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Lian Li PC6089 Aluminium Case Review - From the Front

For those looking for an enclosure that says "I've got it all together", there is Lian Li. They have become known for both quality and looks in nearly every model they design. Come join Aaron "FragMan" Clegg as he takes a look at one of their newest offerings, the PC6089. With a track record like Lian Li has, it will be tough to keep up the good work. Let's see if they can do it one more time!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 19, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Lian Li

From the Front

 

The PC6089 has the rather specked looking acrylic door which adds to the looks of this casing. There are other models in the same series (6087, 6099) which are physically the same but just change the colors.

 

 

As you can see, the front door has a kind of frosting which covers the area where the 5.25" external bays are. It almost masks the drive area, so we can get away with using our boring beige CD drives without spoiling the look of the unit.

 

 

The 3.5" drive bays aren't covered in this way, thus the need for the stick on covers mentioned earlier. There are also the two blue strips on either side of the 5.25" bays that have LED's in them that emit light through them!

 

The front USB ports are, of course, USB 2.0 compatible and unlike other Lian Li models, they are permanently exposed rather than behind a flip down panel. Instead, there is a semi-circular cutout in the acrylic door to facilitate the use of them with the door closed.

 

 

The usual ventilation holes in the front bezel are gone in the PC6089. The door arrangement needed a complete front bezel redesign and the result is that the intake for the front fans is now on the underside of the case. Also unlike other models, the bezel is not easily removable due to the mounts for the front door.

 

 

 

 

As is the norm now for Lian Li, the LED's are oval shaped and are high intensity units in blue (power) and red (HDD). These babies are bright enough on their own to shine a beam to the opposite wall of a small room!

 

 

Also present is the speed controller for the front fans. This is a feature that most of Lian Li's cases have, but the switch is usually located behind the front bezel. Due to the difficulty in getting the PC6089's bezel off, the switch has been relocated for easy access. Maybe they'll start to include this in all future models!

 

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