Antec P182 Advanced Super Mid Tower

Externals

Externals

From the outside this case looks identical to the P180. There is an special edition variant of the P182 which has mirror finished side panels, but unfortunately that version wasn't available for this review. The P182 is certainly a very sleek looking case, with no obvious blow holes on the front or side panels. The finish is what Antec refers to as 'gun metal black', which to me at least is a rather dark grey. To illustrate this I placed one of the panels from my original P180B next to the P182. As with the original, its panels consist of the 3-ply metal-plastic-metal that was designed too keep the case as quiet as possible.

p182_over p182_panels

Here we see the front door of the P182, hiding away all the normal front panel features except for the USB, firewire and audio connectors. Along with the external connectors is the lock, so that if you wish you can stop people accessing what hides under the door. All things considered, it's pretty plain - sporting only an embossed Antec into the top right.

p182_front

Under the door we see a well thought out bay design, with 4 x 5.25" bays at the top and a single external 3.5" bay in the middle. Also we see on the front the grilled doors that open up to reveal the P182s dust filters. Personally I think these are a neat addition as they do stop an awful lot of dust. The only down side being that you have to clean them regularly.

p182_front_open p182_front_filters

The side panels are very minimalist. Simply the metal, black panel surrounded by the slightly duller plastic for the lower tier. There are no fan holes or vents on either side.

p182_side

Moving to the rear of the case we come encounter some of the first changes that Antec have made to warrant the P182 name. The case retains its well thought out rear layout, whilst making some improvements. Firstly, Antec have mounted the speed control switches for the two exhaust fans into the back of the case. Thus making it far, far easier than the previous model to adjust fan speeds. The second change to the back panel is the addition of pre-cut holes, complete with grommets, to accompany water cooling tubing. Essentially it allows the user to run their lines to an externally mounted or free standing radiator.

p182_back p182_back_switches

p182_back_water

As with its elder brother, the P182 looks rather ravishing. It maintains its smooth all over approach whilst adding to the existing functionality of the original design. Let's take a look at the innards of the case...
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23-05-2007, 06:48:11

Ham
Recently I got a chance too look over Antec's new revision of the p180. See how it fairs hereQuote

23-05-2007, 06:54:46

FarFarAway
It's a hard case to criticise tbh, although I'm not a huge fan of the looks it's still a nice looking case.

Glad they sorted cable tidying too Quote

23-05-2007, 09:12:34

ionicle
looks cool

only one snag,

NO WINDOW!

the only thing that case needs...

and antec STIL dont bother

thats the only reason i wouldnt buy one

black, or shiney gunmetal, with window....Quote
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