Conclusion: The impressive nature of the Mini P180 begins with the packaging as it features plenty of product images and specifications which leave the consumer with few questions about the chassis. This positive first impression continues when unboxing the case as we find it well protected within foam and with plastic covers on each of the sides to ensure it arrives in the same condition as it left the factory.
Excerpt: Finding the right chassis for a system build is like setting up the foundation before building out the design of your computer and working your craftsmanship into the intricate details of component selection and configuration. Start with a good foundation that caters to your build requirements and you're bound to have a better overall end result when you hit the power switch to boot up for the first time. And though the average enthusiast might choose a larger full...
Conclusion: The Mini P180 gets above average marks for presentation. Maybe it was a random freak of nature that UPS delivered it to my door without a scratch, but it looks like the packaging can stand up to some abuse without damaging the product. The retail box was both attractive and informative, all business; no dragons or half-dressed women on the outside or the inside.
Pros: Rigid construction, Classy and subtle looks, perfect for the target market, Flexible cooling options, top and rear exhaust with speed controls, Superior cable management, Inside looks as good as the outside, Isolated chambers for PSU and motherboard, drives, Quiet operation, 200mm fan is a cut above the competition, Unmatched panel damping on side panels, Front air filters easily accessible from outside, Impressive manufacturing quality, Available in Black or White, G...
Cons: Heavy construction, Slightly high cost, could be reduced with Value Engineering, PSU air filter only accessible by opening side panel, Can't have a front fan and a drive cage in the same space, Had to remove rear fan to install MB with CPU HSF attached, Front door a nuisance for some
Excerpt: Most custom-built PCs today have gaudy cases, with flashy blue neon lights, and LED fans. Antec is taking a different approach with the new minimalistic Mini P180 mini-tower case, which builds on top of their award winning P180 and P182 cases in a compact design, perfect for LAN parties. How does it perform? Is it worth the money? Find out after the jump.
Pros: Excellent cable management., Nearly silent., Stylish black interior.
Summary: The impressive nature of the Mini P180 begins with the packaging as it features plenty of product images and specifications which leave the consumer with few questions about the chassis. This positive first impression continues when unboxing the case as we find it well protected within foam and with plastic covers on each of the sides to ensure it arrives in the same condition as it left the factory.
Conclusion: The Mini P180 is a welcome addition to Antec’s Performance One line of enclosures and stands up well against its larger siblings. It’s a sleek and stylish case with a lot of features packed into it. Although the idea of a case aimed at gamers that only accommodates a microATX motherboard was somewhat lost on me at first, I can certainly see the possibilities now.
Conclusion: Altogether the new Mini follows the footsteps of the previous P180-series cases very carefully. The good ventilation that allows even the hottest running components to be used in the case, the composite side panels and the vibration dampening mountings for the HDDs do their part in making even a bit louder components quieter. Quiet components always remain the key to quiet setup, but a case like this can definitely further improve the noise characteristics of the system.
Pros: Good ventilation, Quiet, Dust filters
Cons: Heavy and large for a mATX-case, Removal of the bottom dust filter
Excerpt: Viewing page 1 of 7 pages. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next March 7, 2008 by Mike Chin Product Antec Mini P180 Advanced Super Mini Tower Case Manufacturer Antec Market Price US$120~160 Antec's P180 franchise, which began right here at SPCR three years ago , shows no sign of abating. The original design underwent some modifications during the first couple of years. Last year, it was relaunched as the P182, with substantially improved cable management.
Pros: Great P180/182 features in smaller package, Excellent airflow, Very good cooling, Good damping against noise and vibration, Can accommodate huge video card and lots of gear
Cons: Big fan sound quality not the best, hard to replace, Awkward bottom position for optical drives; short top optical bay., Too heavy for LAN parties?, Pricey