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Pros: Low cost
Cons: None thus far..
Other Thoughts: Would definitely consider more of these for future needs. Cost effective and versatile design.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great looking unit
Very well made
Cons: None thus far..
Other Thoughts: I've owned this product for a few months now and would definitely recommend it. Most of the things I could say about the unit are already covered in the literature promoting it, so I'll mention a few things that hopefully will be helpful to someone. For those wondering how the latching mechanism works out in practice, I found that the latching mechanism works very well but does take a moment to get use to. For instance, the latching mechanism must be in the open position in order to insert the drive fully into the bay. I did not find that intuitive at first, but now don't even notice (do it by habit). Definitely a unique design and has worked consistently and reliably. All the miniature parts that make it work look intelligently layed out. Looks like the unit will last a long time.
Also, for those with cases that may have clearance issues (such as a cover), 1/8 of an inch is how far the lock sticks past the front of the unit, so an 1/8 of an inch should be considered the minimum clearance required. Measurements were made with a tape measure vs. a more precise tool like a caliper, but should be close (also keep in mind that pc bays generally have a little play in them, so even a hair less than an 1/8" might work). I was able to install this unit in the Corsair Obsidian 550D without issue (it does hit and indent the foam on the front panel, but does not contact the metal door at all, a near perfect fit).
Also, I'm using this with a couple of Samsung SSD's and have found that heat buildup is not an issue at all. The drives stay quite cool even without any fan.
In short, the build quality is exceptional and does everything that I need it to.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q25B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Great looking case
Very solid construction
Holds a lot of drives in a very small space
5 Hotswap bays
Easy to get side panels on and off
Can change heatsink without de-installing motherboard
Removable motherboard tray
Cons: Fan does not blow directly across all drives
Hard drive noise
Blue LED too bright
Some PSU's may have issues without Lian's adapter
Hotswaps aren't entirely plug and play
Other Thoughts: This is my first Lian Li product. The very first thing that stood out upon arrival was how solidly constructed the entire unit was. The metal used is significantly thicker than any other case I have previously owned. Even with someone telling you it may still surprise you as well. The finish is quite nice. A very solid and good looking case for sure (looks better in person).
The only thing about the case that I did not like were the overly bright blue led and that the harddrive cage was not sufficiently decoupled from the rest of the case to help with hard drive noise. Sound dampening did not help much.
Also the hot swap bays require plastic rails to be installed on the hard drives (Enough rails are included for all 5 hotswap bays). This system does work, but if for instance you wanted to swap out one of your drives, taking it out and putting it back in is quite easy, but you have to de-install the rail and re-install it on the other drive (which will likely require a screwdriver). So not an entirely instant and toolless process, but still a nice and welcome addition. This design also does a good job of implementing hot swap style bays while still maintaining a good path for airflow.
Also, the system used for the doors seems to work quite well. Very easy to get on and off.
Overall, I am I really impressed with the build quality and craftsmanship of the product, and will definitely consider Lian Li for any future needs.
Display Name: James H.
Date Joined: 05/23/13
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