The first thing you notice is that massive slab of extruded
aluminum that serves as a front cover/door.
It is gasketed with top quality rubber gaskets that serve two
purposes. They isolate vibration that
leads to noise, and they prevent the air infiltration that leads to a dirty
interior. Most noticeably, they contribute
to a very satisfying “kachunk” when you swing the door closed. The ridged vertical lines running top to
bottom add a very classy aesthetic touch, and dramatically reduce the fingerprints
doors always seem to collect.
Behind the door we find five 5 ¼” bays, with one of them
used alternatively for a floppy if you wish.
The top bay has a very cleverly designed stealth drive cover out of the
same brushed aluminum as the rest of the case. This is nice as it eliminates the beige or
even black optical drive face from ruining the look. Only the one bay has this hidden drive cover,
so if you run more than one device, you might want to purchase additional
units. Better yet, just buy one of the
all-in-one combo drives that are so inexpensive these days, and eliminate some
of the weight and cable clutter. The
dual purpose bay located on the bottom of the stack also has an aluminum
stealth style cover. Who runs a legacy
That leads to my only minor gripe. If you choose
to forgo a floppy, there is no
extra cover to replace that one in the case. Of course, if you add a
second optical drive, you will have a spare, but you then have a
non-stealthed CD ROM drive showing. At this price point, there isn’t
for its omission.
Moving on, below the drive bays, we find a Bulgin style
vandal switch in chrome and brushed stainless.
It is very elegant and the perfect choice for this case. Below the switch are two very tiny LED’s for
power and HDD activity. Again, very
elegant and understated. Rounding out
the area behind the door, near the bottom, we find the Lian-Li case badge. Above and below the door there are two black
trim pieces that serve as door hinge point fasteners. They are constructed of a very heavy duty
cast aluminum, and will last through many years of service. Contained within these trim parts are spring
loaded ball bearings that hold the door closed.
Also we find a spring loaded lever that allows the installation and
removal of the door simply and smoothly.
The bottom black trim piece is also home to the front
mounted external ports and includes 2 USB 2.0 ports, a single firewire port,
and an audio line out and MIC port. I
found them very easy to get to without any of those little cheapy plastic
doors to get broken, or in the way. The
last item on the front area is the door lock.
Made of chrome plate and stainless, it is located on the right side of the
door. It is of high quality
construction and operates smoothly.