Actually the P280 and the R3 are derivate of P180. Back in 2005, I was one of the lucky to get my hands on a P180 Black SPCR Limited Edition. I traded off this cse for the P150 in 2008, because cable management was a pain in the 3 different chamber of the P180. It was also very complicated to install anything in the P180 because of the various chambers, my hands wouldn't fit easily once the system was assembled, had to remove the graphic card to install additional DIMM just to make some room for my hands next to the Ultra-120 I had back then.
I also used to make LAN party event, and carrying this P180 was a real pain. Back then I had a huge NEC MultiSync FE992-BK monitor that was big too, carrying those two often made me sick. The P180 door also bugging me in the long run, i finally (by accident) ripped it off.
The P180 also had a top exhaust fan, which was completetly cancelling any kind of noise reduction in the rest of the case. I had to remove this fan and block that hole. The case was also very tall, it was a full tower instead of a mid tower. It wouldn't fit on the shelf below my desk, I had to put the P180 directly on the floor to be able to fit it under the desk. And we all know, that at the floor "level" there's a lot more dust that gets into the computer. I was washing every week the intake filters.
I wouldn't say the P180 wasn't a good case, but it definitely wasn't the case for my needs. I did have fun with it nevertheless, I remember my friend saying while we were at a LAN party: "Hey, does any of you have some RedBull?" and another answering: "Ask Phil, he brought his fridge!".
The P180 did look like a fridge.
The P150 is definately my favorite case so far. The SOLO II is an excellent revision of the P150, it brings lots of amelioration that were much needed for todays component.
The only problem with the P150 is also why I prefer it, it is white. Get me a SOLO II white, I would buy it straight away. But, white peripheral are rare to find, unless I go with some crappy Apple bluetooth pice of s**t keyboard and mouse. Right now, I have a Logitech mouse from the Logitech S 530 combo
, but the keyboard died and I couldn't find any good quality full-sized white keyboard. I am now stuck with a tiny Logitech Wii keyboard
. Yet again, my friend are laughting at me.