Antec 1900 Gaming Case Review

Conclusion - keeping it real

Antec Nineteen Hundred Review

Conclusion

Tom and I have thought long and hard about our conclusions on the Antec Nineteen Hundred, and about the scoring and award we have given it.  In the end we opted to split the conclusion into 3 sections.  The Good, The Bad, and the quite frankly totally inexcusable.

You don't need Holmesian powers of deduction to work out from that short first paragraph that we're not overly impressed with the Antec Nineteen Hundred, and it's indeed rare for us to start a conclusion on a such a negative footing, however, the sheer size of the Antec filled us with such hope that what we had before us would be a great case with extensive native water cooling support and well thought out features, that we were left so bitterly disappointed at the end, as sadly it was not to be.

So let's start with the good, some of which may also be reflected upon in the bad and even the quite frankly totally inexcusable.  It's a big case, so as you'd expect it's able to house long GPUs (330mm) and tall CPU heat sinks (175mm).  It comes with six 120mm fans; 2 in the roof, 1 in the rear and 3 in the front, each of which appears to have its own independent fan controller.  As well as being able to take standard ATX and M-ATX (why?) it's also able to accept larger XL ATX motherboards and as such has 9 expansion slots at the rear.  Along with nicely grommeted management holes, there's also plenty of room behind the motherboard for cable routing with Antec throwing in a slack handful of re-usable cable ties.  We also quite like the aesthetics of the case, the clean lines being something of a welcome departure from Antec's more recent offerings.  The option of having Green or Red trim to match your GPU loyalties will also appeal to the Nvidia and AMD fan boys out there and regardless of this the angled base and top have something of the "Tron" feel to them.   The integral but separated base section ups the HDD count from 6 in the main case to 12 in total, which with 4TB drives available means you could theoretically build a rig with 48TB of storage. 

So on to the Bad. Firstly there's the build and finish quality.  Not actually bad as such but this is a £230 case and for that we expect a damn sight better.  If you haven't read the whole review head back and look at the way Antec present the internal wiring for their roof and rear fans.  Not convinced? then how about having one of the feet fall off during the review because they're only stuck on as opposed to being screwed on?  Or the fact that when you move it across your desk it leaves marks on the surface.  Still not convinced, how about being able to open the lower door sections not just by pressing the buttons (although this can be hit and miss in itself), but instead by giving the case a bit of a thump on the roof.  Quality stuff Antec.  Then there's the thermal characteristics of the bottom section.  Sure there's a 120mm intake but there's naff all extract ventilation down there so if you put your PSU and an HDD array down there expect things to get very toasty.  Talking of ventilation and fans, what has possessed Antec to give each of the front fans its own two position fan controller?  Remembering of course that to access these controllers you're going to need to take the side panel off.  Having mentioned that the case can house up to 12 HDDs we'd like to reflect here on the need for so many drives.  With 3 and even 4TB drives readily available do consumers really need that much storage?  Granted you might look at the Nineteen Hundred as a potential server but you'd quickly work out that there are better options on the market.

And so the "Quite frankly totally inexcusable" section of the conclusion.  We think what irks us most about the Nineteen Hundred is that Antec have missed not just one but several opportunities to have made this case so much better than it is.  It’s almost as if the designer has seen a few PC cases from 10 or 15 years ago, seen a few pictures of the 900D had some input from a poorly selected focus group and got cracking with the design.  Given such a huge enclosure with such expansive roof and front of case real estate it's beyond our ken to understand why Antec chose to give the case native water-cooling support for nothing larger than a 240mm rad.  All it would have taken to fit a 360mm rad in the roof would have been an additional set of holes and the elongation of the, albeit rather ugly ventilation holes on the outer skin.  In a world where removable modular drive bays are common place it's also baffling to understand why Antec have chosen to rivet there's in place.  Simply making the 6 bays removable would have left enough space for a fat 240 in push pull, and should they have made the 5.25" bays removable a second 360 would have been on the cards.  Now let’s think about how we could have put a 480 in the front if they’d cut the floor section under the 3.5” rack.  As it is though you're stuck with a piddling 240 in the roof, that's it, that's your lot.  The third major opportunity they've missed is in configuring the lower section of the case to only take 6 HDDs.  With the option of a second PSU we were hopeful that we might find mounts for a M-ITX board down there, but alas no.  OK so a second system in case is a no go, how about extended water cooling?  With so many drives available in the main section surely it would have been a viable option to rig the lower section for rads.  Theoretically it would be possible to get a pair of 360mm rads down here, as with 140mm of head room there's enough height, but as you might imagine the solid case sides aren't going to give too much ventilation, and there are no mounting brackets.

