Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Case Review
When Antec talks about its very affordable Three Hundred Two case, we hear terms like, "high performance systems,"affordable gaming case, "built for gamers," and "advanced cooling system" thrown about. We put all those to the test and find out if the Three Hundred Two is actually "the rightful heir to the Gaming Series legacy."
For most of you, Antec is a company that needs no introduction. The company's power supplies, cooling products and cases are top notch and extremely popular with the enthusiast community. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the company:
Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.
Antec has a deep, rich history with [H]ardOCP and the [H] community. Over the years, we've had just about every power supply the company has made on our test bench and, when the company branched out into self-contained liquid cooling systems, we put its KـHLER line to the test as well.
Antec is also know around the globe for its complete line of world class computer enclosures, ranging from specialty cases and HTPC enclosures to server racks, corporate cases, and a complete line of products for the enthusiast that includes cases for gamers and performance users. To put it simply, when it comes to cases, Antec has something for nearly everyone.
The focus of today's evaluation is the Antec Three Hundred Two mid-tower ATX case.
The Antec Three Hundred Two packaging is made of double-walled corrugated cardboard with dual staple construction along the seams and measures 22"H x 20.5"L x 11"W. The outside of the package prominently features the company colors, logo, product image, and a list of specifications and features.
On the inside, Antec has done away with the old rigid Styrofoam inserts in favor of a more pliable, triple-layer polyethylene foam inserts. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag that acts as a moisture barrier to keep water and condensation from getting inside the case during shipping.
Normally, this is the part where we complain about companies shipping a case in its bare product packaging and that we are against this practice because, in our opinion, we think that a few extra dollars for an added layer of protection could cut down on shipping related damages and claims.
Well, it would seem that Antec has been listening because the company shipped the Three Hundred Two (box and all) inside an old Antec Nine Hundred box. As a result, the outside of the Three Hundred Two box was in pristine condition with no visible damage whatsoever when it arrived. However we doubt this case purchased from a retailer will arrive to you this way which of course and we did ask Antec and never got a reply. So basically our complaining got us a non-retail packaged unit and we are left in a situation now that we cannot directly comment on if the retail packaging actually protected the unit in normal shipping circumstances.
So going forward we will keep our mouths shut on what we think should happen with packaging so we can actually evaluate what did happen with shipping in retail packaging.