions on the top, back, bottom and side of the case.  USB and audio connectors are easily accessible at the top of this mid sized case.  You can have up to 9 fans in total cooling this case, or take advantage of the grommets for watercooling with an external radiator.  Drop by OCC for a close look.

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"Taking a look at the sides, I’m quite happy. Personally, I love chassis with large windows – I like to show off my running hardware, even when it isn’t all that impressive. On the Eleven Hundred, the window takes up over half the side panel in width and nearly the full size in height. It also includes two pre-drilled 120 mm fan spots for the addition of your own fans and aid cooling without hampering the view too much. The other panel behind the motherboard tray has a single 120 mm fan location for cooling from the back. This is perhaps one feature that most chassis still don’t provide today. It’s a simple addition and placing a fan here should bring your temps down even more."

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A six pack of 600+ PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2011 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: antec, Enhance, Hiper, scythe, PSU, modular psu

X-bit Labs assembled a number of PSUs to compare; the Hiper M600 650W, Scythe's Stronger 600W, Antec's Neo ECO 620C 620W, Enhance's EPS-1280GB4 800W and the Scythe Chouriki 2 850W.   Most of the models are modular and several have 80+ ratings but unfortunately none stood out as shining examples of a PSU in their particular wattage.  Still, it is nice to see a quick comparison of common PSUs found in prebuilt systems, such as the Antec Neo ECO which was pulled from an Antec Sonata IV.  Check it out here.

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"In this roundup we will discuss six power supply units that offer sufficient capacity for a home computer system. These are the products from Antec, Enhance, Hiper and Scythe."

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Source: X-Bit Labs
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Welcome to The Inside Perspective

Welcome!  The Inside Perspective is a new series on PC Perspective that will take you further behind the scenes of the industry than we typically go, with interviews of industry personnel.  I hope you find these discussions to be both informative as well as eye opening into the world behind the reviews, behind the press releases and the marketing speak that everyone sees on a daily basis.  http://pcper.com/tip

 

The Inside Perspective 001 - Antec's Jessie Lawrence

Antec was at one time the leader in enthusiast and gamer case design and much of what the company built years ago, like the P180 series, has endured years of modifications to remain relevant and these chassis remain some of the favorites of our staff.  However, in the past several years, the case world has seen new entrants, new designs and new feature sets that Antec has been slow to adopt and as such they have fallen out of the leaders position in the mind-set of enthusiasts, even if they haven't in sales in revenue.

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With the release of the new P280 and Eleven Hundred cases though (the former of which we have already reviewed) Antec is hoping to make a resurgence into the enthusiast market.  And while I definitely was impressed with the P280 there is still some work to do and, luckily, Antec knows it and is moving forward in the right direction. 

Recently, Antec's Communications Manager Jessie Lawrence stopped by the office and we sat down for a small interview to ask him about the new case designs, what he likes about working in this cut throat industry and how Antec plans to stem the tides against the competition.

 

While we are getting The Inside Perspective started, we are including it in our PC Perspective Podcast RSS feed.  Also, the video version which we would encourage you to check out can be seen below, embedded via YouTube.  You can be sure to find all of our episodes of The Inside Perspective at http://pcper.com/tip

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Host: Ryan Shrout

Guest: Jessie Lawrence, Antec

Program Length: 13:49

Program Schedule:

  1. 01:08 Introduction
  2. 02:15 Questions about new P280 and Eleven Hundred Cases
  3. 04:40 Target audience for each new case
  4. 05:50 Background with Jessie Lawrence
  5. 09:20 Memorable moments in the industry
  6. 11:20 How can Antec return to enthusiast roots?
  7. 13:45 Conclusion

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Antec pushes forward

Sometimes, when you right something correctly the first time, it still fits:

Antec is one of the most storied brands when it comes to enthusiast class components like cases and power supplies.  Unfortunately, the whims of the gamer change on a breeze as most will swap between company allegiances whenever the performance or features dictate.  Antec has fallen into this trap over the last few years as many in the community moved on from the likes of the ever-present P180 to newer and more innovative designs from other companies.  Having realized this internally and making moves to take care of that slide, Antec is going to start producing some modern cases with improved specifications.

I wrote those words as the introduction to our Antec SOLO II review and they still stand true.  The SOLO II was a good case for its small size but the new Antec P280 attempts to reenergize the excitement around the Performance One series of cases, well known for the P180/190 lineage.  The P280 continues with specific features like the 270 degree swinging door and sound dampening material but does it offer up enough additional features to catch the competition that has passed Antec? 

Check out our video review below and continue reading if you want to see a collection of still photos and our final thoughts!

Overall, I think the new Antec P280 is a great case for the price, coming in at $139 (and likely lower) at launch.  The case offers what I would now call "staple" features like the grommeted cable routing openings around the motherboard and a large CPU cooler installation opening while keeping what made the Performance One series of cases great including sound dampening material on the front door and side panels and the classic swinging door.  Extras like the dedicated 2.5-in drive bays, rubber feet for the standard 3.5-in HDDs, 9 expansion slots and the side access fan filter for the power supply really show that Antec is moving in the right direction again. 

