Summary: My biggest gripe is the fan screen on the front. When they designed it, it sits flush with the front of the case, which is great if it isn't going over the large round-head screws that mount the fans. It is a tight fit and seems like you're bending the plastic a lot to get them to fit. If I had to look for and point out a design flaw, this would be it. Still, I haven't broken the filter yet and can't justify docking Lian Li an egg for it.
Pros: Everything about this case, nay Lian Li, screams quality and minimalistic design. In the high end computer case world there are two types of cases: one that screams "HEY LOOK AT ME!" and the beautiful brushed aluminium finish that doesn't show off, but upon close examination shows its beautiful quality nature. This would be the latter. I am not one for flashy lights all over my cases, nor would I put spinners on my car. If you're into spinners, you are probably into y...
Cons: I have to nitpick when it comes to cons. Anytime you purchase a bottom-mounted case, understand that it is not yet the industry standard and that PSU manufacturers may or may not be thinking of that when making cable lengths. Measure your PSU 4/8 CPU power lead and make sure it is long enough. I had hoped to route mine under my motherboard and back out the top to keep it out of the way, but it wasn't even close to long enough. I had to route it right by my video card ...
Pros: Lightweight. Minimalist. Elegant. Thumbscrews for everything. Decent cable routing behind motherboard area. Screens in front of fan easy to remove for cleaning. Quiet. 2.5” drive mounted on rubber slid-lock mounts. 3.5” drives mounted on rubber mounts.
Cons: 3 of the 4 cheap plastic clips holding on the front panel broke during transit. Lian Li shipped out new ones upon request for free within a week from Taiwan. They were easy to replace. The case is sharp on the corners. You will bleed. Construction does not feel as durable as a steel case. Once the components are installed, it adds to the structure. A little pricey.
Pros: My third build using Lian Li cases. They are light, are well made, and have fan filters. Drive bays are nicely laid out, and I like the way drives are installed (they give you plenty of thumb screws that hold the drives, and they lock in solidly but are quickly removable.) Installed a Micro ATX board which makes the inside look huge and empty. I'll go for a smaller case next time.
Summary: - The front panel is not completely flat. It bows in slightly in the middle. This causes it to hit against the support located between the bottom 5.25" bay and top fan, so it doesn't quite seat properly. I had to work the panel a bit to eliminate some of this bowing at this contact point, as well as push the support back a bit, to correct the panel fit.
Pros: - Great looking. So much better than cases that use plastic panels. The lit power and reset buttons are a nice touch (if a bit bright). It may be a touch plain to some, but I like simple, straightforward design.
Cons: In rough order from somewhat serious to nitpicks:
Summary: The top mounted buttons and inputs... I don't get them at all. There is only one scenario where top mounted buttons would be a plus; when you set the case on the floor in the open. Not a good position imo. I bought this case anyway because the design fits what I was looking for and every other feature is great.
Pros: Light, logical, sturdy all aluminum, NO PLASTIC. Just enough space for a GTX 560ti.
Cons: The USB 3.0 motherboard cable was wrapped so tight with zip ties it made it extremely difficult to get it off without damaging the insulation.
Summary: USB 3 pass-through is necessary right now since there aren't yet motherboards with internal USB 3, but I wish they'd have included an option to use internal pins for when they become available (the adapter is only USB2).
Pros: Aluminium materials makes the case incredibly light and tough. Plentiful holes in the bottom and right side for cables and zip ties, and optional cable clips for the top and bottom.
Cons: As a review below stated, you'll want to check the length of your motherboard power cords. I didn't have any problems with my 20-pin, but my 4-pin had to awkwardly rest on the video card because it didn't have the length to go behind the motherboard. But that goes for all bottom-mounted case configurations.
Pros: Attention to details are simply amazing. "You get what you pay for" is a prime example of this case. I upgraded from an Antec 300 case and the difference is night and day. The construction, features, quality, and craftsmanship is 10/10.
Cons: The anodized surface seems very fragile and appears to scratch easily. I am worried that the top mount USB ports will get scratched over time by poor USB aim.