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THE ANTEC KS282 MID-TOWER COMPUTER CASE
Last updated: 11/10//99

The Antec KS282 is a very attractive and well-designed, ATX mid-tower computer case.  It is available with 230 and 300 Watt power supplies.  The model with the 300 watt power supply (# 12281) is the one used for this review.

The KS282's excellent air circulation, well-positioned places to accommodate two optional chassis fans, and hefty power supply makes this case an excellent choice for those who want to build a high-end, fully-loaded computer--a gamer's delight.

BENT METAL.  The KS282 is made from .8 mm steel and has a very solid feel.  Most of the edges are bent in to strengthen it and reduce the possibility of cuts during assembly.

The case has two identical, removable sides each of which lock into place with six fingers each at the top and bottom, eight clips along the front, and two alignment tabs and two screws at the rear.  They are relatively easy to remove with the aid of indents along the rear of each side and they slide into place with minimal fidgeting.  There is a U-shaped piece of metal with two holes on the right side of the back of the case which passes through a slot on the edge of the removable left side so the side can be pad-locked.  When the right side is removed, one sees another interior side which completely covers the chassis cavity except for some holes to mount drives in the 5 1/4 bay.  This pretty much blocks assess to the guts of a computer built with this case from the right side and strengthens the case.  The sides are quite hefty with thick folded edges and integral triangular braces at the top and bottom.  There is a wide band of ventilation holes from the top to the bottom at the front of the sides.  There are spring fingers every 2 1/2" at the edges on the sides, top, and bottom where the sides come into contact with chassis to maintain the continuity of the exterior of the case to reduce electro-magnetic radiation (interference) (EMI) from the case .  These springs do not easily pop off the case like the snap on contacts used with many other computer cases.

The interior of the KS282 is divided into two compartments.  The first occupies the top 5 1/2" of the case and contains power supply and the 5 1/4" drive bays.   With exception of a large rectangular hole to expose the left side of the power supply and permit access to, and provide storage for cabling, and holes to mount the 5 1/4" drives, the left side of the compartment consists of sheet metal from the front to the rear of the case.  This strengthens the case further.

The power supply sets on a flange on the bottom of the left side of the compartment, tabs on the interior right side, and screws to the back of the case.  Again, the clean EMI design of this case is apparent in spring-like fingers on the left an right side of the compartment which grip the power supply and further assure integrity of the Faraday shield. The top of the power supply is 1 1/2" from the top of the case.  This permits passage of hot air that may accumulate at the very top of the case out a series of holes all along the back of the case above the power supply.

The other compartment is clearly the motherboard compartment and it is wide open.  The only significant protrusion is the 3 /12" drive bay which is easily removed by pushing a large leaver on the left side of bay rearward.  This case is roomy and "a dream" to work with.

There are no chassis knockouts for Baby AT motherboard, etc. connectors.  I would suggest to Antec that there is certainly room to punch some DB25 and DB9 knockouts just below the optional rear chassis fan mounting position.  I do use them.

The top on this case is removable and not riveted in place like many other cases.  It is secured at the back by two screws and is easily removed by sliding it backward.  Techs are going to like this feature because they will not have to remove a CD-ROM or DVD drive mounted in the top 5 1/4" drive bay to determine its make and model.

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