The Antec P150 Quiet PC Case ReviewWed, May 31, 2006 - 12:00 AM
Suspended Hard Drives Are Cool
After removing everything to get to the hard drives I noticed hard drive trays that easily slid out and had very thick rubber mounts to help silence the drives. This is the method that Antec has been doing for over three years.
With softer and thicker rubber than what is found on the Antec Sonata the hard drive mounts are very nice on the Antec P150. Using the trays for installation is the only way to go for those that travel often. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t travel much with my PC, so I didn’t use the trays.
The Antec P150 offers suspension mounting of the hard disks, which is the ultimate way to silence hard drive noise. There are three sets of rubber suspenders inside the drive bay that will allow you to hang up to three drives. Each hard drive needs two suspenders (front and rear) to be mounted correctly. It should be noted that this method should NOT be used if the PC is ever transported as the drives will fall out.
Mounting the optical drive was also very easy. Using two plastic drive rails located at the bottom of the case we were able to slide our optical drive right into the top bay. Be sure to hear a click when sliding the drive into the case. The plane white front covers can be kept, but we wanted to see the front of the optical drive and removed the top one. If you are trying to keep a plain front then use the universal drive door to hide the optical drive.
Every case review can’t be complete with out talking about the ‘feet’ used on the case. Back in the day Antec used to have hard plastic feed that used to spin out for an extra stable stance. The Antec P150 uses soft rubber feet that are much like the rubber used to mount the hard drives. Sliding this system across a desk would cause no harm with this solution!