Antec 1100 Chassis ReviewBluePanda - November 22, 2011
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Very often, I find that people have a hard time deciding whether they prefer a mid-tower or full-tower chassis. It's a debated compromise between extra room inside for hardware swapping and additional space taken up by the chassis on a desk or office floor. Our friends at Antec have come up with a new chassis that seems to solve the issue – a “Super Mid Tower.” Looking to fill the gap between a mid-tower and full-tower, the Eleven Hundred fits right between Antec’s familiar Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred series chassis. If you aren’t too familiar with those, the Eleven Hundred comes in at a height of 20.7 inches and a slightly fatter body of 9.3 inches. It’s a case designed for extra internal space while also allowing ease of fit in any office space.
Being more than a box to hold all your modern hardware, we’ll take an in-depth look at Antec’s Eleven Hundred and determine whether it will be up to your standards. While I personally have a preference towards full-towers with lots of space, I have also worked with many mid-tower chassis claiming fame to “extra space”, so it will be interesting to see how this chassis compares. Let’s take a look at this new release!
The Eleven Hundred showed up at my doorstep in a full color box. The front of the box gives a nice glimpse of the case, with a full photo of its upper portion which presents the I/O panel and modest top 200 mm blue LED fan. Taking a look at the back of the box, we catch a peek at some of the case’s key features including the fan mount behind the motherboard, the cable management grommets, and the dedicated 2.5” bay slots.
The sides of the box provide even more insight to the overall look of this chassis. Antec seems to have nothing to hide, as they expose all angles of the chassis on the box. Both the left and right sides of the box present an isometric view of the case – one showing the windowed side, the other showing the cable management panel with mount for an optional fan. It looks pretty nice and shows that Antec really took the time to show off this chassis with a very nice package design.
The top of the box, before I carve it open, presents you with the typical chassis features listed in, this time, 7 different languages. These features and more are listed on the “Specifications and Features” page of the review on page 4. Slicing the tape and cracking open the box, we see the case very well packed. Rather than using annoying polystyrene foam end pieces, Antec chose to include nice open-cell foam that doesn’t break apart or create a huge mess around your house. It also protects the case a lot better, as it doesn’t break in shipping. I’ve had far too many cases show up with missing feet, due to rough delivery men and cheap foam. The chassis is also wrapped in plastic and the window protected on both sides with a nice film. A cardboard cutout covers the top to prevent any other potential for damage.