After pulling the Antec Twelve Hundred out of its box, we were pleased with what we saw. The flat black paint job definitely means business. Antec isn’t typically known for using bright colours in their design and I’m glad to see them stick with their signature understated style.
The front panel jacks are tossed up top are are easy to reach when perched underneath a desk. Antec has also used flush mounted reset and power buttons to prevent accidental activation when reaching for your media player or your beverage seated in the top accessory tray.
Directly behind the accessory tray is the grill for the massive big boy 200mm fan. The fan has adjustment settings (L-M-H) and the ability to disable the blue LED built into it in case it starts ruining your pitch black gaming atmosphere. It does get quite bright.
The back of the case reveals a built in fan speed adjustment panel that first appeared in the Antec P182. From this panel, you can adjust exhaust fan speed from the 200mm big boy, to the two rear mounted 120mm fans. The switch to the disable the blue LED lights in the big boy is also here. Front panel fan adjustment is done using small individual aluminum dials which are blended in nicely to the existing front grill fascia.
The plexi side panel is also ventialted and includes the option to attach a 120mm Tri-Cool or any other one of your favourite 120mm fans. Let’s undo the thumbscrews and have a look inside…