Lian Li Pitstop T1 Mini-ITX Spider Test Bench Reviewajmatson - October 24, 2010
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The legs consist of four small pieces and four longer pieces. To keep the test bench from slipping or sliding when being used, there are rubber feet that are to be attached to the ends of the long legs. There are two rubber caps for each leg, which slide into place easily. To connect the legs you will use the screws and pipes that are included. Line up one small leg to one of the large legs and place the pipe between them. Using two screws secure the legs into place so that they can be secure, but movable.
Next use one of the thumb screws and place it in the small leg. This allows the legs to remain securely in place but also allows for some slight motion adjustments when needed. Finally, use the same process to secure the other end of the small leg to the support tray. Tighten down to ensure the leg is in the correct position. Do this same procedure for all four leg placements.
The Spider T1 accepts a full-size power supply for powering your mini-ITX motherboard and devices. There are two power supply brackets that are attached to each side of the power supply. On each bracket you place one of the anti-vibration strips that are included with the accessories to the bottom of the bracket. This keeps any vibration noise from emanating from the power supply and keeps the PSU snug in place. Once you have the brackets installed then flip the power supply over, fan side down and place the thumb screws in the connecting the power supply, just as you did the motherboard tray.
The power supply is also movable allowing you to create the perfect look you want. One thing of note, is that if you look at the power supply bracket there are the thumb screws for the back left leg stuck up against the bracket. This is a problem, because to tighten or loosen it you will have to remove the PSU to get to the thumb screw with a tool. Since hand tightening isn’t secure enough, this causes a problem that could have been solved by designing the screw on the other side of the leg. Underneath the main support is where you route and tuck the power supply cables for a neat cable look. Install all of the power and supporting cables and you are finished building your Lian Li Pitstop T1 mini-ITX Spider Test Bench.
With everything finally installed and put together we can push the power button and turn the system on. The power LED lights up on the power button when the power is on to the system. There are also the two LED's that we installed on the front of the motherboard tray earlier. These LED's light up an eerie red, like the eyes of the Spider. Another thing you can see is the cables that are routed through the access holes with the cable protectors we also installed earlier.
Here we have the finished product. The Spider test bench lives up to its name with the unique design. Overall, everything fits into place and I have to say is does look pretty sexy!