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Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases

Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases

Lian Li has tweaked the latest cases in the popular Lancool range to help them appeal more to gamers.

CeBIT 09: Lian Li’s budget/gaming offshoot, Lancool, has stepped away from its Lian Li roots of aesthetic pureness and has begun a trip down Antec lane in a bid to differentiate itself and become more appealing to gamers.

The DragonLord Dark File PC-K58, Black Wind PC-K60 and Dark Ice PC-K62 might sound like something out of a kids fantasy novel, but they're actually all similar sized midi towers with all-black parts. Instead of the usual aluminium, Lian Li has gone for steel and plastic. Thankfully, it’s hard to tell because the plastic on these models blends into the case like the Antec Nine Hundred Two (902), but purists to the mother brand will no doubt be up in arms.

The design is more aggressive, with strong lines along the facia, but it still remains simple, with less fridge-like looks. Internally the features are very well thought out – with vibration reduction on just about everything: hard drive racks, quick release optical bay clips and fan mounts. It also has some of the most awesomely engineered aluminium clips for PCI slots we’ve ever seen (yes, we’re still very geeked out by the small things!).

Fan filters sit over every intake, of which there's one 120mm in the front and one in the base for the PSU, three 120mms for the exhaust - two in the top (suitable for potential watercooling) and one in the rear. Lian Li says that the final retail product will be about a centimetre or two longer to accommodate longer graphics cards with PCI-Express connectors at the end, and it will also be slightly taller to accommodate three-way SLI and CrossFire with a dual slot cooler in the very bottom slot; a very good idea for a gaming case.

In addition, Lian Li also has a chubby little mini-ITX case on show too – its tiny in height but it takes a full size ATX or micro-ATX PSU, as well as a full size optical drive and 3.5” and 2.5” hard drive support. So, while not the smallest mini-ITX case available, it’s arguably one of the most feature rich and looks good in its all aluminium design.

Finally, something else that perked our interest was a new external HDD case. It looks similar to the QNAP TS-409 we reviewed last year, but it’s eSATA or USB only for now with a large 120mm fan in the back, although Lian Li do plan to make space for a mini-ITX board making it the most perfect home-brew NAS box we could possibly imagine.

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Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases. Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases Lancool gets new, more aggressive cases.

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azrael- 9th March 2009, 12:34 Quote
It's facepalm time!

All the hideous case designs coming out recently make me wonder if we've entered the "Year of the Fugly Dragon" or something...
Aterius Gmork 9th March 2009, 12:35 Quote
*Another one bites the dust*
perplekks45 9th March 2009, 13:20 Quote
While the design isn't that bad I still prefer the blank canvases Li-Li normally builds. Although they started screwing things up as well, recently...
TomH 9th March 2009, 14:15 Quote
To be fair to Lian-Li, if they can sell that NAS/ITX box (with the ITX board) at a reasonable price it'll best the Supermicro model I was looking at, easily.

Just out of interest... What's the desktop/HTPC case under the NAS case, or is it nothing new?
Mankz 9th March 2009, 14:17 Quote
I like the NAS box..
Jenny_Y8S 9th March 2009, 14:31 Quote
So is it a mini-itx case or not? If it takes full sized ATX mobos then surely it's an ATX case (OK a small one). If it's a mini-itx case then surely it won't take anything larger!
walle 9th March 2009, 15:22 Quote
That Lancool case looks like an improved version of the Antec Three Hundred, judging by the pictures it looks better (design wise anyway).
jhanlon303 9th March 2009, 15:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jenny_Y8S
So is it a mini-itx case or not? If it takes full sized ATX mobos then surely it's an ATX case (OK a small one). If it's a mini-itx case then surely it won't take anything larger!

I read the article as meaning the case would accept ATX sized PSUs, which it appears to do.
Single PCI slot in the right position and not enough space on the other side of the I/O for much. It's ITX small.

john
perplekks45 9th March 2009, 16:03 Quote
I think technically Jenny's right. If it accepts anything bigger than Mini-ITX it's not a Mini-ITX case.
I'd still say it's small enough to be advertised as one because that's the market it'll compete in.
[USRF]Obiwan 9th March 2009, 16:14 Quote
Why don't all those case makers look ahead and make some room for water cooling. I just love the bottom part of the Silverstone IT7, you can fit anything in there. one 360rad, one 240rad, pumps etc, Just a little suffering coling in the upper compartment and the two 80mm fans in the back, it also costs a fortune... Someone make a case with in the lower part room for WC, upper part like recent midtower cases with a nice sidewindow. And there presto, instant succes!
Nicb 9th March 2009, 18:19 Quote
??........... I like the width of the cases. Thats it, their ugly and bland, hard to pull off both. What an achievement.
Slyr7.62 9th March 2009, 19:21 Quote
Well, I'd take LL's mid-tower over the Antec 900/902/1200, depending on the price. :P

Still has plastic on the front and top......*face palm*.
Bindibadgi 9th March 2009, 20:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jenny_Y8S
So is it a mini-itx case or not? If it takes full sized ATX mobos then surely it's an ATX case (OK a small one). If it's a mini-itx case then surely it won't take anything larger!

It's a mini-ITX case that takes "ATX" PSUs - as in standard size and mount. Although I think it might be limited to mATX in half depth - I'll have to check when we get one in.

The HTPC cases underneath are nothing new afaik - they are already available.

Obi - TJ07 costs a LOT to tool.
Rocket_Knight64 9th March 2009, 21:35 Quote
While they are ugly, its not as bad as the other recent offerings. And the internals seem nicly layed out although:

-Its nice that somone has finaly realised an 8'th pci slot would be usefull, they have not put a blanking plate there...
-Why dont they just fully cut a hole behind the cpu so its usefull (like CM)?

I sometimes get the idea that case and motherboard makers dont actualy use PC's. Some of the flaws and nice touches are so easy and obvious...
jhanlon303 9th March 2009, 22:47 Quote
@Bindi
Do you think the mini-ITX case will make it to the colonies?
I have a couple previous build owners that like the looks of this case.

john
dyzophoria 10th March 2009, 13:55 Quote
i also like the NAS box :)
Bindibadgi 10th March 2009, 23:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhanlon303
@Bindi
Do you think the mini-ITX case will make it to the colonies?
I have a couple previous build owners that like the looks of this case.

john

Depends what your current distribution is like?
tonschk 29th May 2009, 22:53 Quote
Overall the case is OK , but the toolless design for the PCI slots is silly , to be honest for me is really not a problem to turn a screw every two years to install a new video card , therefore I think the silly PCI toolless design is a nonsense and useless
mnpctech 10th July 2009, 19:12 Quote
I was the first to receive a sample of this case. I have to admit, they finally got the "tool less" thing right

http://www.casemodblog.com/?p=1103
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