A common misconception of poor quality styling and design with low-budget gaming cases was put to bed with the Antec Two Hundred featuring an interesting front bezel that served to offer an alternative to the plain black fronts found on many sub £50 gaming cases without looking out-of-place or over-the-top.
The Beta seems to follow in this trend with meshed drive bay covers and vertical air vents forming the front bezel. Sure, it’s not going to grace the walls of the Tate Modern but it’s not a bad look.
Unfortunately, the choice to construct the bezel out of plastic and not metal, in my opinion, not a justified one. The later material not only serves to make the enclosure much stronger and robust but also gives a much greater sense of high build quality.
The triangularly power and reset buttons sit either side of the air vents, about half way down the front panel. However, the ports are located on top of the chassis and sunk in so as to lie flush with the panel. The selection is pretty commonplace featuring dual 2.0 USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks and one eSATA connection which is always welcome.
With the sides simply comprised of black metal sheets, a couple of air vents on one side and both secured via thumbscrews, we’ll move swiftly on to the rear of the Beta chassis.
Again, it’s a fairly standard affair featuring a top-mounted PSU; 120mm exhaust fan vent and seven PCI slots. A few little touches, like the grommet-filled holes (for water-cooling purposes) help to increase the functionality and make the chassis more gaming/enthusiast orientated.