Joined on 09/17/02
Pros: Great box with plenty of room. Pull out bays with drive shock mounts are great. Plenty of fans with filters. Quiet. Lots of parts for mounting. Really looks good. Made for high performance. Separate floor for the power supply. Swing away front door. This is an elegant case for high end users.
Cons: Static discharge to the USB socket on the front panel caused the mobo to reboot. Three times and the motherboard was fried. This never was a problem on an assembled computer or laptop or mixer or anything before. No response from Antec customer service. Found an earlier Antec model had this grounding problem. An Overclockers web page showed how to remove the front panel. I managed to break off a tang and screw up one of the fan doors doing just that. The USB, eSATA, and audio sockets were in a separate sealed assembly that could not be fixed. It tested OK with a continuity checker between the metal USB socket and the frame, but that's not HV. I'll try running another ground line to the mobo. This is still unresolved, and now, I need a new front panel. The front earphone jack was too tight when connected--the plug came out far easier than it went in. Maybe this? I got an expensive lesson. I wish I'd had some help from customer service before I whacked the fron
Overall Review: The P-193 really is a good case. It should NOT be susceptible to static when closed. It's probably an easy fix, but I don't have it yet. Industrial munitions plant anti-static spray on the rug, wrist straps, ankle straps, a new conductive desk, and an indoor swamp cooler to bump up the humidity will make it functional--I think. That is, after I rebuild it with the new mobo, eight drives comprising two raid systems, water cooler, new thermal coating, DDR3 memory, a jillion little plugs, and everything over the top for editing. And I'm still not comfortable about resolving the problem. I don't want to buy another box, but I will gladly pay for a new front panel--that was my fault. That is if I can ever get customer service to respond. Antec is an American company. Why don't I hop in my truck, drive over there, and have some frank words with their engineering department! A high end product should never be "almost". I want to be using my computer, not fussing with it.
Pros: Hardware is a quality build.
Cons: Dead CD. Nothing readable. No download available to replace it. This makes the product useless. This looks like an unburned CD. The package was literally welded shut requiring shop shears to open. This is overkill.
Overall Review: I just want a working CD. Contacting Newegg..
Faked Clack Is Bothersome!
Pros: Solid build. Heavy. Cloth wrapped USB cord. Full keyboard. The keyboard looks really rugged.
Cons: The clack technique feels like a sleeve c-o-c-king (not a bad word) on a shaft, jamming and then bottoming out. The hydrostatic shock is bothersome. This is NOT a negative spring--it's a faked clack. Mechanically, it feels worrysome, bad suspension with a rattling travel. One sitting, and you know it's not a real M1.
Overall Review: It's just a noise maker. Too bad because it's built well.
Pros: One call, and customer service was there to help. Without going into the details, I will have replacement parts for my front panel and further assistance should I need it for any future troubles. This is a great case, and I see that Antec will stand behind it.
Cons: None anymore. Be sure your power supply has LONG leads--get a high end unit. Find screws to lay flat for the rear fan should you remount it with a radiator or other hardware. The lip from the big fan side covers the two outer screw heads. I Dremeled notches to mount the radiator and fan for a Corsair H50. No biggie.
Overall Review: Replacing a mobo is not fun. Having an odd problem recognized by customer service without question makes the extra work easier. When you buy this case, you truly are a member of an elite group. When you use it to the max, everyone will know it..
..One of the Best..
Pros: Read about the smooth head movement, and add that to 7200_rpm with a free-fall option, and you have a great drive. I have three. My laptop 5400_rpm drive died due to heat--there was a thumb sized wad of dog hair between the cooling fan and the main radiator. With a little care, this should never happen again. I learned the hard way. This drive makes my middle aged ACER perform like it's overclocked. The drive plus more memory made a great improvement. I use another drive with a SilverStone enclosure for recording 8 tracks live. The enclosure slips into a floppy sized slot on my desktop for editing. Since I've had these drives, I've had zero problems. They're fast, silent, cool, big, and reliable.
Cons: Aside from mounting the drive yourself, there really is no down side. You may have a random bad drive--just replace it. Once you get it settled down, it will simply work. I have three, and all were good out of the envelope.
Overall Review: Get this enclosure.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256030 If you know what you are doing, you will have a gold mine. I used Paragon to copy all the working partitions from a lame drive onto this drive, mounted it, and it is working today. It's like greased lightning.
..The Right Stuff..
Pros: I needed an enclosure for an external 2.5" Scorpio Black HD with Free Fall Sensor. I use this setup to record live 8 tracks of 24 bit 88.2_kHz audio via laptop. The SilverStone case is easily carried in my briefcase. It slides right in to the 3.5" floppy sized adapter in my editing machine and becomes a SATA drive that is internally powered like all my other drives. It simply works. And it works well.
Cons: It would be nice if the main computer adapter had a door on it that would stop the dust when it doesn't have a drive slid in. This is a minor problem considering the convenience. The only cable required is the USB to the laptop. I press the pop-out from the Antec case over the mounted drive socket, and that handles the dust. Not elegant, but effective, and it looks fine.
Overall Review: This is a great idea. I own three of these. With a 7200 rpm Scorpio Black drive, it's unbeatable. Use it to mirror your laptop with Paragon or some other system--remove the drive and physically replace the one in your laptop if needed. If you know what you are doing, this is the enclosure for you.