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Take the existing P183 and P193 and add these features:


1.) The Mobo/PSU swapping capability of the Antec LANboy Air. This was a great idea, but the execution of that case as a whole was poorly done, and the ability to orient DVD drives in weird ways wasn't worth bothering with. But being able to swap the position of the motherboard or PSU was a great idea, and deserves a second chance.

2.) The screw holding box from the LANboy Air. Another good idea, a small compartment at the bottom front of the case to store the case's excess screws for your next upgrade.

3.) The HDD mounting system from the Antec NSK6580. If you aren't familiar with this case, it's a very nice case with a few serious flaws and poor pricing. But the HDD mounting system is excellent. You screw your hard drive into a small caddy, with silicone washers to reduce noise. Then the caddy snaps into the cage. It's extremely easy to install or move around hard drives, and reduces HDD noise dramatically. A+ idea that needs to be implemented in more of their cases.

4.) The side panel mechanism from the NSK6580. Another good idea from this case, you can leave off the two screws for the side panel and it will be held in place by two snaps, and you can open up your case just by pushing the two buttons. Very easy to open up your system for upgrades or cleaning or just admiring it.

5.) PAINT THE GODDAMN INTERIOR BLACK. Just DO it already!!!!

6.) Corsair's cable management style. Those rubbery thru- things for cables or water cooling are brilliant, and in my opinion should be the standard for high end cases. They make the system look so much cleaner. Antec's main problem is cable management--they need to take a leaf out of Corsair's book here.

7.) Fan controller hub. Have all stock case fans plug into a hub that sits in one of the 5.25" drive bays, with dials to let you control the fanspeed of all of them to balance noise and airflow.



Do those things and I'll buy ten on release day.

Who's with me?
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 1/20/11 at 7:26pm
post #2 of 21
Screw antec...and go for corsair or cooler master...I went wrong with 900...had to mod it a lot (paint and dremel) and simply its not worth it...my next case is gonna be Corsair 650D
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I don't like Corsair's styling, nor that of most of CoolerMaster's cases.

The reason I said Antec is because they have so many good ideas--they're just spread out over a dozen cases that have other problems that bring those ideas down. There's so much win, but they can't seem to bring it together into one case. The only thing Antec really fails at consistently is cable management; which is why I said for them to copy Corsair in that regard.
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I'd have to agree with you on everything but #3.

Drop them an email.
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I'd have to agree with you on everything but #3.

Drop them an email.
Why not #3? I've found that in most cases the most annoying thing is installing the hard drives; you have to remove both side panels, or there are flimsy snaps, or something like that. But in my NSK (housing my NAS and linux box) hard drive installation takes like 20 seconds. It's brilliant.
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Why not #3? I've found that in most cases the most annoying thing is installing the hard drives; you have to remove both side panels, or there are flimsy snaps, or something like that. But in my NSK (housing my NAS and linux box) hard drive installation takes like 20 seconds. It's brilliant.
Yes I have them in my case and the hard drives just snap into the caddy with no screws at all,it is brilliant.
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post #7 of 21
Im with you Phaedrus...
I would spend good money on a case with those things.
I refuse to spend more than $100 on a case (so the Lian Li K60B is probably the nicest Case I will ever own) and I would gladly pay ~$200 for a case like that.
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Why not #3? I've found that in most cases the most annoying thing is installing the hard drives; you have to remove both side panels, or there are flimsy snaps, or something like that. But in my NSK (housing my NAS and linux box) hard drive installation takes like 20 seconds. It's brilliant.
I had something like that with my old case, and I like the idea of hot swappable bays even more.

I'd like to see a cool tool less bracket for the expansion slots.
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post #9 of 21
Some guy from Antec (supposedly) came in here a few months ago asking us what we'd like to see.

Your ideas were prevelant in that thread. Antec doesn't care. The P182 and the P180 mini were their best cases ever, and they never bothered expanding on those, which is a shame. Everything is based off the same piece of **** 300/900/1200 cases.
post #10 of 21
To say "Antec doesn't care" isn't a fair assessment.

We haven't been around for twenty five years without knowing and caring about what our customers want. We've seen this specific thread pop up in our google alerts and it's actually being passed around and discussed internally. We know who Phaedrus is and we appreciate and value his feedback. But it doesn't end with him.

I can tell you that I've seen at least two or three dozen emails since I arrived here late last year from both Scott Richards (VP of sales and marketing) and Andrew Lee (President and founder) where they've received a customer's feedback and want the opinion of product development, marketing as well as some of the enthusiasts on staff. These ideas come in all the time and no matter how cryptic, off the wall or crazy some of them may be (and there have been some doozies) we read them all.

We've also created products as a direct result from feedback we've received from the community. We just launched the KUHLER H2O 620 CPU cooler specifically because we received such STRONG feedback from our customers in surveys. Nearly 50% of our customers who responded to our surveys said they'd like us to make a water cooling system. You can read more about this on our blog.

The Dark Fleet chassis was also created from the feedback we received from you. Features that customers asked for specifically were put into this. You can find the details on that here

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/df/feature.html

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that we are listening. We are reading the forums and we're working diligently to continue to create products that you want.

Keep it coming.

Jessie
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