Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: LIAN LI
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
One thing you generally won't see from a Lian Li case is a lot of gratuitous bling. Their PC-A04 has clean, classic lines and a uniform brushed silver anodizedi finish. The only visible plastic parts are the narrow black pieces on the top and bottom of the front panel. While this certainly keeps manufacturing costs down, these black pieces stick out like a sore thumb and detract from the overall look, in my opinion.
The front panel features two external big bays, a large perforated area to provide ventilation for the two front 120mm fans, and the Lian Li logo, in relief, at the bottom. Up top, the I/O panel, which we'll go over in more detail shortly, and the top 120mm exhaust fan placement are the only interruptions in the aluminum panel.
The rear of the case is relatively conventional these days, but there are a couple of surprises back here. A rubber grommet fills the egress hole for the USB 3.0 cable and what appears to be a rear fan placement is actually just a screened vent, although it looks like an 80mm exhaust fan could be installed here. Four expansion bays feature vented, replaceable covers and a removable PSU mounting plate is secured by four thumbscrews. The plain side panels are also secured by thumbscrews and Lian Li provides some black silicone washers here to protect the finish of the panels, a nice touch.
Front panel I/O and switches are located on the top of the case and I/O ports are a bit sparse. Single eSATA, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports are followed by audio ports and the reset and power buttons. Power and HDD activity LEDs are located on the face of the front panel.
The bottom features four relatively tall rubber feet, attached to the aluminum bittom panel with adhesive. There is also an intake filter for the louvered PSU fan intake area. The filter is easily removed for service, but you'll have to tip the case to get at it.