Plusview 1000 8/10.
Date Posted 22/02/2003. by Saeed Amen.
Antec are one of the biggest computer case makers. Maybe not as
famous as Coolermaster or Chieftec, their reputation is increasing
all the time. This is the second Antec case that I have tested.
It is a testament to their increasing stature in the case market,
that I saw their PLUS660 case reviewed in Personal Computer World
magazine this month - over two months after I reviewed it though
:). What sets this apart from the competition is of course the "window"
at the side.
case itself is very well put together, and feels very study. It
feels more expensive than it really is. It comes with more than
enough screws and is very spacious inside. Also it has the capacity
for several fans, to enable very effective cooling (several fans
are included with the machine - unfortunately no LED lit ones).
In addition there is also a door, that hides your CD drives, etc.
giving the case a clean look. The door is easy to open, and makes
the case ideal for people who regularly need to upgrade their machines.
If you own other Antec cases, you can easily swap drives mounted
in the 5.25 bays, without even opening the case. Most users won't
find this useful, but those who build servers, will probably like
there is no power supply with this case. This keeps the price down,
but it is a slight oversight, especially as Antec make their own
very good TruPower PSUs.
case really comes into it's own, when you add options, like the
LED fan (which you can see to the left of the photo). Add a quiet
power supply, and you have an ideal "showcase" machine
to put in your living room to play games and MP3s.
short, I like this case. If you don't really like having a window,
you can go for a model without it. However, I expect most people
are going to buy this case just for the window!