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This review is from: BitFenix BFA-ACL-30RK15-RP Alchemy Connect LED-Strip Red 30cm
Pros: LED can be daisy changed with other alchemy LEDs. This is nice because it limits the number of power cables you have to worry about. The LEDs are bright and easily applied to your case.
Cons: Would have preferred the option of being able to connect these to a fan header instead of a 4 pin molex connector. This means having to connect a molex string to a modular PSU for a single fan connection which is a little tedious. Also would have been nice to control brightness from the system fan speed interface on a 4 pin header. Not a must though and to be honest I'd probably run them at default anyway.
Other Thoughts: So time will tell if they remain bright / operational and the 3M branded adhesive remains stuck in place. I'm not too worried about that but that 5 egg review goes to 1 if these are out by year end.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent quality. Movement feels solid, fans run quiet and look good. PWM (4 wire).
Cons: The LEDs are little dimmer than I would have liked.
Other Thoughts: Bought these to replace stock 120mm fans on a radiator so PWM was a must. Preferred a red LED aesthetic and these fans fit the bill.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Beautiful case, extremely high quality materials. Plenty of expansions bays for the form factor. Great cable routing options.
When I bought this case I did a lot of research into the parts I wanted and had a solid vision for the computer I wanted to build. I'm happy to say that I achieved what I set out to achieve and the case despite its many flaws delivered on its promise.
Cons: I've been building computers for 20 years. In the mid 90's we used to struggle with ugly beige boxes, filled with sharp corners and finicky screws. Open the front panel on any of those machines and all you would see was a rats nest of red and yellow wire.
It's ironic that this 2015 expensive case from Lian Li is in so many ways a throw back to the negative issues that plagued those cases. Tool-less design? Not here. Tiny easily stripped screws? Check. Sharp corners? Plenty of those. Any parts will do? No way. Easy access to components? Nope. Reset button? Nope, even in 1996 we got a reset button!
The front panel USB 3.0 ports require 2 USB 3 headers on the mobo to use all 4. Only one micro ATX board on the market that I could find supports this, curious choice not to run all 4 ports on the same bus considering how 1/2 the ports will be unusable for most users.
The PSU can be positioned in multiple places (each one progressively further from the top of the case). I presume this is done to accommodate longer PSUs. Unfortunately even though I had a standard sized PSU because the power connector is inserted inside the case I had to position the PSU all the way back otherwise the connector would obstruct one of the 120mm fans on my radiator, in the default position. Not a problem if you don't have a 3 fan radiator, or one of those weird power adapters that forms a right angle with the connector. Still though a very weird design decision and probably means a large PSU cannot be used with a 3 fan radiator config. Smaller PSUs can be moved back albeit with some difficulty. No access to PSU on/off switch since it's inside the case. PSU installation requires removal of side aluminum panel. PSU doesn't really feel that firmly in place since there is no top or rear support. PSU mount bracket also feels flimsy.
Radiator installation was okay but tiny screws used to mount radiator to top panel did not inspire confidence. Access to components requires case to be laid horizontally otherwise it would be too difficult to remove/install tempered glass panel. Only 1 PCI-X ribbon included. Lian Li advertise a second ribbon available as an optional additional purchase but for a case this expensive it really should be free. Also it is not even available in the US at the time I purchased this case (although you could probably rig up something from server parts).
Other Thoughts: I've built dozens of computers over the years from multi-cpu servers to mini-itx htpcs and this is probably the toughest build I've dealt with. I gave Lian Li a favorable review because I did my research, knew what I was getting into, achieved my goals and the end result looks beautiful. That being said some of the design decisions here are real head scratchers. While many decisions put understandably form ahead of function, others seemed to serve no other purpose other than to just be painful and difficult for the sake of being different.
Personal preference is I would really have liked the case to be thinner. It's not largely because LIan li felt a micro-atx case needed to have up to 6 expansions bays including 3 on the rear of the case. That jacks up the 3" height you'd find on your standard HTPC micro ATX to over 5". Seeing how people are probably buying this for aesthetic reasons (it's not the bargain price) I really question the wisdom of that decision.