We could go on, believe us we could, as the list is long and shameful, but to do so would be cruel.  We think that this case has had enough of its beating.  Best thing we could do right now is take it round the back of the old barn and give it the good news.   By now you have should have the idea that we're not overly enamoured with the Nineteen Hundred, however not wishing to end on a negative note we do at least have one suggestion.  You see, in being so fundamentally wrong what Antec have inadvertently produced is a modders case.  At £230 it's an expensive modders case, but a modders case none the less.  There is so much potential in this case, so much that the designers at Antec have completely missed that a good modder could bring to the fore.  Someone out there will one day take one of these and turn it into the case it could have, and should have been. If you are not a modder and you just want a case to build your system into we would actually struggle to recommend this case if it was HALF the price it is on sale for today.

Finally let’s get a few things in perspective lest you think we're being unreasonably harsh on the Nineteen hundred.  Here at OC3D we strive to be subjective in all things regardless of our personal preferences and our likes and dislikes.  That said, over the years you can't help but develop certain tastes and preferences, for the most part based on your experience of a manufacturer, their general level of quality or perhaps their brand aesthetic.  In general I happen to look quite fondly at Antec cases, having had a Sonata III as my very first case and have developed a soft spot for the Skeleton having modded several of them and had one as my daily driver until it was retired and replaced by NZXSPC.  So are we just hating on Antec?  No, we're not.  What we have is a objective review of a case that could have and should have been great but fell well short of the mark. 

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Thanks to Antec for the 1900, you can discuss your thoughts on the points raised in the OC3D Forums

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10-02-2014, 10:46:15

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...054546465l.png

Such a big enclosure brings such great promise. Let's see if the Nineteen Hundred from Antec has it where it counts.


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10-02-2014, 11:02:47

barnsley
Oh I was right about this being the case that you were going to "talk" about. Can't watch the review (no sound at work, I'll watch it later) but I've read it through and I agree, its like a 900D from 2002-2006. Its a shame about the build quality being nothing special, as the cases I've used by them in the past have all been surprisingly well built, albeit lacking in the ol' cable management department. I do like the exterior (mainly because I like the enermax case it looks suspiciously alot like) but it costs too much for what it is. Poor show antec, you could've done much better . Their Gx700 is an underrated case, this however, is not.

10-02-2014, 11:15:53

Dicehunter
I was actually looking forward to getting this and the green mesh option really caught my eye but after reading the review and watching the vid I think I'll stick with my 540.

This case would of been great in the early 2000's.

10-02-2014, 11:19:09

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I was actually looking forward to getting this and the green mesh option really caught my eye but after reading the review and watching the vid I think I'll stick with my 540.

This case would of been great in the early 2000's.
Would have been a good (albeit) expensive introduction to modding though :P.

10-02-2014, 11:28:31

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Would have been a good (albeit) expensive introduction to modding though :P.
Indeed, Although it seems to me that the designers were smoking crack when they built this thing because it's a massive pile of horse crap, Looks so cheap and nasty.

10-02-2014, 11:29:15

mercator
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In a world where removable modular drive bays are common place it's also baffling to understand why Antec have chosen to rivet there's in place.
It's "theirs" instead of "there's".
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Here at OC3D we strive to be subjective in all things regardless of our personal preferences and our likes and dislikes.
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What we have is a subjective review of a case that could have and should have been great but fell well short of the mark.
I think the proper word is "objective", not "subjective".
Nice review though.

10-02-2014, 11:32:49

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Indeed, Although it seems to me that the designers were smoking crack when they built this thing because it's a massive pile of horse crap, Looks so cheap and nasty.
I'm guessing it'll be one of those case that look better/worse in the flesh. Its how most of antec's stuff is really.

