Date Joined: 02/23/06
Pros: I use this primarily for use in Mumble/Skype while gaming. It's a bit much for what I use it for, but it's high quality and gets the job done nicely. After throwing away my 3rd "high-quality" headset I decided to get a standalone microphone that emphasized build-quality.
Well, this thing is built like a brick. It's bigger than the picture would lead you to believe, but I'm very happy with it. It doesn't slide around and Windows has no issues detecting it. You'll see it labeled generically as a USB audio device.
Long, detachable cord and a leather carrying case if that's your thing.
Overall Review: This thing picks up everything. For my intended purpose (gaming) I should probably exhibited more restraint when buying a microphone intended for conference calls. If you are getting this for home use, be warned that it will pick up everything going on within 2 rooms.
Pros: There is a stunning, minimalistic beauty to Lian Li cases that I keep coming back to. This thing is built like a tank -- really high quality all around. Coming from a mid-tower Lian Li case to this is a pleasure but I wasn't prepared for how big an upgrade this was.
Cable management features are new to me. Not anything revolutionary but I'm wondering how I lived without it before.
Airflow is fantastic for my uses. 2x 570 GTX and an overclocked CPU. Nothing drastic but my temps never get high. The 6 included fans do the job well.
Newegg's pictures don't show the 3 filtered fans that are used in the front intake vent. You can see them at Lian Li's website - part PT-AF12-3B. They attach via a metal framework which you can remove if you want to have your fans on the opposite side. Newegg details tab also states that you only receive 2x 120mm fans for the front intake which is incorrect -- you get 3 as stated in the overview tab.
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.
Cons: As noted by others, the USB3 ports on the top won't connect to your motherboard with the cable provided. With all the other extras included with this rather expensive case this seems like an oversight that would have been fixed by now.
Overall Review: For a better, more accurate description of what comes with this case you should go to Lian Li's website. You can order additional parts and accessories from there as well if you want
The whole "tool-less" design thing is handy for the PCI slots, but I'm a bit weary on the 5.25" bay latch.
The VGA support pillar thing is so far going unused. Gimmick or not, I don't really get how it's supposed to work and the included installation guide is pretty lackluster.
The power button is located on the angled edge on top of the case. Beware if you rest your feet on your case as it's easy to hit on accident. It's easy to circumvent this via a Windows power setting, but it caught me off guard as I'm used to power buttons being front-loaded.
This comes with a healthy amount of spare parts. You even get a latching plastic box that separates screws which just provides an additional level of convenience while putting your system together.
Pros: I bought two of these on Shell Shocker and put them in Raid 0 config. I use my computer primarily for gaming. Boot up and load times are insanely fast, as expected. I'm still getting used to rebooting my computer. I'll set it to restart and go get a drink from the kitchen... come back 20 seconds later bewildered that Windows is back up and ready to go.
I was apprehensive jumping on the SSD bandwagon but the horror stories of failing SSDs seems to be mostly a thing of the past. Sandforce controllers have a good running streak so far from what I've been able to research.
Very easy to work with and the included 3.5" bracket is a much appreciated addition that most manufacturers would cut costs on.
Cons: None as of yet. I'm 2 months into ownership as of writing this.
Overall Review: Make sure you do your research on these drives, especially if you're considering putting them into a Raid configuration. Raid 0 is incredibly fast, but comes with the risk of total data lost should a single drive fail. I keep an external drive as backup and all of my music, videos, and pictures are kept on an internal 2 TB HDD.
Pros: Solid construction
No issues with drivers
Overall Review: Simple, no nonsense design -- just what I look for in a product.
Inexpensive by comparison to other CPU coolers
Cons: Large -- just make sure it fits in with your case. I had no issues with mine, but I'm using a full tower Lian Li.
Overall Review: Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Lots of happy customers.