The P380 has a lot of expectations riding on it. Does it deliver?
The P380 has some quirks, like the difficult-to-access dust filter for the front panel. Other parts, like the included fan hub, just feel cheap. The individual switches on each fan aren't the most convenient method of fan speed control. The P380 also lacks a lot of the tool-free niceties that I've come to expect in modern cases. Dedicated mounts for 2.5" storage behind the motherboard tray would have been nice to see, and Antec's included fans aren't the best-sounding spinners that I've experienced.
It's not all bad news, though. Antec really hit a home run with the P380's styling: the solid aluminum fascia looks incredible under a desk. The duplicated power and reset buttons and the swappable I/O cluster are both thoughtful touches. This case is plenty spacious, so building a system inside is easy. The P380 is also good at cooling the system inside, and with the fan speeds managed by the motherboard, it delivered the lowest noise levels I've measured with these components.
If Antec had included better-sounding fans, a higher-quality fan hub, and more tool-free features, the P380 would be in the running with some of our favorite cases. For now, buyers will have to weigh the P380's good looks and solid performance against its minor drawbacks and premium price.
25 comments — Last by flip-mode at 7:03 PM on 04/13/15
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