Antec P160

Review

posted 9/7/2004 by Charles Husemann
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One Page Platforms: PC
I’ll admit that I’ve developed something of a case fetish over the last few months. First, it was the Antec Lanboy. then I moved on to the Aspire Dreamer-X II and now I’ve moved onto the Antec P160. Why? I don’t know the reason why but I do know that I’m digging this new case from Antec.

The first thing you notice about the P160 is how big it is. While it’s smaller than a full tower, it’s much taller than your standard mid-tower case. The case measures 20.5 inches tall by 19.7 inches deep, by 8.1 inches wide. If you don’t have a lot of room to store your case, you might want to measure your desk to make sure you have enough room for the case. I had to lower my computer shelf a notch to accommodate it and it was still a tight fit.

The case is mostly gray with silver accents on the front. One of the first things I noticed when I saw the case for the first time was the three big vent slots on the front. Each of these slots has a blue LED which lights up when the computer is on. There are two built in optical drive covers which helps maintain the look of the case since you’ll be hard pressed to buy drives that match the color scheme of the case. At the top of the case is a cylindrical area that houses the front mounted USB ports, IEEE 1394 header, reset button, power button, front mounted headphone and microphone jacks and a LED display that displays the temperature from the two temperature sensors inside the case. This cylinder area can be rotated up to about a 30 degree angle. This is a nice function if you set your case on the floor but would you really want to put this nice of a case on the floor?

Installation in the case is about as easy as it gets. Disappointingly, the P160 doesn’t come with a power supply so I pulled the 340 Watt power supply out of my old LanBoy and installed it in the P160. After that, it was time to install the included 120MM fan on the back of the case. Instead of screwing the fan into the case, you use a series of soft plastic push-ins that you pull through the case and then trim off the excess. It’s a nice touch that helps reduce noise in the system but they are very fragile and if you screw up the installation you’re kind of hosed.

Installing my optical drives was a tad more difficult. The case comes with two drive covers to keep the nice look of the case intact. This means that in order to install the drives you have to remove the bevel to install them. It’s not that big of a deal except that you have to deal with the wires for the front of the case but it can be a little nerve racking to try and get the bevel off the first time without breaking anything. Once the drives are in, you hook everything up. It’s a bit of a stretch given the height of the case. Before you put the bevel back on, you have to set the internal sliders so that the external buttons line up with your optical drive buttons. It’s a nice touch and helps make the two external buttons useful.
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