Looking first at the build quality of the Antec One we have a chassis which is very clearly manufactured to a level above the average case in this price range. It feels solid thanks to a decent thickness of steel, even on the sides and perforated front section. Inside the quality continues and each section feels secure with no noticeable rough edges or imperfections in the paintwork.
In terms of design Antec have tried to cram a number of key features into this chassis for minimal cost. That means support for USB 3.0, SSDs, significant GPUs and even their Kühler liquid cooler range, though that may not be the market for this particular price range. The ability to add two further fans is a bonus and the larger space behind the motherboard combined with the rotated drive bays makes wiring the system relatively easy.
That said there are some minor improvements which could have been made. Some are simple such as the addition of rubber covers on the wiring holes to keep things even tidier. Next we would have put a solid section of metal between the drive bays and the motherboard area to further hide the wiring in this area. A hole to route the 8-pin power connector behind the motherboard and up to the socket would also have been good and we feel that PCIe slots with screw on covers wouldn’t cost too much extra so could have been included.
On the performance front the case scores well with decent airflow out and low noise levels produced. The inclusion of USB 3.0 ports ensures our external components perform at their optimal level now and in the future with the bundled convertor ensuring compatibility with older boards while adding to the value. A front intake fan with single exhaust rather than two exhausts may be most peoples preferred setup though to maximise airflow in and through the case.
At £43/$55 it is hard to find a better quality case than the Antec One.
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