Some of us prefer small computers over the traditional sized ones and Micro-ATX is the answer to those preferences. Unfortunately good looking, high quality, micro-atx cases are hard to come by. Antec provided us with the little brother of the many times awarded P182 case, called P180 Mini. Let’s take a closer look at it and see how good it actually is!
Check their webpages at www.antec.com for details about the company.
Specifications & Features:
Unique upper and lower chamber structure: the power supply resides in a separate chamber to isolate heat from the system and lower system noise.
Stylish black interior
No power supply included: to optimize the performance of your Mini P180, your choice of power supply is crucial. Antec strongly recommends choosing from our Signature or TruePower series.
Configurable to accomodate graphics cards with full length PCBs
8 Drive Bays
• External 3 x 5.25″; 1 x 3.5″
• Internal 5 x 3.5″ for HDD
Cable organization for added convenience and better airflow
Innovative three-layer side panel (aluminium, plastic, aluminium) dampens system generated noise, making this one of the quietest cases available
• 1 rear (standard) 120mm x 25mm TriCool Fan
• 1 top (standard) 200mm x 25mm TriCool fan
• 2 front chamber (optional) 120mm Fan
• Exterior speed control switches
Maximum video card size: 9.5″/241mm (Note: some video cards may require removal of the adjacent hard drive cage)
Compatible Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX
4 Expansion Slots
Double hinge door designed to open up to 270º
• 2 x USB 2.0
• 1 x eSATA
• Audio In and Out (AC’ 97 and HDA)
0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis
• 17.1″(H) x 8.3″(W) x 17.2″(D)
• 43,5cm(H) x 21,2cm(W) x 43,6cm(D)
• 20″(H) x 11.1″(W) x 20.3″(D)
• 51,0cm(H) x 28,3cm(W) x 51,5cm(D)
• Net: 20.9 lbs / 9,5 kg
• Gross: 24.4 lbs / 11,1 kg
The front panel of the Antec P180 mini is colored in dark gray and it covers the whole front panel (except the small area where front panel connectors are located). Some of us may think Antec P180 series cases look a bit dull, but personally I prefer very conservative and clean looking cases over other cases available. Other than the Antec logo printed in the upper right corner, the door doesn’t have any other printings in it. The door, like the whole case, is made from layered plastic and metal.
The walls of the case are made from steel/polycarbonate mix. This compound makes the to feel like a bit plastic, but it also helps in absorbing any resonating noises coming from the case. The walls have matte black coating and overall the case has very clean and conservative, a bit of a “server like” look.
A huge 200mm exhaust fan is located on the roof which is behind a meshed section. This allows the air to freely move out from the case.
There are few airholes in the front door allowing the front fans to take fresh air without too much trouble.
Opening the front panel reveals to us the the dustfilter doors (two of them) and three 5.25″ slots. The door will open all the way up to 270 degrees like with other P180/P190 series cases.