Once again another quality case from Antec. They have improved the existing case by adding front vents on the case, adding filters to the entire front of the case, and the lower chamber has been changed to allow for longer power supplies and easier cable management for the bottom hard drive cage. These improvements are great, but I don’t think they bring the P183 up to date with what we see coming out from other companies.
First off there are no tool-less systems on this case at all so installation is going to take you a little bit longer. There are routing holes for your cables but they are small and are not in the right places. There is no opening behind the motherboard for easier CPU cooler installation. There is no opening below the power supply to allow better airflow. Longer video cards will not fit if you have the top hard drive cage in use. And finally there is no 2.5-inch hard drive placement for solid state drives. These are all things that we have seen in cases that we have reviewed lately.
Don’t get me wrong though this still is a very good case. It is quality made and is solid. Antec has stuck by their internal design, which does work well and is great for cooling. Also the panels on this case are designed to keep the noise to a minimum.
Right now you can find this case online for around $150, which is what you would expect to pay for an Antec case like this. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Antec P183 Advanced Mid Tower Case an 8 out of 10 score.
Note: After we posted this review Antec informed us that the current production P183’s feature the 2.5” hard drive SSD compatibility, since December actually. By now, the channel should be 100 percent filled with the compatible models. The current production also includes a CPU cutout.
– Quality made
– Room for 6 hard drives
– Able to fit Antec’s CP-Series power supplies
– Very quiet
– No intake fan included
– Longer video cards will not fit if the top hard drive cage is in use
– Missing many features new cases have