A long time ago, at the beginning of this century, ASUS cases were associated with good office boxes equipped with decent budget power supplies. Then the “gaming fever” began and the company changed its orientation towards expensive “gaming” chassis. But what they have always lacked is the middle segment, which has the best value for money. Perhaps it seems to me, but finally they decided to fill this gap. Meet the ASUS Prime AP201, a small, simple and practical case with a lot of features.
Model ASUS Prime AP201 Product page Prime AP201 Chassis type Midi-Tower Dimensions, mm 361 (H) x 205 (W) x 460 (D) Material Steel Weight, kg 5.8 Color Black / White Form factor MicroATX, Mini-ITX 5.25″ units – 3.5″ units external – 3.5″ / 2.5″ units internal 3 / 4
(three 2.5″ drives can be installed in place of 3.5″ drives) Supported number of expansion slots 4 Top fans – 3 x 120 / 2 x 140 mm
rear – 1 x 120 mm (installed)
bottom – 2 x 120 mm Interface connectors 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 2 x 3.5 mm audio jacks for headphones and microphone Features Perforation of all case panels for improved ventilation. Magnetic filter on the bottom. Quick “screw-less” assembly – side, top and front panels can be easily removed without a screwdriver. Average cost, UAH 3989
Packing and scope of delivery
The case is supplied in a regular cardboard box, on which a schematic image of the product and basic information about its characteristics is applied in white paint. There are cut-out carrying handles on the sides. The goods are protected from damage from the inside by a pair of foam polystyrene dampers and a plastic bag.
A set of parts is assembled in one bag. There you can find:
user manual; warranty brochure in 22 languages; 8 cable disposable plastic ties; two spare fasteners for body panels; four case screws for the power supply; adapter for a Phillips screwdriver for motherboard supports; 12 flat screws for 2.5″ drives; 12 rubber dampers for drives; 12 flat screws for 3.5″ drives; 12 small screws for motherboard and 2.5″ drives.
ASUS Prime AP201 looks “square” and practical. It is almost completely steel, and the main feature of the body is the lattice panels on all sides. Can be painted black or white. So, the front panel is flat, with rounding on the sides. Its predominant part is covered with ventilation mesh holes, and only a strip of metal on top, where external ports are located, is solid.
From left to right, there is a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, two 3.5mm headphone and microphone inputs, a small square PC start button with a snow-white power indicator around the perimeter, and two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports.
The right sidewall is also fully slatted, with the exception of a solid strip at the top. Through it, the insides of the chassis are even visible through the light. But the most interesting thing is that there are no screws in the panel mounts. To open it, just pull the recess at the back from the top. The top part will then come out of the plastic clips and the panel can be removed upwards.
The stiffening ribs on the left panel are C-shaped, bent inwards. The lower one is additionally bent outward, where it acts as a guide panel holder. On the upper rib there are two guide posts and two fastenings in the form of mushrooms in pairs.
The right panel is made completely similar to the left. Moreover, they are mirror compatible with each other. The only difference is the white inscription ASUS PRIME CASE in front of the top. It is removed just as easily, for the recess at the back.
From the inside, everything is identical to the left panel.
The top panel is fully slatted. And it can be removed by pulling the tab at the back in an upward direction.
On the reverse side of the panel there are three stiffening ribs, hooks in front and four guides in combination with four clamps in pairs. On the top of the case frame, there are oblong seats offset to the left for three 120mm or two 140mm fans.
The back panel is also completely breathable. On top, instead of a power supply, there is only a connector for connecting a power cable. From which it is easy to conclude that the PSU should be located somewhere in the middle. A little lower there are landing holes for a 120 mm fan, with the ability to adjust the height of its mounting within 10 mm. And right below, in the usual place, you can see four reusable ventilated plugs for PCI-E expansion cards.
The bottom panel of the case is completely open for air access. But they also added a high-quality magnetic dust filter in the form of a fine mesh on a plastic frame.
Under the filter, we see the already familiar grille with mounting holes for two 120mm fans (nearby, in the back) and two 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives (front and rear). Plastic legs with rubber stickers on the bottom are located at the corners and have a height of 25 mm.
Let’s take a look inside the chassis.