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  Product:     Antec P150 Quiet PC Case  
  Price:     $138 (CDN) / $120 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Antec
  Author:     Skaal-Tel
  Date:     March 2nd, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Antec for sending the P150 Quiet PC Case for review.

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Introduction:

The true revolution of this 21st century is not, in fact dual cores and video cards. It's a more subtle and less often noticed change which is far more important to your personal computing enjoyment. What is this mysterious underground movement? Computing in silence is often overlooked, until you find yourself unable to hear the telephone over your 13 screaming case fans. Various manufacturers have stepped up to offer silent offerings, or at least quieter than average cases. For the past few years Antec pursued a silent case design strategy. With the advent of the Sonata case, with rubber feet, large fans, rubber grommets and quiet fans, Antec had noticeably altered the options for computer buyers. Instead of beige or bright and gaudy, you could choose a gloss black and quiet case! Today, you can find the Sonata 2 doing much the same job with new competition from within Antec, in the form of the P-180 and P-150 cases. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the P150 Quiet PC case, which promises to even further raise expectations for lower decibels.

Specifications:

Provided in any colour you like, so long as it pure white, the Antec P150 is a full ATX mid-tower, with a unique hard drive mounting system, dual layered side panels, silicone feet, "tool-less" drive bays, a high quality power supply and more. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Antec website:

Model
P150
Case Dimensions

17.5"(H) x 8.1"(W) x 18.5"(D)

Drive Bays
- Front Accessible
- Internal

8
3x5.25", 1x3.5"
4x3.5" or 3x3.5" with HDD suspension

Expansion Slots

7

Cooling System

- 1 rear (standard) 120mm TriCool Fan with 3-speed switch control
- 2 front 92mm fan mounts (fans not included)

Main Board Size

12" (W) x 9.6" (L)

Weight (net/gross)

25.3/30.3 lbs
11.5/15.7 K

Motherboards

Standard ATX

Special Features

Internal mounts with rubber grommets

Optional HDD suspension system & Front USB Firewire Ports
Poly carbonate side panels to reduce noise
Advanced cable management system
Package Includes
1 Tower Case
1 set of screws and motherboard standoffs
1 set of screws and motherboard standoffs
1 NeoHE 430 installed
Power Supply

NeoHE 430w, ATX12V 2.2

Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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The Antec P-150 arrived unharmed within a double box. The P-150 case box is fairly clear in its description of the case' features, with a few good pictures. As far as durability goes the box has the usual plastic sheet cover over the case, and for something a little different, appears to be using recycled cardboard as the end pieces for packaging. The case was in perfect shape probably the first instance I've seen of a damage free case shipment.

Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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Out of the box the case is very appealing to my eye and has an Apple IPOD feel to it with smooth gloss white cover and brushed aluminum face plate. The front of the case features a smooth white recessed power button with blue LED to light the ring around it. The reset button is not lit and is slightly smaller. The usual pass through connections are present and functional including Firewire IEEE 1394, dual USB 2.0 and front panel audio. I think this location for the ports would be great for a case placed under a desk or something along those lines but might be a bit irritating if placed above the desk with your USB devices dangling from the ports. The buttons have a smooth and high quality feel to them. I was not at all worried about breaking them off inside the case.

Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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Antec P150 Quiet PC Case
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The HDD activity led is located off to the side and also lights blue. The Antec P150 has a single slot available for 3.5" devices on the outside of the case. While limiting placement of some aftermarket card readers, most users are moving away from floppy and zip drives so this shouldn't be an issue. The optical disk drives (ODD) are placed inside the frame and covered by the stealth plate to maintain the gloss white face of the case. If you have an ugly drive, or want to use a black drive, this is great. The faceplates can of course be removed if your preferences lie elsewhere. Also visible in these pictures is the grill along both sides of the faceplate. The case feet of the P150 are made of the same material as the hard drive grommets either soft rubber or silicone. They are fairly tall, and though they do squash down a bit, provide a very good vibration reduction.

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