The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Will wonders never cease, a *desktop* case

Posted by Deliverator on August 23rd, 2005

Desktop (horizontal) cases have more or less disappeared from the PC marketplace in favor of tower (vertical) cases. There desktop case has seen a brief return to popularity, due largely to huge numbers of people building home theater PCs. While most people seem to build their home theater PCs off mini-itx and small form factor boxes, the more serious users are using full ATX systems that accommodate faster cpus, faster graphics cards, higher hdd capacity and multiple video capture cards. Many of these full atx cases are designed to mimic the look of audio/video rack gear. One nice exception is the Lian-Li PC V800 desktop case. This case screams “there is a high-end pc inside me” rather than “I am some non-descript piece of audio/video gear.”

I already have a mini-itx based home theater PC, but was interested in this case to house my secondary workstation, which has been looking rather fugly in its $40 “computer beige” case. This case isn’t all that bad (although there are some aspects to its design that I strongly dislike), but looks very homely when standing smack next to the supermodel beautiful V1000 tower case that houses my primary workstation. One of the things that I really like about the V800 is that its styling is virtually identical to the V1000, but in a desktop case format. All in all, this is a VERY nice case. The build quality is similar to the V1000, with not a sharp edge anywhere. My only (minor) complaints about the case is that there is one slightly noisy fan (easily replaced) and that the external floppy/cd-rom cage (which has a beautiful metal bezel) is secured with six screws (of two different head types), several of which require removal with a very long bladed screwdriver. To quote Ferris, “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!”