10-02-2014, 11:34:21

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Indeed, Although it seems to me that the designers were smoking crack when they built this thing because it's a massive pile of horse crap, Looks so cheap and nasty.
It could have been awesome - just such bad use of the space and massively lacking in options / features.

10-02-2014, 11:37:18

SieB
This case is godawfull, 235 for this? The only thing it has going for it is size, that is literally the only thing this case has to offer. So many cases for much cheaper or slightly more that offer so much more, that are actually well built and not flimsy pieces of crap.

Antec, pls.

10-02-2014, 11:43:47

QuietOne
That bit where you constantly repeated yourself bout the switch and the lower side panel made me laugh. Great award too.

10-02-2014, 11:44:32

barnsley
I'm saying this should have been 120 at most. Heck probably less, maybe around 90? That way it'd only have that inwin case to compete with.

10-02-2014, 11:58:59

Morley
Shockingly bad, I'd much rather have the Enthoo Primo over this case! The Primo being 20 cheaper!

10-02-2014, 12:00:19

Dicehunter
When I heard the price of 230 I almost blew out a kidney, This case should be at the very most 100.

10-02-2014, 12:00:34

SieB
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Originally Posted by Morley View Post
Shockingly bad, I'd much rather have the Enthoo Primo over this case! The Primo being 20 cheaper!
40 cheaper if you get it from Scan

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/phant...tx-atx-w-o-psu

10-02-2014, 12:01:47

Morley
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Not if you want the white edition :P lol

10-02-2014, 12:04:34

SieB
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Originally Posted by Morley View Post
Not if you want the white edition :P lol
Fair enough Either way, it's hell of a lot better priced and offers a hell of a lot more whilst being much better built and still being cheaper.

10-02-2014, 12:05:37

Conchubair
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Originally Posted by QuietOne View Post
Great award too.
the cat is worth more than the case..

10-02-2014, 12:13:49

Morley
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Fair enough Either way, it's hell of a lot better priced and offers a hell of a lot more whilst being much better built and still being cheaper.
I agree 100% not sure what Antec was thinking of....

Still the video is worth a watch just to see TTL smack the hell outta the case! lol

10-02-2014, 12:26:05

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
the cat is worth more than the case..
The cat is probably worth more than OC3D and almost every other tech site put together :S.

10-02-2014, 12:27:49

QuietOne
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
The cat is probably worth more than OC3D and almost every other tech site put together :S.
The reason barnsley said that is because that cat is his brother

10-02-2014, 12:31:07

Conchubair
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
The cat is probably worth more than OC3D and almost every other tech site put together :S.
As a dog person and a redditor (sick of them /r/aww posts) im going to disagree..

But ffs Tom, I nigh on pissed myself at 7.35.......

10-02-2014, 12:32:17

barnsley
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Originally Posted by QuietOne View Post
The reason barnsley said that is because that cat is his brother
shush, how else am I going to afford a new PC?

I'm waiting for the 1900 2. It'll probably have all the insides reworked I'd hope.

-edit- I'm a tortoise person personally.

10-02-2014, 12:37:17

cooperman
Antec should of called it the 'the money pit'

http://i.imgur.com/pIdhmQp.jpg

10-02-2014, 14:00:13

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
It could have been awesome - just such bad use of the space and massively lacking in options / features.
I can see a lot of potential in the case but only if they spent a bit longer in the design offices.

I can see this case becoming like herpes, No one wants it but everyone's gonna get it at some point in their life

10-02-2014, 14:53:00

Edge
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Originally Posted by mercator View Post

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Here at OC3D we strive to be subjective in all things regardless of our personal preferences and our likes and dislikes.
I think the proper word is "objective", not "subjective"
I must admit I got a little giggle out of reading 'subjective' in the review xD

10-02-2014, 15:02:57

Trylen
The last case Antec did I liked and thought was innovative was the Tonka coloured Lanboy Air, however that was some time ago. Last one I purchased was a Super Lanboy. Since then, I've been using Coolermaster cases and I thought they were restrictive without a drill and cutting tool.
This case from Antec is purely a storage server build, that's it. Put a work station board in with a raid card or multi-port SATA/SAS card in, fill up with drives and make a NAS of it (good lord that sounded more like "an ass of it" in my head) tuck it away in a closest with power and be done with it.
Fan support and rad support are the main features on big cases these days and this is from a company that was once at the front (or close to) of the gaming case market so what happened?

