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ITExpo 2002 Coverage - ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 5

Recently we had the chance to visit one of Australia's largest computer exhibitions, ITExpo. Unfortunately, being located in Australia means that our computer exhibitions don't get visited by the likes of Bill Gates or Craig Barret, and many of the products displayed are not ground breakingly new. Nevertheless, it is usually a great day out and there are always one or two surprises. Join Asher "Acid" Moses as he determines if ITExpo has got what it takes to compete with the likes of Taiwan's Computex and USA's COMDEX.

| Trade Shows | Posted: Mar 8, 2002 5:00 am

- Anyware Computers

 

 

Anyware is an Australian wholesaler of computer accessories with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The Anyware stand was mostly showing off Lian-Li's range of Aluminium cases and accessories, as well as a few coolers.

 

As far as coolers go, Anyware were only displaying Thermaltake products, ranging from the Dragon Orb Socket A/370 and Socket 478 coolers, to the crystal/blue orb chipset coolers as well as their Volcano coolers. In addition, there were also some Thermaltake case fans and memory cooling kits on display.

 

 

Before we talk about the Lian-Li cases that were being shown off at the Anyware stand, we're gonna take a look at some of the Lian-Li accessories that were being displayed. If you can remember back when I reviewed the Lian-Li PC65 case, one of my only complaints was that the beige drive bay covers did not look right with the rest of the case being silver. To combat this problem, Lian-Li have released a series of drive bay covers for both 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" devices. I am very pleased that they decided to do this and will be purchasing a set for myself in the near future. Lian-Li have also released a new product that features two thermal probes with temperature displays that are stuck into a pre-cut aluminium drive bay cover. This is great for people that want an easy way to monitor their computer's temperatures but are not able to cut into their own drive bays to do it themselves. Also on display were some removable hard drive racks and hard drive coolers.

 

 

To the right side of the Anyware stand was a display of about ten Lian-Li aluminium cases. The two cases pictured below are the PC75 (left) and PC71 (right) full-tower models. The PC75 is exactly the same as the PC71, with the only difference being that the PC71 is black and does not include a pre-installed window kit. They feature a total of 15 drive bays, six 5 1/4" bays and nine 3 1/2" bays. Six of the 3 1/2" bays are hidden and three are visible. These cases are quite large, with dimensions of 210mm x 640mm x 595mm, however, they are not quite as heavy as one would think due to the fact that they are made out of aluminium.

 

 

One of the other cases that caught my eye was the PC35 model that was on display. It is a relatively small case with only one 5 1/4" bay and two 3 1/2" bays. The thing that I liked about this case was that on top of the afforementioned three bays, there are also two removable 3 1/2" hard drive bays. These are ideal for people who are going to be moving their hard drives from case-to-case more than usual.

 

 

Also on display were two aluminium server cases. In the picture below, the smaller one on the lefthand side is the PC626 while the larger one on the righthand side is the PC78. The PC626 features a total of 14 drive bays while the PC78 features a whopping 20 drive bays. Since both cases are made of aluminium, you are assured relatively cool temperatures inside the case, which is even more important in servers because they usually need to be kept running longer than the average desktop system. The reason why aluminium is the metal of choice is because it dissipates heat much better than other metals that are commonly used to make cases, such as steel. Aluminium is also much lighter than steel.

 

 

The case below is a tricked out PC60 with all the Lian-Li accessories such as a window kit, temperature monitoring bay, front ports and an aluminium removable hard drive rack.

 

 

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