Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: LANCOOL
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The case has a distinctive look with the front panel making extensive use of metal mesh and some layered, overlapping plastic “plates” reminiscent of a suit of armor. Top and side panels are unadorned, giving a classic look but there are no ventilation or fan placements. How will this affect cooling? We'll see.
The I/O panel features only two USB ports and one of them supports 3.0, provided the motherboard has this functionality (or an add-in card is used.) I'm seeing this with some regularity these days, and I don't like it much. I would consider two USB 2.0 ports a bare minimum, even for a mid-range case. Moving to the right, we have the audio ports, reset and power buttons and the power and activity LEDs.
Out back, the PC-K57 features a 120mm exhaust fan and a pair of tubing openings for the watercooling folks or one can use them for egress of the USB 3.0 cable. LanCool offers eight expansion bays with vented, replaceable covers and the bottom PSU opening allows the user to mount the power supply in either orientation. The side panels are secured with thumbscrews and there are silicon washers here to protect the finish. This side panel features a dual fan placement, allowing the user to mount up to two 120mm or 140mm fans on the inside of the case.
The placements are covered by plastic block-off plates to tailor airflow in this area. As you can see, the interior lacks the black finish of the exterior.