Antec is one of the most trusted names in computer hardware. It produces tens of award-winning products across a multitude of lines including power supplies, cooling devices, and cases, as well as noise-dampening products and even a short-lived line of CardBus scanners.
This is a review of Antec's NSK1300 MicroATX Cube case, one of Antec's newest offerings in its line of cases suitable for small spaces and home theater PCs.
Antec says of this case: "The small and compact cubic design of the NSK1300 allows it to fit into virtually any workspace; at the same time, the inside is spacious enough for your MicroATX motherboard, up to four full-height PCI expansion cards, and four drive bays. This case is so versatile that is can be used as a multimedia PC for your living room, a desktop PC for your office, or even a mobile gaming box for your next LAN party."
- Includes Antec's AR300 300W 12V PSU
- 1x 5.25" external bay, 3x 3.5" internal bay
- Stealthed optical drive bay cover
- Flip-up drive cage
- Three-layer side panel (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) to dampen noise
- Thermal interface tape to dissapate heat from HDD to the cage
- 2x USB, and front audio ports
- Weighs 13.1 lbs/ 5.9 kg
- 7.9" H x 10.6" W x 13.2" D (20 cm x 27 cm x 33 cm)
It is not a light case by any means. It weights 13 lbs, and it's rather unwieldy.
The sides of the box are blue and show simple pictures of the case in addition to various information about the case. It has a carrying handle on top, which may be useful for toting around this case, as the case does not have a built-in handle.
Inside the box is the case, a bag with a manual and Antec case sticker and warranty information, and a paper with some strange graphics on it which appear to tell the user to pull the case straight out of the box. This is strange, as this paper was underneath the case, so the user couldn't have possibly seen it before taking the case out of the box.