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Antec P150 Mini Tower
By Vincent Chang
Category : Casings And Coolers
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 30th December, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Exterior Design Part 1

If we had to sum up the Antec P150 in a single word, 'classic' immediately springs to mind. Eschewing the smooth guise of the Antec P180, which could be mistaken for a mini fridge by the unwary, the P150 returns to the roots with a design that recalls the iconic beige PC box that we are all so familiar with. Though of course, this being the decade of the iPod and iMac, the glossy white finish on the P150 is more Apple than the ubiquitous black favored by Dell (not a bad thing considering Apple's more hip image). Fortunately, the finish is more resistant to fingerprints than the iPod and its brethren and while we did manage to dirty it with our grubby hands, it wasn't too obvious and easily dealt with.

A very conventional front bezel. Some may see it as boring but we think it's classic. After all, the 'classic' look is never out of fashion.

The front bezel is as we have mentioned, favors the traditional, going for the classic look. The predominantly white glossy finish of the casing is contrasted by a subdued and somber gray, brushed aluminum front bezel. The low profile appearance says it all: this is not a casing for flashy kids who measure their worth by the number of cooler fans and case LED fixtures. The clean cut P150 is for the discerning individual who knows the value of silence and comfortable with himself; this is not the case for egotists.

There is no door like the Antec P180. Instead, the drive bays look to be exposed on first glance. A closer look revealed that your ugly optical drives are actually hidden by the bezel with white drive covers that bring a neat uniformity at once, which is modern and yet conventional. Being only a Mini Tower, the P150 has only three external drive bays and the user can opt for a 3.5-inch external drive instead at the expense of one of the 5.25-inch drives. The usual power and reset buttons are found at the typical locations, with the USB ports, FireWire port and audio outputs placed below the buttons. A nice touch that reminds us of some SFF and HTPC designs is the power LED, which is in the shape of a ring around the power button with a blue glow when powered on.

The normal power, reset buttons, along with the USB ports that we have come to rely on. FireWire is not for everyone, but the audio jacks are standard.

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