|Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011|
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Lancool PC-K63 Final Thoughts
It seems as though it is hard for case manufacturers to strike the balance between looks and features. For every case there is a whole bunch of people that will call it ugly and there is an equal amount of people that find it attractive, after that we can decide if it has decent features or not. The problem with the Lancool PC-K63 PC case is that it is pretty much a unanimous decision that the looks are not all that appealing, with exception to good old Rodney Reynolds who thinks that the exterior styling is quite nice and of course gave the PC-K63 a kickass rating that it rightly deserves for its features, but not necessarily it's looks.
The Lancool PC-K63 is a weird design but the looks really can grow on you, initial impressions are wiped aside by its exceptional build quality and its innovations and features. The case was an absolute pleasure to work with and the installation of my hardware went ahead without a hitch. There are many quotes I could write here, like "beauty is only skin deep" and "don't judge a book by its cover" but at the end of the day it is you that has to look at the case your hardware is in, and looks really are important.
Lancool PC-K63 Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Lancool PC-K63 PC case a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the PC case is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
Performance is really good, the thermal design and high airflow intake keeps temperatures in check and sound levels down. Installation was a breeze, the PC-K63 is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Appearance is where the PC-K63 is going to lose some points, mainly because of the the styling of the front plastic shroud but also because the side window follows and emphasises that curve on the 'head'. If you can battle past this you will really appreciate the interior styling of the PC-K63 that almost makes up for where the exterior lacks. You are of course entitled to your own decision at the end of the day
Construction is where the Lancool PC-K63 really shines, it really is very well put together and the interior is very well thought out. I have nothing bad to say about the construction, even the plastic is made well.
Functionality also sings in favour of the Lancool PC-K63 PC case. Never before have I had a case with so many good features, the only tool free solution that I think was slightly lacking was the 5.25" drive locking mechanism. With that said though it serves its purpose and my optical drive has yet to fall out on its own, so it's not without a use. The PSU clamp, the PCI clamps, the tool free HDD cage and mounting solution and the cable routing solutions are really good innovations and really make the PC-K63 a very good case indeed.
The Lancool PC-K63 has an MSRP of $128 (VAT not included) and I think that is a lot to ask for this case. Even more so when you consider that the PC-K62 is available at Newegg right now for a cool $99. Ok the PC-K62 doesn't have all of the features of the PC-K63 but it looks a shed load better and that counts for a lot.
The Lancool is not the best looking case in the world but once you get past that it is a real brute of a case feature wise, it would be a crime not to recommend this case for all of it's features, but at the same time looks really count for a lot and are the downfall of this case.
+ Watercooling friendly
- Looks do not do this case any favours
Final Score: 8.70 out of 10.
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