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Antec One Hundred Window review

Antec One Hundred Window - A Window to Leetness

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Aesthetics:
8
Functionality:
7.5
Usability:
7.5
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Fan controls provided
Spacious for budget casing (fits graphics cards 11 inches long)
Solid build quality
THE BAD
No exhaust holes for bottom-mounted PSU
No USB 3.0 support
Not a tool-less chassis


Conclusion

Inexpensive Show Off

The Antec One Hundred Window is a nondescript chassis with a simple layout that is pleasing to the eye. It's very roomy for a budget casing and overall build quality is good. The black-painted interior was aesthetically pleasing and the transparent side window will allow the system builder to exhibit his components in black light puppetry style. Installation of key components was reasonable but we would have really preferred a tool-free experience. One item of discomfiture was the forced alignment of the power supply as the screw holes were not lined up properly. The fan speed controller is a nice touch, but it would be nice if it could control additional fans. On the other hand, we are disappointed by the lack of USB 3.0 support.

There are another two manifestations of the One Hundred chassis. The Antec One Hundred Lite retails for S$79. It has two USB 2.0 ports and for cooling options, a single top 140mm TwoCool exhaust fan, compared to the more generous offerings of quad USB ports, one rear 120mm exhaust fan and one 140mm top exhaust fan of the S$98 One Hundred Window. The final member of the family is literally named One Hundred as its side panel is not fitted with a transparent window. It has identical cooling options of the One Hundred Window.

In summary, it's a decent basic case that has a design appeal for the mass DIY market, with essential features. There is room for improvement, but at least it's priced reasonably.