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.