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 PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The classic look of the PC-P50 is only enhanced by the side window treatment. It's somewhat difficult to see in the photo, but the window has a beveled edge and is applied to the outside of the panel and secured with screws. The aluminum top panel is meshed over much of its surface to provide open area for the top exhaust fans and the entire case has an appealing brushed finish, giving it a semi-matte look from a distance.
The top I/O panel is a bit sparse with only two USB and two audio ports. While FireWire is all but obsolete, an eSATA port would be nice here, and I would also like to see the USB ports spaced further apart, particularly since there are only two. The power and reset buttons have their own backlighting, blue for the power button and red for HDD activity on the reset button. The bezel surrounding the aluminum I/O panel is one of the very few plastic parts of the case, and it color matches the chassis much better than the above photo would suggest.
Out back, we have a fairly conventional layout, but Lian Li has still managed to add some subtle features to make the PC-P50 special. First of all, the black finish from the exterior is continued to the rear panel (as well as the interior and bottom,) and the exhaust fan placement eschews the more common perforations for an open hole with a fan guard for maximum airflow and minimal noise. Grommeted tubing holes for the liquid cooling crowd are also in evidence and the bottom PSU placement will allow the user to orient the power supply in either direction, and both side panels are secured with thumbscrews.
The bottom of the case features aluminum feet with rubber inserts and a louvered air intake for the PSU complete with a removable, washable dust filter that is accessible without removing the power supply.
The top of the chassis is held securely in place by four spring clips, but is easily removed to reveal the two 140mm blue LED fans…