C. Zoui wrote:
Anyway once released, it's going to be easily the best matx case on the market. I almost feel bad for buying NSK3400, almost.
Not. So. Fast.
Two major reasons why people typically go mATX:
1) Smaller Size
2) Lower Price
The mini P180:
1) Is huge
for an mATX case. In terms of size, the mP180 is to the P180 family what the NSK3840 is to the mP180!
2) Is expected to retail for 160 dollars, nearly twice
the cost of the NSK3480.
I'm doing a new build in February and will probably be sticking with the NSK3480. The mP180 looks like it will be a cool, quiet case, but it achieves this in part by going against one of the primary benefits of the mATX form factor: size.
One of the biggest causes of noise in a case that SPCR regulars use is the resonance from drive vibrations. More weight helps fight this and suspension is the final answer.
3480 Net:14.4llb / 6.53kg
SOLO Net: 20.3 lb / 9.2 kg
P180 Net:31.0lb / 14kg
P182 Net:30.9lbs / 14kg
P182SE Net:31lbs / 14kg
Where does the mini P180 fit on that scale?
To me the top 2 choices prior to the mini were the P180 series and the Solo. Did you know that the Solo is wider than the other three cases you compared? Did you know that the Solo is taller than the mini-P180? Did you know the Solo is deeper than the other three cases? A P180/182 is taller than a SOLO but not wider or deeper.
I'm not saying I prefer the mini-P180 but I am saying I literally bought a SOLO over the P180 not realizing the true relationship in sizes between the two. The mini-P180 is literally smaller in all 3 dimensions vs the SOLO. When I see a full review and pricing I might be choosing between a 2nd SOLO and the mini-P180.
Oh, wait I see you say >$100 pricing, well, I'll probably get another Solo then call me cheap if you want. Are we talking over $100 shipped? I see P180 and P182 under $100 before shipping, surely the mini-P180 won't be more expensive than a P182?
NSK3480 ~$80 shipped
SOLO ~80 shipped
P180 ~$130 shipped
P182 ~$130 shipped
P182SE ~175 shipped
Of course rebates and sales get it cheaper
P182 ~$95 shipped - $50 rebate = ~$45 (FRYs expired Jan/15/08 )
SOLO ~80 shipped - $50 rebate = ~$30 (FRYs expired Nov/08/07)
P180 ~70 shipped no rebate back in Aug/07 (CompUSA)
So my question is not what will the high price for a mini-P180 be but what will a realistic sale price be for those who are willing to wait?
PS, anybody know how to type "8 )" on here without getting