Antec is a well known name in the computer industry. Widely recognized for its case and power supply product lines, their markets also stretches into many other product categories. We've worked with many Antec cases and power supplies over the years here at circuitREMIX, and haven't encountered a product that we couldn't recommend to our readers.
Today we're taking a look at one of their new cases, the One. The One is different compared to the other Antec cases we've worked on, as it's one of their value oriented offerings. Most of the other cases we've reviewed were from the Performance One series, which are generally very feature rich, but come in at higher price points. The One on the other hand is Antec's lowest priced case in the Gamer series.
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro ATX (mATX), ATX|
|Drive Bays||3x 5.25", 5x 3.5" internal, 2x 2.5" internal|
|Expansion Card Slots||7|
|Front I/O Ports||2x USB3.0 (or 2xUSB 2.0 with included adapters), HD Audio (in/out)|
|Cooling System (front)||120mm intake (optional)|
|Cooling System (rear)||120mm exhaust (included)|
|Cooling System (top)||120mm exhaust (included)|
|Cooling System (side)||120mm intake (optional)|
|Cooling System (bottom)||120/140mm intake (optional)|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||463 x 241 x 530mm|
The front of the case is simple, following the style defined by Antec in the whole Hundred series of its cases. Essentially, the One has a minimalistic design with a high emphasis on cooling. Fully blacked out, the front of the One is generally comprised of two parts. The outer framing is made out of black plastic, and the centre is covered with black perforated steel. The lower half of the front is fully vented, which easily allows cool air to be pulled into the hard drive bay. I found the perforated steel to be relatively thin and not resistant to dents. For example, if the case was on the floor and it was accidentally kicked, it may be dented from the impact. It would therefore be a good idea to have this case on a desk and not the floor. While not included with the stock case, there is a 120mm fan mount at the bottom of the front.
The top of the front panel offers two USB 3.0 ports, which is becoming more and more common for cases in this price range… which is always great for the consumer. There is also an included USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 cable converter (motherboard header) if you currently do not have USB 3.0 headers on your motherboard. The headphone/microphone jacks provide connectivity through standard AC97 or HD Audio motherboard headers. The blue hard drive and power LEDs are relatively small which could make is difficult to see LED activity.
The sides of the One have a flared out design, which allows an extra 1/2" space behind the motherboard tray for cables. Although this is fairly limited in available space, a limited amount of cables can be run behind the motherboard and attached with the supplied zip ties.