Summary: If you are in the market for a quality mid-tower case and you are on a budget , I would strongly recommend you check out the Lian Li PC-A12 Case. It comes with a stylish look, it's all aluminum, has two 120mm fans, and there's an adequate number of drive bays (4x5.25", 2x3.5" external, and 3x3.5" internal). My only real grip with this product is, it doesn't have a removable motherboard tray. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.
Conclusion: The PC-A12 does everything it should do, though it's not perfect, of course. In particular, the lack of water cooling was a disappointment, even for a model billed as the budget offering in Lian-Li's new range. Some of you may scoff at that statement - £90 is a significant amount of money and quite a lot to be asking for a system case, especially since its only real features are the fit and finish - which in our view are very important - and the blue lights in the door,...
Summary: As always Lian Li has produced a very high quality case. I see the PC-A12 as more of a budget case where it does not have as many thumbs screws - as the PC-A16 for example -, it doesn't have as many fans, and the motherboard tray is not removable. However the layout of the case is very well done. It has lots of room to work with, it has 3.5" external bays, and the quality is superb, just like on any other Lian Li product.
Pros: Quality, Strong, Looks, HDD rack can be turned 90°, 3.5" drive bays, Lockable
Cons: Takes finger prints which are hard to get rid of, Finish can scratch fairly easily, Motherboard tray not removable, Only marginally cheaper to other, more featured Lian Li cases
Summary: This case has style, runs cool and quiet, and has enough size to cater to a high-end configuration. However, if you're constantly adding and removing components, this case isn't an ideal choice.
Conclusion: Lian Li have done themselves proud once again. There are few downsides to this case which only really show themselves during installation. Once your PC is parked in this new enclosure, it’ll be housed in a great looking and cool environment. Not only that, but the case weighs next to nothing while maintaining strength which is perfect for a LAN party enthusiast. Look past the HDD cage and relatively loud fans and you’ll love the Lian Li PC-A12.
Pros: Looks great, Cool operation, High standard of build quality