Antec P183 Reviewgotdamojo06 - September 23, 2009
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The Antec P183 case has a very sleek and clean look to it, and it almost takes a very similar design and color scheme to the newer appliances that you may get for your house. The front of the Antec P183 has a nice solid front door that does cover the power and reset button, and has the stainless steel color to it with black accent coloring. There is a front IO panel that is visible on the lower right hand side of the front, allowing you to plug in your favorite accessories with out having to reach around the back of the case. The top right-hand corner of the door is where you are going to find the Antec logo imprinted in the material. This gives it a very clean look without adding any more attention to the case. Along the right side of the door that covers the whole front, you are going to see air holes that are going to allow air to easily flow though the front door and inside of the case. The back of the case looks very similar to most of the cases out on the market. There is a PSU hole at the bottom of the case, and a large fan at the top above the rear IO panel. Below the rear IO panel, you have your expansion slots. There are air holes inside of the slot covers to allow for more airflow out of the case. Sitting right on top of the expansion slots is where you will find two holes with rubber grommets that will allow you to feed tubing to the inside of the case for a liquid cooling setup. Both sides of the case are very simplistic in design, there are no side windows, no handles to grab on and no fans installed on either of them, they are completely colored with the black and stainless steel color scheme, completing the clean look of the case.
The side panel for the Antec P183 computer chassis is very simplistic as I had mentioned before; there are no handles to take away from the clean look of the case, nor is there a side window to allow you to view the inside of your case, which can either add to the overall cleanliness of the case or take away from it, depending on either if you take the time to complete some good wire management or if the manufacturer took the time to design the window well. The other thing that is absent from the side panel that most cases out on the market have, is a fan to either suck in fresh cooler air or expel the warm air building up inside of the case. The inside of the side panel is also very simplistic - it is colored black and while, with the center being white and the outer edges being black.
Since we have the side panel of the Antec P183 off already, it seems like a logical idea to take a look at how Antec has setup the P183 and where the "cooling chambers" are located and how they have been exasperated and closed off from other areas of the case.
The Antec P183 does come packaged with an accessories kit as well as some directions in a plastic bag. When you open up the white box that contains all of the accessories, you are going to see quite a few different things. This includes four pairs of 5.25" drive tooless installation clips as well as a pair of 3.5" drive installation clips, three re-useable cable ties to help keep the inside of your case nice and neat looking, a clip that you can use to mount a fan in the middle of the case, as well as a bag of screws that you may need to install your motherboard and other accessories inside of your case, if you do not have any others laying around. The user manual is quite simple. Antec has pledged to go green, so they show a basic diagram of the case and redirect you to their site for the full user manual in electronic form. There is a pinout guide for the different cables for the front IO panel, as well as a warranty sheet explaining the three year waranty that comes with the case.
Now that we know the basic layout of the Antec P183, it's time to take an even closer look at the parts of the case that are going to allow it to function properly.