|Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011|
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Detailed Interior Features
In this section we will examine closer the features of the last section. It is only when you look closer that you can begin to appreciate the finer things that the Lancool PC-K63 has to offer.
The HDD racks have a sliding bracket that locks them in place, simply loosen this thumbscrew and slide the bracket up or down to open or lock it then simply tighten the screw when you are done and your drives are secure. The HDD rack can be taken out by removing four thumb screws (two at the top, two at the bottom), then it simply slides out.
I really like this HDD rack as I have seen many before it that have tried and failed at being useful, there are two HDD racks and they are essentially the same apart from the bottom plate of the bottom rack that is slightly different so they are installed in a specific way. Immediately you will notice a 2.5" SSD mount that allows you to mount a 2.5" drive the same way the fans are installed, this is one of two places to mount an 2.5" drive in this rack with the second place being at the bottom which would be secured by regular screws via the pre drilled holes. You can also choose whether to mount your drives with the connectors facing to the left or the right side of the case.
As previously stated the PC-K63 case has support for three 5.25" devices, two of these have a tool free solution for securing your devices. The tool free solution is rather primitive but works well enough, it unclips and hinges out when you want to install a drive. There is a little piece on the other side of the clamp that inserts into the screw hole on your 5.25" drive and the clamp clips back into place. It doesn't hold as well as a screw but at the same time your disk drive isn't likely to fall out either.
Here is another one of my favorite features that Lian Li have implemented in their Lancool cases, the PCI backplate clamps are the best tool free solution for securing add in cards that I have seen or used. They are simple yet very effective and it is a big surprise that it has took so long for anyone to come up with something as good as this.
Looking a little closer now at the cable routing channel now, it is hard to describe how useful this is - it really is an excellent addition. That along with the open plan nature of the PC-K63 allows you to route the cables how YOU want, not how the case maker wants you to, making for a much tidier install. It becomes apparent here that there is enough space between the HDD racks and the front of the case to get a 35mm thick rad in here if you were to install the fans on the outside behind the front shroud.