Antec One Gaming Series Mid-Tower Case

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.


Specifications

Case Type Mid-Tower
Color Black
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
Weight 10.8lbs

The Antec One Gaming Series Mid-Tower Case

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.


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Comments

Lack of filters

You cannot tell me that installing a dust filter for the main intake (the front optional 120mm fan) will add much to the manufacturing costs. I wouldn't even worry if it was a manually installed filter that you have to unscrew or pop of the front to access. Just a few little metal clips and 5 cents worth of plastic will ensure that the case doesn't become a dust vacuum. It my firm pre-req for all cases (even cheap ones). No intake filters, no purchase. < /rant>

just built a system with this

just built a system with this case on Saturday. one of the best bang-for-buck cases I've ever seen! true its not the sturdiest case but it does have a lot of the features that high-end cases have, just a slightly cheaper version. I had no problems hiding ALL the cabling behind the motherboard tray. the trick is to lay the wires out in a big loop that spans from the front edge of the motherboard tray to the back edge going around the zip tie spots on the tray. it will look like a sideways ohm symbol. and make sure to lay all of the molex/sata headers flat! if I could upload pics i'd show you what it can look like, not a cable insight. true, I did use a dozen or so more small zip ties than provided. I also moved the top exhaust fan to the front bottom for air intake, as having only exhaust did not make sense to me. this is what the two long screws are for. "Finally, the build quality of the One is at the high level we've grown to expect from our history reviewing Antec cases. At such a low price point, and with an impressive set of features, Antec did a good job and has a winner with the One." spot on assesment! pendragon1

Antec one cable management

Hi, I am interested in this case but some sites say that it isnt all that great for cable management because the space on the backside isnt so much. Am stuck between this and the antec 302. Could you kindly post pictures of your system interior and the backside(behind the mobo) to my email or give me a link? Thanks, my email is skukadia93@gmail.com!

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