Lian Li PC-A61 Review

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Closer Look – Exterior

Starting the review off with the packaging, The PC-A61 comes in a large brown branded Lian Li box with numerous bits of information about what is inside.  First off we have the Lian Li logo in the top left corner, with a green stripe just below with the words “Aluminum PC Case”.  To us British people it’s “aluminium” but let’s not be picky here; the packaging is designed for the global market.  There is also an outline drawing of the shape of the case also which is rather large and should give you a good idea of what to expect when opening it up.

Upon opening the box, Lian Li have gone with polystyrene inserts as protection and a large plastic bag to protect the case from scratches, marks and dust during transit; it works so good job!

To compliment the packaging, Lian Li have included 2 x instruction/installation manuals to feast your eyes upon.

Taking a first look at the externals of the Lian Li AC-P61 black chassis, I was nearly lost for words when I took it out of the box; it is simply breathtaking.  Now this particular version is the PC-A61B and not the windowed version but I still think it looks very elegant and features a very clean and sleek look.  The Midi tower is made fully from aluminium and has a ventilation strip featured between the side panel and the front panel.

In terms of size, the PC-A61 is approx 230x490x510mm in size which is pretty modest considering; this is classed as a midi tower and not a full like some of the larger Lian Li’s.

The top panel of the PC-A61 features a nice solid aluminium mesh which is removable using the little latch towards the front of the case; it feels really good quality and you can tell straight away that this is a Lian Li.  Next to this we have a front I/O over which simply slides open which I really do like; not everyone uses front I/O and it’s nice to have the option to hide this.  We also of course have a power button which allows you to “turn it off and on again”.

Here is a closer look at the front I/O which has the following connections

1 x reset switch

4 x USB 3.0 via 2 x front panel USB 3.0 headers

2 x 3.5mm audio jacks (headphone and microphone)

The top aforementioned top panel/vent does come off as stated and here is a closer look; underneath this is a washable removable filter which will protect your components from yucky unwanted dust.  This is also useful to access the fan mounts for installing either 2 x 120mm or 2 x140mm fans; this case includes radiator support for 1 x 240mm or 1 x 280mm sized radiator.

 

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