Date: June 14th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Lian Li
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
While the front of the box would lead us to believe that we have the standard PC-P50 chassis, the side panel shows that there is a PC-P50WB inside, which features a side window and black finish. The WB also features blue LED fans but is otherwise identical to the original. The specs are largely self-explanatory and don't really give us an inkling of just how special this chassis really is. We'll go over the excellent feature set as we proceed. One thing worth mentioning is Lian Li's use of the term “advance mid tower” in the specs. This means that the chassis is just a bit larger than run-of-the-mill mid towers with internal design optimized to improve convenience and performance.
The case comes in a colorful and informative cardboard carton that proudly displays the numerous features and the fact that this, like all Lian Li cases, is made in Taiwan. Although the box sustained some distress during its long journey from the Orient , the chassis arrived in pristine condition thanks to the packaging. The case is protected by a heavy plastic wrap and sandwiched between two foam blocks.
Lian Li includes an installation guide (in English only) that is printed on a single sheet of heavy paper and, while brief, it is complete and will allow the user to accomplish an installation with no problems. Also included are a tool-free PSU installation bracket and a couple of bags of hardware, some cable management aids, fan power adapters, some self-adhesive foam sheets (drive cushions, more on this later,) a speaker and some extra rubber grommets.
In typical Lian Li fashion, the case is elegantly understated. There is no gratuitous bling to distract from the classic good looks and the brushed aluminum panels are black in color. The PC-P50WB has just a very few plastic elements incorporated into the design, and we'll examine these in the next section. While the case would appear to have nine big bays, there are some nice surprises on the interior that preclude this, as we'll see later on.