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   The first thing that came across me was the strong build of the case.  The anodized surface makes the aluminum a lot tougher, so this one's rugged enough to bang around (not that I would suggest it...).

   The strange bit about this case is the positioning of the drive bays.  The two (2) 3.5" bays are actually on the top, while the one (1) 5.25" bay is positioned on the left, sideways.  Right in the middle are the features of the case, two removable hard drive bays.  To remove them, you're going to need the key that is included in the box to pull those bays out.  These are not hot swappable!  So DO NOT pull them out while your machine is on.  Keep that in mind...

   Also on the front are the large power and reset buttons, which are right above the normal HD and power light.  Underneath those lights, are the two USB2.0 front port extensions.

   There are two lights above each removable drive bay, an amber and a green LED.  The green signifies there's power going to the drives and amber indicates access of data.  One thing to note, to have power go to your drives, make sure you close the key lock with your key.  The system will not let you start up with your HD in your removable drive while its unlocked!  Nice safety feature for people who may accidentally pull the drives out while its on.

   On the back of the unit, we see the thumbscrew construction in full effect.  The top picture shows the upper portion of the removable motherboard tray.  There are four (4) screws that hold the tray in place.  To the right of the tray, is where the PSU will be positioned.  Please note again, Lian Li DOES NOT provide a PSU with this case.

   Underneath the PSU bracket, are two loops where you can fasten a lock.  Another added security feature to prevent anyone jacking your components while you're not looking.  This happens, quite useful when attending any public events.

   To even things out a bit, an Enermax 430 Whisper PSU is used.  A 92mm fan on the bottom of the PSU and an 80mm fan exhausting air makes this PSU one of the best to use for any case.  We're going to use the same PSU that we did in our aluminum case round up.  This makes comparing temperature scores a tad more even.

   The included accessories is top notch, they've included a bag full of screws, a wire holder, some extra rubber feet (I think those are feet), zip ties, key and a small screw driver.

   These are some good shots to show you the amount of space you have to work with.  If you have any long video cards (Voodoo5s), you may want to reconsidered getting this case.  We barely cleared our 170mm evga GF2MX card.  Good thing this case has a slide out motherboard tray, installation would have been a real pain without it.  At least the expansion slots on the back are all fastened with thumbscrews!

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