Antec P182 Advanced Super Mid Tower
Published: 28th May 2007 | Source: Antec | Price: |
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.
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.
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.
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.