Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The Antec P182SE Special Edition advanced super mid-tower case will certainly appeal to a niche audience.  If you like the clean lines and unique look that the mirror finished stainless steel front and side panels have to offer then Antec’s P182SE Special Edition may be the one of a kind case for you!  The P182SE is a relatively compact mid-tower chassis and yet still provides 11 storage bays and is a big improvement over the original P180.  The three bundled 120mm Tri-Cool fans can be adjusted to deliver the right balance of airflow to noise thanks to the integrated speed controls.   However, if you’re not sold on a mirrored case, you may be happier with another enclosure like the ever popular Antec Nine Hundred gaming case.

The P182SE is not a large chassis and the relatively tight compartmentalized spaces inside the enclosure make installation in general a little challenging.  Not a big deal if you like the look of this case and plan to do a basic one-time build but may not be ideally suited for the enthusiast who is constantly upgrading components and tinkering with their system, especially if you are planning to run dual high-end video cards, a large power supply, lots of HDDs, etc.

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The P182SE Special Edition mid-tower case has been on the market for several months and should be available from your favorite Antec reseller with a typical selling price of around $199.00 USD.

Strengths:
•    Unique mirror finished stainless steel front and side panels
•    Custom black interior
•    Built-in snake light flashlight
•    Convenient front I/O panel (accessible without opening front door)
•    11 Drive bays: (4) 5.25” external, (1) 3.5” external and (6) 3.5” Internal
•    Three 120mm Tri-Cool cooling fans included
•    Additional locations for two more 120mm fans
•    Improved cable management over original P180
•    Dust filters on front intake grills

Minor Weaknesses:
•    Relatively tight compartmentalized spaces makes installation challenging
•    Using a medium to large power supply will require removing (or relocating) the inboard fan

I would like to thank our friends at Antec for sending us the P182SE enclosure to review – thank you!  Be sure to use our price checking engine to find the best price on the P182SE or any of Antec’s other fine products.

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