|Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Test Bench Chassis|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 24 June 2010|
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Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Test Bench Review
If you're the kind of computer enthusiast whose case is always open, and you change components in your rig more often than you change your underwear, a "work bench" type fof computer case might be something you could use. These open-air chassis make it easy to swap out components and access areas of your system like diagnostic LEDs and voltage measurement points. Of course, they also make it easy for the dirt and danger of the outside world to get to your system's expensive and delicate electronics, so they're not for everyone. Lian Li's new PC-T60 and PC-T7 Test Bench chassis (for ATX/mini-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, repectively) address this market with the brushed aluminum flair the company is known for, and Benchmark Reviews checks out the new Lian Li PC-T60 ATX/Mini-ATX Test Bench chassis in this review.
Lian Li has made a name for themselves with their high-quality aluminum computer cases aimed at the enthusiast market. Their new "Test Bench" chassis are no different: crafted of the same gorgeous brushed aluminum used in their other cases, these chassis are also available in black and red anodized versions as well as the standard silver. Screws and standoffs are silver metal for the silver version of the case, and black metal for the red and black versions, a nice touch.
As I noted, test bench-type open air chassis aren't for everyone. The exposed motherboard electronics are vulnerable to spilled drinks, pet dander, and other environmental detritus. There's no cable management as in similarly-expensive regular cases, and a dropped screw could easily roll under the motherboard and create a short between the motherboard and the supporting metal tray, instantly frying your rig.
The Lian Li PC-T60 ATX/Mini-ATX Test Bench will set you back between $99 and $129, depending on the color (the red version is more expensive). While this might seem high for an open-air case, it's similar to or slightly below the prices of competing products like the all-plastic HSPC Tech Station. How does it compare functionally? We'll see in the coming pages.
About the company: Lian Li
Lian Li Industrial Co., LTD was founded in 1983. We are the one of the largest and most reputable manufacturer of aluminum PC case in Taiwan. With over twenty years of experience in the computer products field, our dedicated team of engineers, production specialists and administrative staff provide the finest quality accessories available on the market.
In 1993, Lian-Li Introduced the new lines of computer hardware, including bracket (for case & interfaces), Mobile rack (for H.D.D.), mounting kit (for FDD & HDD), aluminum PC cases, IPC, external cases, server cases and more. We also provide OEM & ODM services, you are assured of designs that will meet your exact specifications, and innovative ideas in manufacturing that will give your products an essential market edge.
Our outstanding quality has earned us ISO 9001 certification for all of our products. In addition, we back up our quality assurance with a two-year guarantee on most of our products. R&D is one of the reasons why Lian Li is able to offer quality products to the market. Whether it is for OEM or ODM projects, our experienced mechanical and electrical engineers are capable of providing our customers with the best solutions in product design.