Date: April 28th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The overall look of the Twelve Hundred is very reminiscent of the Nine Hundred with its mesh panels and chevron –shaped side window. There are, however some enhanced/added features that really take the Twelve Hundred to the next level. For a large full tower chassis, the Twelve Hundred has appealing proportionality that keeps it from looking awkwardly long or tall.
The top, while similar to the Nine Hundred, got a bit of a design change. The 200mm X 30mm fan is still at the rear of the chassis under a mesh cover, but gets some blue LEDs for style. The fan is an Antec Tri-Cool unit with three speeds that are adjustable via a switch on the back panel and the LEDs can be switched off as well. The tray is still here, but much shallower and is flanked by some design elements that seem to serve no purpose, but will likely attract dust and other detritus and be difficult to clean. The I/O ports are moved more toward the front of the case and consist of…
…(from left to right,) a reset button, two nicely spaced USBs, an eSATA, a tiny blue HDD activity LED, audio ports and the main power button. A bronze-colored Antec emblem graces this area and I like the new look very much.
Looking at the front of the Twelve Hundred from the bottom you can see a virtually uniform appearance of the twelve bay covers, with three exceptions.