Lian Li PC-V1000b Plus
When the PC-V1000b arrived at my doorstep I must admit I had very high expectations. Probably unfairly high. Having spent time inspecting other peoples various Lian Li cases and reading many reviews over the years, I honestly did not expect any surprises - on any front.
That being said, the quality that I was met with really is in another league. Not a single panel or surface flexes or groans when the case is lifted. The finish on the outside is immaculate, the fitting of components is on the whole a breeze and the cooling is top notch. The looks, I think, are particularly striking - but in a subtle and tasteful way, just like the similar apple G5 case, many people will adore it, while others will avoid it with vigor. Down to the power switch, I cannot fault a single piece of aluminium or its engineering.
Granted there are several layout problems, such as the PSU area and the SATA cabling. Although with these issues known in advance, accommodation can be made and the task of removing HDD cages will not be an unexpected one if you own a modular PSU. An extra inch here or there though wouldn't be unwelcome.
As you can see from the size of it, water cooling would be slightly difficult without mounting the radiator externally, and that would mean cutting holes. This really isn't that much of an issue in my eyes though. In fact it would almost be a shame to water cool the V1000b and deny the aerated design the opportunity to show what it offers.
Overall the V1000b is a very well made, high quality case and is in those respects, nothing less than what we have come to expect from Lian Li. While the small issues raised may put you off slightly, I can honestly say that this case is worth buying just to handle. At around £130 at various retailers, the hit to the wallet is fairly easy to stomach and you certainly wont be left wondering where your money went.
- Exceptional engineering and materials
- Unique and functional external design
- Well cooled and supplied with good fans
- Good looking
- Easy to kit out and use
- No extra bezel plates included
- Pretty limited in cable management
- Price is average
- Modular PSU results in losing half your HDD mounting spaces
Thanks to Lian Li for supplying the case for review.
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