Lian-Li Teases Slew of All-Metal, All-Black Pre-Production Cases at CES 2013

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Lian-Li has a wide selection of computer chassis available supporting virtually every size of motherboard imaginable, but the company is about to release many more. We swung by Lian-Li’s booth at CES to see what’s coming down the pike, and we ended up ogling a whole fleet of all-metal, intriguing cases.

All of the cases we saw on display have the same basic look and design: they’re all black, with a brushed metal finish and gray metal interiors. That may sound somewhat dreary, but up close in person, it’s a striking and attractive look. Notably, there are no plastic parts on these cases; the Lian-Li brass reportedly won’t have it.

Lian Li PC-V850
Lian Li PC-V850

One of our favorites in the booth was the PC-V850, a sizable chassis whose sufficient if unexciting specs (E-ATX support, a smattering of 5.25- and 3.5-inch ports, eight PCI slots, and USB and audio ports) take a backseat to the overall design. The bottom has a set of wheels on the rear to make the case easier to move around when packed full of components, and there are two hinged walls of fans that help cool the CPU/GPU and drive bays but swing out of the way when you need to access in the internals.

Lian Li PC-K67   Lian Li PC-K67
Lian Li PC-K67

There are plenty of ATX cases. The PC-K67 will support ATX motherboards and offer three 5.25-inch bays, five 3.5-inch bays (with support for four 2.5-inch drives), eight PCI slots, and three total stock fans. The top panel also has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, along with audio jacks.

Lian Li PC-A18

Lian Li PC-A18     Lian Li PC-A18
Lian Li PC-A18

The PC-A18 has a virtually seamless top panel, with a sliding door that covers the I/O ports, as well as horizontal metal rails that serve as the motherboard tray and have channels in the back for cabling (which is a feature present in several Lian-Li cases).

Lian Li PC-X3    Lian Li PC-X3    Lian Li PC-X3
Lian Li PC-X3

 A more traditional-looking ATX gaming case is the PC-X3, which is loaded with fans (six total, stock) and an all-black interior for more a more muted and stealthy look.

Lian Li PC-Q27 and PC-Q28    Lian Li PC-Q27 and PC-Q28
Lian Li PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

There are a pair of ITX cases, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28, both of which are simple and clean-looking boxes. Both have a single 5.25-inch drive bay, two USB 3.0 ports, and two PCI slots, and while the PC-Q27 has two each 3.5- and 2.5-inch drive bays, the PC-Q28 can six total drives of either 3.5- or 2.5-inches. The former comes with a single 120mm front fan, and the latter has two 140mm fans (as well as audio jacks).

Lian Li PC-N1   Lian Li PC-N1
Lian Li PC-N1

Lian-Li also has a tiny chassis built specifically for Intel’s NUC platform, the PC-N1. Despite the dire lack of useful information on the placard, a look at the back of the case reveals two USB ports, two HDMI, and an Ethernet jack, as well as metal cleats on the bottom that ostensibly will allow users to mount the system just about anywhere.

Note well that these are all pre-production designs, so all of the details including designs are still in flux somewhat, but if the final models are reasonably close to what we’ve seen, Lian-Li has itself a gaggle of winners.
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sevags replied on Fri, Jan 11 2013 4:03 PM

For the last 11 years the ONLY PC case manufacturer that I've liked, owned (I've owned 3), and would buy again is Lian Li. The most gorgeous cases, one of the best materials, beauty in its simplicity, no stupid frills like plastic paneling, doesn't look like a shield or alien.

If it's not a cool easy to work on open air design, Lian Li is the only way to go.

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Jan 11 2013 7:52 PM

I've only owned one lian-li case and that was back in 2006. By the time it was handed down to me, it must have been 2+ years old already, but I do remember it having some unique cooling features that no one else had at the time.  For instance there was a vent that covered your power supply, so the heat from your PSU went directly out of the case, rather than floating around inside.

  But, by the time I went to buy my next serious build I had been convince otherwise.  Now i'm a huge Antec fan, but the stuff thermaltake is doing is really gaining my interest as well.

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sevags replied on Fri, Jan 11 2013 9:34 PM

I've never liked anything from antec or thermaltake, big bulky, heavy use of plastics, silly themes, and lots of "extra" features that not always get used.

Lian Li makes straight to the point cases with features you actually need/use or it doesn't end up in the case just so the spec sheet sells the case. They also don't bundle power supplies which antec and them wouldn't do and many would have the stock psu laying around for years.

The only other case brand other than Lian li I've ever owned since I started building systems was a Silverstone all aluminum case that was identical to my Lian li's but with a thicket aluminum face with push open doors. It also cost a good amount more than my Lian li's.

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OSunday replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 1:00 AM

SO MANY SEXY CASES COMING OUT.

I can't handle it...

If only Lian-Li's cases weren't $31986529783456

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sevags replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 2:39 AM

LOL OSunday I feel you! First I saw his then that interior of the NZXT and the open air limited edition Inwin cases it is making my head spin. And NONE of them are cheap!

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scolaner replied on Sun, Jan 13 2013 11:05 PM

It definitely seems like case makers are delivering, big time. Seems like there's a greater and greater gulf between the high end and "just OK" cases.

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