One the other hand, Tom I love the new award!

10-02-2014, 15:06:45

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Trylen View Post
The last case Antec did I liked and thought was innovative was the Tonka coloured Lanboy Air, however that was some time ago. Last one I purchased was a Super Lanboy. Since then, I've been using Coolermaster cases and I thought they were restrictive without a drill and cutting tool.
This case from Antec is purely a storage server build, that's it. Put a work station board in with a raid card or multi-port SATA/SAS card in, fill up with drives and make a NAS of it (good lord that sounded more like "an ass of it" in my head) tuck it away in a closest with power and be done with it.
Fan support and rad support are the main features on big cases these days and this is from a company that was once at the front (or close to) of the gaming case market so what happened?

One the other hand, Tom I love the new award!
Very well said, I had an Antec 1200 when they first came out and I modded it and it was generally a pleasure to work with even without modding but this looks like they went back a few steps and to me anyway looks like it was never finished and was rushed out of the design offices.

I strongly think this has something to do with shareholders wanting more profit ergo shove an unfinished product out ahead of schedule, It's the only logical reason why they would release what appears to be a half arsed attempt.

10-02-2014, 15:32:26

maniac
I still wonder how antec still gives you review samples after all the "plasticy" and "tacky" comments you give their products.....

10-02-2014, 15:40:02

Edge
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Originally Posted by maniac View Post
I still wonder how antec still gives you review samples after all the "plasticy" and "tacky" comments you give their products.....
Would be even worse for them if OC3D publicly announced that Antec weren't confident enough in their products to send over a review unit.

10-02-2014, 16:03:08

murphy7801
So Antec not sending any more stuff lol

10-02-2014, 16:26:05

yassarikhan786
The build quality is terrible. WC support is horrendous.

Probably another couple of years before Tom gets another Antec case for review.

10-02-2014, 16:31:00

grassman
Wow what a shame, I happen to think she is quite the looker.

Ended up being a gall with large breast, big booty, Beautiful face. But unfortunately also comes with Brown crooked teeth, bad gas and a bad attitude. Maybe or maybe not a penis as well.

10-02-2014, 16:35:51

Lonestar166
Thanks for your brutally honest review TTL. I was right, the TOTALSHITE award.

10-02-2014, 16:41:52

murphy7801
Buy switch 810 its so much better and cheaper. Though to be fair ever since I started watching toms reviews he recommends have always been good when did buy them so he knows what he is talking about.

10-02-2014, 16:49:41

G-Dubs
Subjective? We do of course mean Objective. Write drunk, edit sober. Guess we should have waited longer in the morning.

The real shame is that for the sake of a little bit more thought this case could have been so much better.

10-02-2014, 16:52:00

dalewakelin
What happened to antec being a good quality brand? they have a lot of work to do.
http://www.dwindustries.tk/uploads/1...jpg?1392069062

10-02-2014, 17:12:10

Feronix
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Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Subjective? We do of course mean Objective.
Dw, I get them mixed up all the time so I usually just settle for 'Sobjective'.

10-02-2014, 17:46:08

Conchubair
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Originally Posted by yassarikhan786 View Post
The build quality is terrible. WC support is horrendous.

Probably another couple of years before Tom gets another Antec case for review.
Maybe after those few years Antec will produce another case worth reviewing and buying..

10-02-2014, 21:33:43

Code-Red
I haven't built a rig since 2006, and even then this would be a terrible option at an obscene price. I used to think Antec was pretty good but if this is what their new stuff looks like it a huge letdown.

10-02-2014, 21:39:53

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Code-Red View Post
I haven't built a rig since 2006, and even then this would be a terrible option at an obscene price. I used to think Antec was pretty good but if this is what their new stuff looks like it a huge letdown.
Sort of the same boat as you but more so case wise as internals, I was totally in love my the "Silverstone Raven RV01" from February 2009 and no case won me over until I saw the 540 !

