Summary: I owned one of these until I started traveling a lot, then went to a traditional case for better stability on the road. I'm very glad to have one again, just need to find another box...
Pros: Looks cool. Easy to change out parts if you upgrade regularly. Very easy to get dust out. Sturdy carrying handle. Very well made, no sharp edges.
Cons: Doesn't include the front panel's USB/Audio/eSATA module Drive cage doesn't have cooling fan mounts. Components can be damaged if you have kids or pets. Newegg shipped it bare! The once-beautiful box is scuffed, has a torn corner, and there's a shipping label on it! D: It isn't that big guys, it could have fit inside another box! >:c
Summary: Its not perfect but.. the pros heavily out way the cons and with a little moding its exactly what I was looking for in a test bench.
Pros: If you tend to fiddle with your PC constantly like I do, this is simply the best choice platform. Its Lian Li so you know you're going to get great craftsmanship all around. Most of the Bench can be adjusted via finger screws or a phillips screwdriver. The entire thing is very smooth brushed aluminum and thick enough to withstand plenty of weight. There is no need for water cooling unless you want to cut down the fan noise due to its open air design. I went with Coole...
Cons: I gave it 4 eggs for three reasons. First is a slight design flaw in my opinion. Cable Management... well, there really is none. I Dremeled out a 3" by 1" slot near the front of the motherboard tray to run cables. The way this Bench is designed, that custom cutout covered about 50% of my cables and kept the front looking much cleaner. The rest you just have to find a place to tuck them or zip tie them.. BUY LOTS OF ZIP TIES! Secondly there is a 3 bay hard-drive rack w...
Summary: Well worth the money. Parts I've used in this testbench: - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX motherboard - AMD FX-8350 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO -Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD -2x EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB -EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze ATX Power Supply
Pros: -Very high quality parts -sturdy -very easy to use
Cons: The bar with the "Lian-li" branding on it can't be installed with very large heatsinks. My Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo wouldn't fit under the bar, but a heatsink a few mm shorter would probably fit. This test bench took me an hour and a half to build....
Summary: I was worried about dust, but it hasn't been a problem.
Pros: Open Air design is great for keeping cool. I have a monster-sized SILVERSTONE HE02 CPU Cooler with a 120mm fan straped to it that stands up proud on this test bench and two 140mm fans on the front panel keeping everything cool.
Cons: When I show this off to my friends and neighbors I have to remind them not to touch.
Pros: This bad boy test bench is very sturdy! Has a handle so if you ever need to move the test bench on a fly, you can do so. You can use this test bench with a ITX form factor to a full fledged ATX mainboard. Cant beat the deal. Promise you wont be disappointed.
Cons: Only thing would be the instructions are printed black and white and not as clear with putting everything together.
Summary: What a great idea for a benchtop testing platform or a mining rig in need of plenty of open air! Everything has been well-thought out. The carry handle makes your rig portable. It is light-weight but sturdy. But the instructions were ridiculous! It took me over 2 hours to assemble, and even now that I assembled one, I'm not sure if it can be done under 45 minutes! Screws are all mixed up in several bags, and the manual does not show screws to scale or shape.
Pros: Great open air design; carry handle; fit and finish; easy accessibility to everything
Cons: Poor assembly instructions; too many parts and screws
Summary: Bottom line? I love it. Yes I have a fairly long list of complaints (hence 4/5 not 5/5). At the end of the day I set out to get a functional case though and this is VERY functional. It is a dust collector though - but since its open you can just dust it off with compressed air daily.
Pros: - open case design - everything is accessible - functional - black brushed metal looks good My issue was that I never wanted to drag my old case out and take it apart to do things (so PC got neglected). With this thing I unplug all the cables, take it down (because of the size I can stick it on top shelf of my desk instead of under the desk) and do my work. So this thing is extremely practical in my opinion because it gives you very immediate access to the hardware.
Cons: - assembly instructions are poor - its absolutely NOT tool-less - front connectors are separate purchase - some questionable design decisions Assembly instructions are 2x1 inch black and white photos of the case being assembled in a poorly lit room. These are difficult to decipher at best. Someone needs to learn how to do proper line drawing (I'm looking at you Lian Li). The entire case is not tool-less. Majority of assembly will require a Phillips screw driver. Only ...
Summary: The instruction sheet could be a little more clear but it was no problem really. You should have some patience though when putting things together, even this. I noticed others had a few problems with one thing or another but patience and organization is key to anything you're working on. Make sure to keep your screws separated as they are in the packages as you are putting this case together.
Pros: This went together really easy with no problems at all. I sat here while working and put this together. It really didn't take long to put together but lost track of time while working on putting it together and working at my actual job. Everything was in the package, no missing parts and easily found or labeled.
Cons: No cons here really other than the fan attachment could be more easily found or even included with the case.
Summary: This product makes no sense whatsoever. It is rather unusable as a test/work-bench, due to design issues. As an open-air case it looks too ugly, and is not very functional besides. The only reason I am not sending it back is that I can't bear the thought of spending another 3 hours taking it apart.
Pros: The unit is pretty well manufactured - everything fits, all edges are clean, quality anodizing everywhere. Fairly lightweight and small.
Cons: Lots of negatives about this pieces of gear - most having to do with it just being cheap. Design - makes no sense. If this is workbench then I don't understand why I have to goof around with these stupid m/b standoffs - instead of some sort of quick-lock pin system. Some crucial parts - such as a mounting bracket for a radiator/fan are not part of the kit and have to be purchased separately. PSU cables block one of optical drive slots. Poor placement of 2.5" drives ca...