|Lian Li PC-V1020R Full Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Friday, 10 December 2010|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Many "aluminum" cases these days are only partially aluminum, with substantial amounts of steel and plastic in addition to the aluminum. This is understandable: aluminum costs more than steel or plastic. This is not one of those cases. With the exception of a few tiny bits (steel thumbscrews, plastic internal cables, etc.) the entire case is aluminum. All of the aluminum is "grained" in the same direction and has the same texture, matching perfectly.
Under a small flap at the top of the case are four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a microphone and audio-out port, and an ESATA connector. A space designed for a FireWire 1394a connector is empty. Just to the right of the I/O panel are the power and reset buttons. The reset button is small enough to require an implement to press— your finger will be too large. The top-mounted ports indcate that Lian Li expects you to use this case on the floor, but personally I want something this nice on my desk.
A closeup of the 5.25" drive bays shows the two "stealth" covers for the optical drives, and the 3.5" device plate, handy for card readers and the like. At the upper right you can see the power and hard drive activity LEDs. The power LED (upper) is blue and the drive activity LED (lower) is red.
Turning to the rear of the case we see the 120mm exhaust fan, two grommeted holes for water-cooling hoses or USB 3.0 cables, the removable power supply mounting plate, and a full eight card slots! Every full-tower case should have eight slots these days, but surprisingly many don't.
Lian Li has upgraded their aluminum wheels by adding twin rubber runners. The lever in the middle serves to lock the front wheels in place, so you don't have to worry about the case rolling off your desk.
Let's take a look at the interior of the case now.