Lately, if you don't have an aluminum case you weren't part of the 'in' crowd of hard core case freaks. Well, if you actually listened to those people who believed that was true, you should stop modding and get out more. But it sure kicks ass to have a spanking shiny alum case, whether at a LAN event or just in your house. People will stare!
So we've been lucky enough to test out a few aluminum cases here at GT, most noticeable is our aluminum case round up we did a while back. One of the participants of that round up was Lian Li, one of the first to bring out overclocking in mind alum cases to the masses.
We have a treat for you folks today, a review on one of their brand new mini aluminum cases, the PC35! This one has the usual markings, the thumb screws, pull out mobo tray, and other nice features commonly seen on a Lian Li. But, there are other features that make this case stand out...
Here's the box that was sent to us straight from Lian Li's office in Taiwan. Not too banged up, kudos to FedEx as usual. One of the first things that popped out is the banner that says 'Hard Anodize' on the outside box. The picture above shows the anodized panel on the left and the regular aluminum panel from the Mini 30 on the right. To explain the term anodize really quickly:
"it's the process of electrically depositing an oxide film from aqueous solution onto the surface of a metal, in this case aluminum. This in turn can provide corrosion resistance, electrical insulation, thermal control, abrasion resistance, sealing, improving paint adhesion, and decorative finishing. What most people like is the last part of that, the decorative finishing."
That was a quote from our aluminum case round up, just did a quick cut and paste. There is no extra color change in the anodization of the aluminum for this case, it is the same pale gray color. You probably can't tell a difference in the picture above showing the side panel, but its a lot tougher than our Lian Li Mini 30's panel!
Here are some specs on the case itself:
- 3 External Drive Bays (1X5.25") (2X3.5")
- 2 Removable HDD Bays with electronic key lock
- Front bezel USB2.0 ports
- Thumbscrew construction
- Dimensions: 400mm x 190mm x 350mm (L x W x H)
Right off the bat, this case is packed with features, but is incredibly small. It is actually smaller than our first mini Lian Li case we reviewed, the Mini 30.
Upon opening the box, they had one sheet that describe in VERY brief on how to use this case. It doesn't exactly explain too much, just a very generic how to on getting your case going.