Outside, side, underside , offside !
A profile shot of the P182B reveals the exhaust top fan spoiler, as well as the near perfect paint/color finish:
The top fan spoiler is optional, and can be removed:
If we flip the case on its side you can see the 4 soft rubber feet which help prevent vibration being transferred to the surface below;
A closer look at the side panel reveals it multi part structure, the main body is made from hard plastic, with colored insert at the outside and light grey metal at the inside to help the side panel sturdiness as well as block sound from escaping the case.
The front door is similar to the side panels, only lacks the light grey metal insert at the inside:
The door stays closed by use of 2 magnets, and is easy to open; it swivels on three hinges which allow the front door to completely flip outwards like this:
In the photo above you can see the ventilation grills at the each side of the front panel, where cool air is sucked in when the door is closed.Inside & Cooling
The inside of the P182B is where it is at, you can see how the different compartments separate the motherboard area from the PSU and hard drive section.
Cooling wise the Antec P182B comes equipped with three 120mm TriCool fans, one at the top, one at the back, and one in front of the PSU.
The fan speed of the PSU can be set to High/Medium/Low by use of the known tri-selector cable coming from this fan. The top and rear fans however get a special treatment this time around. Their fan speed can be set at the back of the case, High/Medium/Low.
The default configuration recommended by Antec is to set these two at “Low” and the bottom one at Medium, this gives a good balance between cooling and noise.
For those seeking more cooling power you can attach and additional 120mm fan at the rear of the top hard drive cage as well as right before it:
In the photo above we used a Noctua 800rpm model for demo, the use of this fan does render the bay practically useless for hard drives.
Let’s get some hardware installed ->