Lian Li Pitstop T1 Mini-ITX Spider Test Bench Reviewajmatson - October 24, 2010
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The Lian Li Pitstop T1 mini-ITX Spider Test bench is unique to say the least. The design looks sleek and sexy, and would be a good fit for anyone wanting to show off their killer mini-ITX system to friends or colleagues.
As far as functionality goes, it does the job, but does have some drawbacks. Firstly, as a test bench you cannot use a full size graphics card, which unless you are just testing CPUs and motherboards with integrated graphics, you really won’t have any use for it. Secondly, it is quite large for a mini-ITX chassis. It will be hard to find desk space to place it on especially with monitors, keyboards and other stuff on the desk. The biggest downfall I experienced is the wobbly legs that can give way if too much weight is on it. With just the components I had installed for the review, some of the legs were giving way and no matter how much I tightened the thumb screws, they would still slip. Speaking of the thumb screws remember the one for the left rear leg that was poorly placed? I think a bit more time could have gone into testing the functional design of the chassis before production. At around $130 for a mini-ITX chassis I expect better attention to detail.
On the opposite side, it was nice to see the looks I was getting from friends and family that came into my home office when testing. I never had a chassis draw that much attention, so this would definitely be great for display at a LAN party or trade show. I was amazed at how Lian Li was able to place a full-size hard drive and a slim optical drive into such a small body. The addition of the cable management clamp was also great, to keep the mess of cable and wires from being strewn all over the place. With some fixes to the stability and placement of the hardware used, this case would have been gold material. However, with the limitations on hardware and weight, this chassis was a solid silver. Do not let it fool you - there is a lot of potential to the Lian Li Spider and I would certainly not discount it.
- Stylish 'Spider' design
- Adjustable based on needs
- Support for 5.25" slim optical drives
- Support for up to 1 3.5" hard drive
- Cable management clamp
- Joints can slip from the weight of the components
- Poor placement of some thumb screws
- Pricey for a small test bench
- No support for expansion cards