Summary: The included fans are very weak and don’t move a lot of air even at full speed which is disappointing. Most likely they were aiming for silence but either way I can change them out at least if I want or need to.
Pros: Can hold a ton of hard drives in a small case. Depending on your configuration, you could have four 3.5 inch hard drives in the hard drive bay and another one in the 5.25 inch bay (Actually has holes to install a 2.5 or 3.5 inch hard drive natively) and another one on the bottom tray mount along with two 2.5 inch hard drives next to that one for a total of 8 hard drives!
Cons: It would have been nice if they had made ventilation holes on the left side panel so that my power supply could be flipped the other way and take in fresh air from outside the case rather than from inside facing the CPU cooler.
Pros: Very nicely crafted, sturdy and easy to work with. Rubber grommets for the front fan and all hard drive mounts. Nice large and quiet fans to keep the air flowing, with filters for the occasional cleaning.
Cons: Front fan was loose from its mount, but nothing damaged. Rubber grommets already installed and fan slid back into its mounting grooves without issue.
Pros: The case seems like a pretty good case. Did my research, liked the color, thought it would be nice. Purchased it when it went on sale.
Cons: This is one of my first bad Newegg experiences. I ordered the black one, got the silver one. No way was I going to be able to make the silver version of this case work with my mostly black media center system. Call them up to get them to switch it to the right one and they have me send the silver case back in. Afterwards, I get a notice I was getting a refund because the item was out of stock. A week after I send it back, the site shows the item back in stock. Makes f...
Pros: First time investing in a Lian-Li case, and probably not my last. I generally purchase cheaper plastic cases, but wanted something that did a better job of dampening HDD vibration for a home NAS. Lian-Li really took everything into consideration with this case -- rubber grommets for drive mounts, completely tool-less, light aluminum chassis (without sharp finger-slicing edges!), etc. When pushing against the case with both fingers, there's virtually no vibration (a mi...
Cons: The only thing that I was a little bummed about was the USB 3.0 front handle headers. They're not actual motherboard headers, but rather male connectors that are designed to be run to the back of the case and plugged into the motherboard's back panel. I already knew about this from external reviews, however, so it's not really a gripe, just a wish!
high quality, great look, versatile, not the easiest build
3 December 2012
Summary: PSU issue aside, this case is tight. If you're building a mini-ITX you probably have an idea what you're getting into but considering the overall size of the case I thought there would be more room inside to work with. The drive racks below the ODD are permanently mounted although it would be very useful to be able to remove at least the bottom 2. I ended up stuffing wiring inside one of the empty rack bays.
Pros: There's no denying the quality of the materials used in this case. From the tool-less/screw-less side panels, the HDD trays, to the chassis feet Lian Li did not cheap out on this.
Cons: My biggest gripe is with mounting a standard ATX power supply. In my case the mounting hole on the back of the case can barely receive the PSU. Even though you have to mount a plate to the PSU which covers the opening completely, the opening is so tight that the PSU has to be forced in. I had to return a PSU I ordered that had a small LED because the LED wouldn't clear and in fact I had to scrape the stickers off of the replacement PSU to get it to fit. If you're hand...
Pros: Nice case with a user friendly design. Installing drives is easy and tool less. Removing the side panels involves just pulling them out. I can't comment on the fans since I replaced the stock fans with 2 Noctua's. I've got 5 drives installed in mine and had zero issues getting them in. Overall I'm happy with my purchase.
Cons: If you have a standard ATX power supply it goes without saying that those cables make for a tight fit. Also getting the IO shield in was a royal pain.
Summary: The cables to the front panel USB 3.0 ports have external connectors instead of the proper header for motherboards. The adapter cost me an extra $10.
Pros: Nice compact design. It's small but can handle a lot of drives. My setup has four hard drives, DVD-ROM and an SSD. The air flow is good and the fans are very quiet.
Cons: You are limited to using 5.5 inch power supplies. I couldn't find a modular power supply that fits so I had to use a non-modular model. Needless to say, I had unused cables that needed to be tucked away in little space remaining.
Pros: Small, High Quality, Black, Drive Bays work well, Places for drives everywhere there are 4 bays, 3 drives can fit on bottom, and under the drive cage you can fit another drive. Also fits a fullsize video card no problem. End result after hours of cablemanagement is a small sleak fully capable machiene. Weights a ton with everything in there.
Cons: PSU did not fit. I bought a extender kit from lian li. Also note that USB 3.0 comes terminated with stanard connectors not MOBO connectors. you need an adapter and the adapter i bought did not fit with the PSU above the mobo. I bought a slim cooler but the Stock one would have fit fine as well. CABLE MANGEMENT IS A NIGHTMARE IN THIS CASE.
Summary: Removing the HD bay seems like it will be semi-common for this case as there are three HD mounts on the bottom of the case. Be aware that removing this bay requires drilling out 4 pop-rivets which connect the optical bay to the HD bay. I had a drill so this was not too big of a con for me. If you don't care about keeping the optical bay than the entire thing just comes right out.
Pros: High quality case that was the size I needed for a new multi-purpose HTPC. The look of the case is very professional. The materials are high quality. The sides come off very nicely. I love having two 140mm fans in this size of case. They provide great airflow and are whisper quiet.
Cons: The USB 3 cables from the front of the case are not a USB 3 motherboard header plug, but two very long USB 3 cables which are designed to go out of the back of the case, loop around, and plug into USB 3 plugs on the back of your motherboard. This may have been acceptable for cases when USB 3 first launched (and motherboards may not have had the USB 3 header), but that is no longer the case. It looks like I may be able to separately purchase a proper replacement cable ...