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Continue reading our Antec P280 review for photos and commentary!!

Antec Announces P280 Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2011 - 12:01 PM |
Tagged: antec, p280

Fremont, CA – November 15, 2011 – Antec, Inc. is proud to announce the P280, the newest member of the award-winning Performance One Series.

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The P280 reflects the sophisticated appearance and Quiet Computing engineering of its Performance One predecessors, while offering a new set of features at an attractive price for users building with current- and next-gen hardware.

Continuing the legacy of Performance One enclosures, the P280 integrates quiet technologies such as sound-dampening steel / polycarbonate side panels, a triple-layer front door and hard drive trays with preinstalled vibration-reducing silicone grommets. Its understated aesthetics will appeal to gamers and enthusiasts who prefer a stylish, functional appearance.

Every feature in the P280, from the enlarged internal layout to the air filters & fan mounts, is included to accommodate high-end systems. Supporting up to XL-ATX sized motherboards and four-way GPU configurations, it offers a new level of expandability in the Performance One series.

Understanding the importance of convenience and ease-of-use, the P280 includes tool-less optical drive bays, 3.5” drive trays that are also compatible with 2.5” drives, 30 mm of cable routing space behind the motherboard tray and six total cable routing holes, four of which are grommet-lined. The front & PSU intake filters can be removed without taking off the side panel or tipping the case.

“Performance One has always had a special place in the hearts and minds of our customers,” said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. “With convenience & ease-of-use coupled with an attractive price point, we expect P280 to introduce customers new and old to the next generation of Performance One.”

The P280 reaches store shelves and online retail outlets in late November for North America and early December for Europe with a MSRP of $139.95 and € 139, respectively.

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For more information on the P280, please visit the product page at http://www.antec.com/PerformanceOneP280 and the product overview video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=resILqGJTnc.

Also keep your eye out on the front page for a video review of this case from Ryan in the coming weeks.

Source: Antec

Antec Shows New Eleven Hundred and P280 Cases at Blizzcon 2011

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2011 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged: p280, eleven hundred, chassis, antec, 1100

I hope everyone took at a look at our Day 1 Blizzcon 2011 photos yesterday (and liked our Facebook page for it!), and if you did you already got a sneak peek at the new Antec cases that I am going to feature here today.  Antec has a pretty big presence at Blizzcon including a booth with a lot of ongoing competitions and prizes as well as providing ALL of the cases for the World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III free play areas.

Both the new Eleven Hundred (or 1100 I guess) and the P280 are based on the same basic chassis design but with some interesting differences to point out.  Let's start with the Eleven Hundred:

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Antec's upcoming Eleven Hundred chassis

This case is going to attempt to bring the Antec design back into the world of high performance users and gamers and starts with a full-size ATX that includes plenty of airflow.  You can see that the front of the case includes a pair of fans while the side window does the same. 

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Below the window is a removable fan intake filter for the bottom mounted power supply.  This was actually one of my many requests to case builders - don't make me move my case out of its area to clean the filters!

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Taking off the side panel you can see the removable drive bays and plenty of room for longer graphics cards.

Continue reading our preview of the upcoming Antec Eleven Hundred and P280 cases!!

Blizzcon 2011 Day 1 Photos

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | October 21, 2011 - 07:28 PM |
Tagged: wow, starcraft, nvidia, LG, diablo iii, diablo, blizzcon 2011, blizzcon, asus, antec

Hey everyone!  I am still busily collecting information at Blizzcon 2011 but I thought I would share with you some of the photos I took from the first half of the first day of the show.  If you haven't experienced Blizzcon before (and I hadn't) this is one hell of a celebration of PC gamers.  Even if you aren't a fan of StarCraft, World of Warcraft or Diablo, this is an impressive event with a main stage area seating 15,000!!!

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Check out all the photos on our Facebook page here (available to public as well!)  I'll have some coverage of the Antec, ASUS and NVIDIA booth as well later in the evening so be sure to check back.

Here are a couple more samples, but be sure you check out the link above for ALL of the the photos!!

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Antec's barely there LanBoy Air

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2011 - 06:13 PM |
Tagged: antec, lanboy air yellow

The new Antec LanBoy Air Yellow has a very different look to.  The exterior is almost entirely mesh apart from some very yellow highlights and the design is modular allowing you to remove parts of the case for easy access.  There are quite a few fans installed by default with space for more and two rubber grommets on the back allow for an external radiator for those who prefer liquid cooling.  RealWorldLabs warns that the over $200 price tag may scare some off but they feel the case is worth every penny.

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"The latest Antec offering in their gamers PC case line called the LanBoy Air doesn't only feature a modular design never seen before, very good build quality, low weight and superior airflow but it also allows you to customize pretty much every aspect of it in order to meet your exact needs."

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