All I can say is, Go Corsair, The 540 is the first Corsair case I've owned and I usually don't go for "Cube" style cases but it fits everything in, You don't even need to try and make it look clean thanks to all the cable management/grommets it pretty much does it itself

If you want a new case, 540, It oozes with Quality, You will love it

10-02-2014, 22:22:30

paullongy326
well before we start and have a sneaky pop has when you post on forum lol lol look at that cable management get it sorted lolololol naaaa not for me looks cheap n tacky

10-02-2014, 23:27:09

Prathamesh Patil
I completely agree with you ttl. Very bad design from a good company. There is so much that could have been done with it.

10-02-2014, 23:59:17

SEBAR
When I first skimmed through the written review I was thinking that maybe you all where being overly critical on this case. The pics on the written review are the first pics I have seen of this case. Quality can be hard to judge with pictures alone and the case looked good in the pictures. Then I watched the video review and can appreciate what all the fuss is about. For me it is the little things that turn me off to this case. That flimsy top panel, the taped on rubber feet, and the side panel with the generic acrylic window. This is a case that was about half way through the design process. There really is no excuse for the oversights on this case.

The case does have some potential but as pointed out in the video, this is a modders case.

Great video and written review boys. OC3D is the best source for quality reviews and information.

11-02-2014, 00:13:58

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by SEBAR View Post
This is a case that was about half way through the design process.
+1

I really think this is the problem, Someone wanted this case on the market way before it was ready

11-02-2014, 02:57:44

ShaunB-91
Watched this video before I went to sleep last night, I don't know if it was supposed to be but it was another funny one, the part near the beginning trying to close the lower section flaps. :')

For the case...erm, well the grumpy cat award seemed fitting, the front did look quite good although I wouldn't want it myself. I wasn't keen on the power and reset buttons either. The roof was just shocking that it could only fit up to 240mm with all that extra space around it. Even the top mesh panel just looked cheap and flimsy.

Internally it didn't look up to much either, as with the lower bay compartment, the drives might not generate much heat but I'd still feel safer if I knew there was at least some decent airflow passing over them.

11-02-2014, 04:40:43

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
If you want a new case, 540, It oozes with Quality, You will love it
Yours might do . I hate to be a party pooper but I was distinctly unimpressed when I did a build with a 540 recently. The cable management looks amazing ( even with an idiot like me in charge of the build)but I think the build quality wasn't actually as good as everyone here lead me to believe. I'm going to rustle a few jimmies here, but I actually think my ugly as sin coolermaster case feels more solid.

11-02-2014, 05:01:24

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Yours might do . I hate to be a party pooper but I was distinctly unimpressed when I did a build with a 540 recently. The cable management looks amazing ( even with an idiot like me in charge of the build)but I think the build quality wasn't actually as good as everyone here lead me to believe. I'm going to rustle a few jimmies here, but I actually think my ugly as sin coolermaster case feels more solid.
That's the amazing thing about having your own mind, Free will and choice to choose what you like and not what someone else does

11-02-2014, 05:19:58

sheroo
I have owned a few Antec cases. They used to be innovative, although the cable management was woeful - so at least that has changed. The original P180 was very different when it first came out, and started the mainstream trend for quiet computing, and it kept my hot 478 Prescott system nice and quiet.

Since then other manufacturers have absorbed its features and provided better implementations, its a shame Antec haven't done the same...

11-02-2014, 05:21:06

ShaunB-91
What was that yellow and black one, was that the re-make of the lanboy? It was odd.

11-02-2014, 05:33:13

ahimoth
I feel sorry for Antec. One of the funniest reviews I've seen by Tom. I loved when he kept showing us how to close the sides.

11-02-2014, 05:34:48

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
That's the amazing thing about having your own mind, Free will and choice to choose what you like and not what someone else does
More solid built, not a better choice I mean. The 540 is deffo a looker . Kinda reminds me of an old ferrari. Beautiful to look at but a bit fall-apart-y.

11-02-2014, 05:48:12

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
More solid built, not a better choice I mean. The 540 is deffo a looker . Kinda reminds me of an old ferrari. Beautiful to look at but a bit fall-apart-y.
The only thing I'm not too keen on with the 540 is lack of a filter underneath the HDD, Apart from that IMO I cannot fault it

11-02-2014, 06:29:42

nuke
Just wondering if you heard back from Antec about this review? Hopefully they will see it as constructive criticism and not blacklist you.

