Date Joined: 07/28/03
Pros: I just got this case today. I can tell you it's no larger than previous Lian-Li Full tower cases. I do miss the rolling wheels on my old Lian Li v2000, but this model is worth it.
12 Hard Drive slots on the front with 3 x 140mm fans (the v2000 has them stacked at the bottom 6x6 (with one fan), and the second row of drives tend to get very hot. Having all of the drives in the front will cause less drive failures due to better air flow. I've lost 4 drives recently due to various reasons, but this better air flow should keep my new drives working better.
Cons: The Fan Filters do suck pretty bad... but just like another reviewer said... easy fix. I put 4 eggs instead of 5 due to the fact you have to go through doing this.... took me... 15 minutes... but still they should have figured this out at the factory, and changed the design. (take your filters off and put them on the other side of the metal holes, you have to lock them in, so they are not easily removed ... but i tend to use an air compressor anyways on these to clean them out from time to time anyways... so works for me.
Overall Review: For the price... especially since it's on sale right now... I would go for it.... if you need to run 12+ hard drives and want to make sure they stay cool.
It actually runs quieter than my desktop after fixing the front fan filters (at first boot they made a lot of noise... had to immediately fix that.... thus having to not give this 5 star review.
The front Optical drive bezel broke easily.... but i have a black DVD drive anyways (only used for installing Centos Linux anyways...or the occasional Parted Magic or memtest, so no big deal there.... looks fine.
Case runs very silent even with full power to the fans (as far as I'm concerned).... i want full air flow.... and again it's quieter than my desktop (which has water cooling)
If you are a person looking for a case where you can run 12+ hard drives, and keep them very well cooled to avoid failure, then this is for you....
I thought it was going to be an ugly case from the pictures (i prefer rounded edges).... but it's actually pretty aesthetically pleasing in person.
If you have bought previous Lian Li cases and know what to expect.... this one is opposite from their older designs (motherboard sits on the right side now, instead of the left).... but i love this case and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a "server" case and not a desktop.... look elsewhere for that.... but perfect for my needs. Hope this helps.
Pros: I'm fairly happy with this unit so far, running 2 x Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB drives currently.
I had no problem with the brackets, like the first reviewer here did, although they do seem very breakable, remember to pull the main release latch while you pull the bracket out and it should be fine.
It's been hard to find reviews for this unit out there, so I wanted to try to help anyone out there looking at this unit. The new OS interface is pretty slick and intuitive, if a bit over-simplified in areas.
I really only give this 4/5 due to the lack of apps, and the fact that most of them you have to pay for.
Cons: Limited amount of apps at this point, also most of which are NOT FREE. Currently there is no Logitech Media Server port, which was built in to the older models.
If you buy this now, you will be an early adopter, and everything that goes along with that. That being said, I'd still recommend it, as it seems to be built upon a pretty solid foundation.
The included screws threading did not match my hard drives (pretty minor issue there).
Overall Review: I am giving this 4/5 stars, it loses one star because out of the gate we don't get much in the way of apps, and what is available are mostly paid apps, in the range of $3-4.
I'm sure this will change as the new OS matures. It should be noted that they are already on firmware 6.0.4 (the unit came shipped with 6.0.0), so you can expect rapid updates on this new line no doubt.
It took about 6 hours to initialize a 3TB mirrored array. (2 drives).
Pros: I've had 2 of these units since about mid summer (2012) and have had nothing but the best luck with them. It took a little while before dd-wrt was ported over (but the dir-825 firmware always worked fine before that).
I got my units in Canada, I don't know if that matters, but I thought after reading all these bad reviews I'd at least post my experience with them. (as I was looking to buy another one now that I'm back in the states).
Overall Review: I would be curious to hear from more dd-wrt users, and if they had the same problems as everyone else.
Pros: USB 3.0 Cable Provides Power.
Unit is Very Small & Stylish.
Very easy to set up.
Cons: USB Cable is extremely short (12 inches)
Proprietary USB Cable Design (USB Type A to Proprietary unless it's some new design i've never seen before).
Overall Review: I am giving this 4/5 stars due to the extremely short cable included, and also for the proprietary cable design. I would still highly recommend this unit, it is working great on my Dish Network receiver, which feeds it power and doesn't need a long cable.
Also it's a little pricey, but given the excellent quality of this device i didn't count that as a Con. The case only fits 2.5" drives in case that wasn't completely clear from the pictures shown. (Obviously the adapter alone would work with any sata device).
Pros: High Quality Hardware, Bluetooth & Wired, Nice Style.
Loses 2 eggs for the problems with configuration speed between wired/bluetooth
Cons: Configuration is a pain due to the fact that you have to plug the USB cord in to modify settings. Not a big deal you might think, but the speed of the mouse will change when you switch back to Bluetooth, making configuration a nightmare, especially if you are trying to get a nice match with your laptop's touchpad speed, which this mouse affects (Samsung 700z series anyways)
Overall Review: Mouse is very small... not a pro or con really, but i personally would have not been able to use it long term (purchased for someone else with smaller hands).
The Mouse is excellent in every other regard, except, again for the wired/bluetooth configuration issues.