Lian Li G70B Aluminum Case ReviewFormer staff writer - April 26, 2006
: Hampton Technologies & Cooler Guys
Price: $179.99 USD
Lian-Li is a name known very well amongst computer enthusiasts. Personally I have never really liked Lian-Li products just because they are quite plain and not very eye appealing. My views have somewhat changed since doing this review. Although the case is still quite plain, the quality, roominess, ease of hiding wiring and overall workmanship of the Lian-Li G70b enclosure has impressed me. Lian-Li has been manufacturing computer cases and accessories since 1983; they are one of the largest and most reputable manufactures of aluminum computer cases in Taiwan. Our case was provided by Hampton Technologies and they are one of Lian-Li's official distributors. Hampton Technologies was created in 1992, and distributes PC parts to System Integrators, OEM's and Value Added Resellers. The company's mission is to bring these high-end products to mass market by providing low price and high value to our customers. Ok, it's time to take a closer look at this case. Hopefully you will be as impressed as I was.
The case came packaged in a standard brown box with the Lian-Li logo and a sticker, which told you what case was inside.
After I got the case out of its box my next step was to look at the exterior for quality of workmanship. The case is very well made and, although fairly light due to it's all aluminum frame, it feels quite durable.
Unlike many other cases on the market today, Lian-Li chose to put the external USB, headset, and firewire connectors on top of the case. A plus for me considering I always have to move my regular case to plug in my headset.
After taking a very careful look at the outside of the case, it was time to see what the interior was made of. All interior parts were made of aluminum also and it was a breeze to get the side panels off since all the fasteners are thumbscrews.
This case came with a lot of extra components. Screw on feet, a cable to use 2 power supplies simultaneously, extra thumbscrews, plates to stack hard drives two different ways and even a rear vent for a power supply.
Pretty impressive, the case seems quite roomy and most every added feature can be removed by unfastening thumbscrews, but how easy is it to install my components? (For review purposes installation is in the testing section, at OCC we believe that installation of components is testing the ease of use.)