P183 Advanced Mid Tower Overview
If you are familiar with the Performance One series of cases then you will notice the P183 looks a lot like previous versions of the case. Antec has put a nice metal finish on both sides and the front of the case. While this case is large it is still a mid tower case. The front of the case is covered by a door that has 4 openings on the side that not only look cool, but allow air to flow into the case.
Also on the front of the case you have a lock that allows you to lock the front door. Below that is an eSATA connection, 2x USB connections, and front audio connections. Good to see Antec including eSATA on this case. I really like the door on this case it opens all the way up and can be folded back to sit flush against the side of the case. This allows it to not be in the way and not accidentally get broken off, believe me I’ve seen it happen!
Looking at the front of the case you have 4 5.25-inch drive bays and moving down there is a single 3.5-inch external drive bay. Also on the front of the case are 2 doors that open. These are right in front of the 2 fan placements. All of the drive bay covers and these doors have filters on them that allow air to come in but trap dust and other debris.
Moving around to the back of the case we can see that it is the basic setup we are used to on most cases. Like most new cases the power supply is located on the bottom, this case is one of the only cases that has the room for Antec’s CP-Series power supplies. This case also has 2 openings for water-cooling tubes. At the top of the case you have the fan controls for both the top and rear fans.
The top 120mm fan is covered by a honeycombed exhaust vent. So with the rear 120mm fan you only get 2 included fans with this case. As expected the side panel is held into place with thumbscrews.