11-02-2014, 06:37:06

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by nuke View Post
Just wondering if you heard back from Antec about this review? Hopefully they will see it as constructive criticism and not blacklist you.
Nothing yet really, might take a few days for them to formulate what they want to do. I think the general reaction from the video says it all though.

They need to make some changes and fast otherwise the only place they will be selling cases is maplins.

11-02-2014, 06:40:46

ShaunB-91
At the end of the day if you are going to make a product, why would you not look at the leading contenders in the market, in this case Corsair and NZXT, look at why people like them so much, what do they bring to the table thats good, useful, and innovative and then base your own product around that. This just seems like yeah, the designer of this doesn't give a monkeys about computers, so how he got the job I don't know and he's just done a crap job. Nobody will buy this.

11-02-2014, 06:43:32

Remmy
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
They need to make some changes and fast otherwise the only place they will be selling cases is maplins.
Lol the ultimate put down in the industry

11-02-2014, 06:45:08

ShaunB-91
I forgot to say, the video sounds a bit echoey Tom, sounds like the office is still quiet empty.

Also, you should keep something down on the desks for your reviews whether flaps open or not, you don't want to scratch those new desks!

11-02-2014, 06:52:05

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Remmy View Post
Lol the ultimate put down in the industry
Shouldn't be though considering Corsair, Coolermaster and Zalman already do that .
Antec stuff is already sold in PC world though.

11-02-2014, 06:53:41

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Antec stuff is already sold in PC world though.
Explains it all

11-02-2014, 07:00:04

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Explains it all
Well it was last time I checked. I bought an antec psu from there 2 years ago.

Lol even Pc World don't stock antec stuff anymore. Its all corsair parts now.

11-02-2014, 07:08:08

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Well it was last time I checked. I bought an antec psu from there 2 years ago.

Lol even Pc World don't stock antec stuff anymore. Its all corsair parts now.

Bold move - normally they sell the uber cheap stuff

11-02-2014, 07:43:07

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Bold move - normally they sell the uber cheap stuff
Basically they wanted to start competing against system builders/vendors like scan for a while. In order to be taken seriously they got rid of all non major brand parts. also, the EU are making non 80+ psus illegal now from what I've heard.

11-02-2014, 09:06:20

Damien c
When I first saw this case I said it seemed, like Antec were trying to build a 900D competitor but failed, and after watching the review last night I have to say I am glad I never contemplated buying it.

Must not be easy tearing a product apart with very valid points when you rely on reviewing products to make a living, but I suppose someone has to be honest in reviews.

The build quality and options in this case just looks ridiculously poor.

Thank's for another great video and love the "Grumpy Cat" award.

11-02-2014, 09:27:24

garih
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Bold move - normally they sell the uber cheap stuff
last time i was in pcworld i noticed they had a reasonable range of mech keyboards, decent range of headsets. and even products like the h60..

11-02-2014, 09:35:01

ShaunB-91
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Originally Posted by garih View Post
last time i was in pcworld i noticed they had a reasonable range of mech keyboards, decent range of headsets. and even products like the h60..
I was in there a few weeks ago and nearly picked up the Corsair m65 mouse, I think it was 55. But I thought no just wait.

11-02-2014, 17:24:52

mihapiha
TTL you improved my day so much with the bottom side panel button.

"Awesome build-quality" indeed

11-02-2014, 17:27:59

Mysterae
The Antec 1900 A.D. design more like.

It's as if they designed it purposely not to be able to fit their competitors products in it. Perhaps that was the designers remit. Although it has the potential to be modded to hell and back, I think you'd get bored very quickly with it.

I do hope Antec take the messages from Tom in the spirit and purpose as they're intended. We need more nice cases!

11-02-2014, 18:23:04

dalewakelin
Its a nice case on the outside but on the inside it is very shaky

11-02-2014, 19:09:57

CrazyTeeka
Someone could always mod this case to fix the flaws?

