Summary: This is surely one of the most attractive cases, and has the high build-quality you associate with Lian-li (it's my fourth). How it differs from the usual mid-tower Lian-lis is in its size and finish. Top to bottom it's just the size of an ATX motherboard, and the finish is a matte black, not the piano black that is a magnet for fingerprints.
Summary: Very simple fittings for every thing except the PSU. Nice and quiet, with no rattles and looks the dogs wobblers. This discs mount via slotted rubber washers which is a lovely simple, quiet solution. SSDs are mounted at the bottom of the case, so you need a long SATA lead. The bug bear is a rather crazy (I don't know if other manufacturers do this) of mounting the PSU.
Summary: Brilliant case. I was amazed that my full sized ATX board could fit in this. The quality is excellent. My only problem is that the airflow isn't sufficient for a high end PC. I have an 8 core, with a 7900 graphics card. Removing the fan plate on the top of the case and installing another 14cm fan fixed this.
Summary: Just built a new computer using a Black Lian Li case. This has to be the Rolls Royce of cases for the money. It is very elegant, stylish and sturdy with a fantastic finish. It is very quite and does not have lots fancy lights; very discrete. I had no problems installing all the appropriate componets etc.
Summary: I have owned 2 previous cases from Lian-Li and a number of others from reputable manufacturers including Silverstone, each time I buy other kinds I end up being dissapointed. Lian deliver quality, efficient cases and good look. Not going to try and buy another make in future.
Pros: Light, Good fit and finish, can fit ATX motherboard into a small size case, sensible / unusual design, lots and lots of thumbscrews, e.g. 3.5 drive cage uses 6 screws! 2 decent 120mm 3-pin connector fans bundled, USB3 front port.
Cons: Everything is flexing - sometimes I think the case is not rigid enough to accommodate motherboard with multiple add-on cards. Every screw takes unusually many turns to tighten - I suspect because the metal around it flexes.
Summary: There are cable routing holes in the motherboard tray at the bottom, near the 2.5" drives. They don't quite line up with the drives if the connectors are facing towards the motherboard tray though. Everything still fits, but the cables have a little extra strain on them.
Pros: This case is well built. It may not be feature-packed compared to other cases around its price point, but few cases compare in build quality at sub $100. The brushed finish on the aluminum looks fantastic. Almost all screws have rubber washers on them that protect the aluminum underneath. The side panels fit better than any other case I have ever used -- they slide down over the bottom, and then towards the front like a regular side panel. The basic aspects of this ca...
Cons: I do have a small number of nitpicks about this case:
Summary: Drive cage access requires removal of front panel and then complete removal of the intake fan assembly. Sure, the drives slide right in as advertised, but only after you disassemble the thing halfway.
Pros: Aluminum. Light. Gorgeous, stark black brushed metal "monolith-style" look. Tool-free assembly. Top panel has an optional 140mm opening.