Date: November 17th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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This case is available in two configurations. The P160W that we'll look at in this article has a large side window while the P160 is windowless. Clearly, Antec is targeting the pre-modded chassis market with this offering and they have come up with a very sleek, stylish unit.
Inside the case, Antec has included a 120mm low speed (1600 RPM) fan wrapped in a foam-backed protective cover. The cover doubles as an instruction sheet for the silicone fasteners included with the fan. A cardboard box contains eight drive rails, two keys, two extra fan fasteners and a zip-bag of mounting hardware. Rubber case feet are pre-installed.
So, that's what in the carton. Now let's take a closer look at the P160W and see what kind of goodies Antec has incorporated into this stylish chassis.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
We'll begin by taking a quick look at the front bezel and then examining the more interesting features in detail. While the remainder of this case is aluminum, the bezel is all plastic. The face of the bezel is silver-colored (matches the case body nicely) and is surrounded by a chrome, vented frame with chrome accents. At the top, Antec designers have come up with a unique control panel for the P160 that has some very nice features. Just below the control panel are four 5.25-inch bays with the top two having “stealth” faceplates. One of the two 3.5-inch bays has a stealth faceplate as well. Three large vertical slots with chrome accents provide ventilation for the optional 120mm fan.
Depressing the latch button (red arrow) allows the control panel to be rotated 45 degrees. This nifty feature makes the P160 equally at home on the desktop or on the floor. Moving from left to right, the control panel has one Firewire and two USB 2 ports, a small chrome reset button, audio ports and a large power button. There is another cool feature on the control panel, but I'm going to make you wait a little longer for it.
The stealth bay covers allow one to use optical drives of any color while maintaining a uniform look. Chrome buttons and a transparent window, for monitoring the drive activity lights, make these covers suitable for most optical drives on the market. I've owned cases in the past with this feature and I like it a lot. There is also a stealth cover for the floppy drive.