11-02-2014, 19:12:14

Remmy
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazyTeeka View Post
Someone could always mod this case to fix the flaws?
Yeah true, but for the price these things should come as standard to be honest. It's not good if you have to mod a case just for functions which you should expect anyway :/

11-02-2014, 19:53:33

Wraithguard
Quote:
Originally Posted by Remmy View Post
Yeah true, but for the price these things should come as standard to be honest. It's not good if you have to mod a case just for functions which you should expect anyway :/
Couldn't agree more! At 235 I expect it to at least have some of the competitions features and to be honest the build quality is a touch slap dash.

11-02-2014, 23:02:26

alpenwasser
Wow, what an utter waste of potential. It really does look like it's from the year
2000 or so (minus the painted interior maybe).

Leaving the horrendous build quality aside (a disqualifier by itself for a Caselabs
fetishist like me), how a case with this feature set (if one can call it that) can be
brought to market in 2014 really is a proper mind-boggler.

12-02-2014, 03:12:35

ShaunB-91
"And it came from the year 2000...fuck all has changed but its black inter-ior"

Say that in your head in the busted tune way.

12-02-2014, 04:50:51

CrazyTeeka
My biggest dislike would be the side panels that you have to slam shut.

I wonder if Antec actually thought "Lets make a cheap case in a modern look, and make it over 200, no one will notice, will they?".

Or their R&D team is seriously out of touch with what makes a good case.

Or they just don't care and just want your money.

12-02-2014, 06:41:57

Morgenmuffel
This one is Interresting for tryal and Error Modding...but really?? 200 bugs for that 900D liked-crap? Size does matter for me but THIS is not worth the Words "Case"...is a thing that is big but thats all.

Thumbs for the Grumpy Cat Award...liked

12-02-2014, 08:19:57

Kong
I think this vid may have set the record for the amount of F bombs has dropped in a review lol.

The construction looked terrible. How Antec has fallen. I agree that is could make a nice basic server build, but not for the price. I think this is going to get sales from uneducated people that has seen the Corsair 900D but run across this in a store.

I do like the outside shape of the case, and the red ring around the front. After that, glad I just picked up the Corsair case cheapish.

12-02-2014, 08:39:30

nick9999
I also like the front, but as enough people have already mentioned the build quality and the options are not that great.

I definatelly agree that it is too expensive for what it offers and I hope that Antec will improve.

I myself have an Antec One for my second PC and find it OK for a budget build, althought it is also very restrictive in the options it gives you, but to be fair there are also a couple of things which are really neat

By the way the grumpy cat award is simply awesome
But hopefully it wont need to be given out too often.

12-02-2014, 11:36:42

Chadwokie
watching this review...... made me soooooooo angry (my 1st case was a antec 900 and i loved it!)....... that being said that was like 5 years ago and this case doesnt look like its made any advances in design. I mean even the antec 900 had modular hdd bays!.........GRRRRRRRRRR and wtf at the use of space at the top and bottom of the case really makes me so frustrated with antec

13-02-2014, 01:03:28

Vicey
My first ever case for my own personal build was an Antec. That was like over a decade ago and it doesn't look like they've improved their build quality since then haha

13-02-2014, 18:30:51

Bartacus
My favorite part was when Tom was looking at the underside of the case, detailing the cheap feet, and I noticed the "QA PASS" sticker. I think Antec's QA department consists of 3 people: Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Helen Keller.

13-02-2014, 22:52:44

jackjack
Antec nailed it again, Great case like it a lot!

14-02-2014, 02:23:47

sheroo
I had to glue the feet back on my P180 as well. Obviously they are still using this tried and tested method of fixing. Oh I forgot - the first door I got was warped as well - but give them their due Antec customer support were very good.

03-03-2014, 19:21:45

zangza
It looks like it has potential but needs a little work

03-03-2014, 20:40:20

Wraithguard
Needs a white interior, drive bay panelling and the exterior meshes need to be white. It has potential but it could (should) have been so much better from the start.

04-03-2014, 08:23:34

Squidlorock
Can't remember if i commented here, but i watched/read the review when you made it... i was shocked how bad it was! The door hinges (i was in stitches at that), the feet and when you thought couldn't get worse... the window!!!
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