Upon first glance, excitement builds with the knowledge that the PC-J60 B is clad in brushed aluminum sexiness, and while not Lian Li's prettiest chassis ever built, the lines are clean, the look is subdued, and it ends up being an attractive option in mid-tower cases. We like that the front I/O wiring does not come with the bezel, we liked the dust filtering on every fan location but the back, and being assembled of aluminum, the lightweight of the PC-J60 comes in handy if the need arises to have to move it. The PSU cover is a nice option; the removable HDD caddies are also appreciated, as well is the sound and solid construction of this chassis.
That is about where the niceties stop, however. We found quite a bit of this PC-J60 B is not up to Lian Li standards. The residue on the left side panel that we could not get off is a bit of a downer, but it was the scratches in the window that took the prize there. With no plastic on the inside of the window, and cable left flopping around, it was an accident waiting to happen. There was paint missing around the frame behind the motherboard tray, there were scratches on the exterior of the back panel, and someone tried to touch them up, but did a horrible job at it.
If you visit the Lian Li product page, we noted that the fan in the PSU cover of our chassis was installed wrong, as the PC-J60 is designed to blow air down onto the HDD bays, and be pulled out from the PSU airflow. Instead, we were sucking air through the front of the case, pulling potentially heated air into the main chamber. Honestly, while Lian Li looks like they gave it a good effort in design, it appears that those assembling the cases just do not seem to care in the slightest as to what the customer will find inside of the box. This isn't even all of the issues we found in the PC-J60, these are just the main ones worthy of our rant.
Pricing of the PC-J60 in any form does not help the battle for Lian Li to get a good result in our charts or our recommendation. At near double to cost of some of our favorite mid-tower solutions, we find it difficult to try to explain how looking at brushed aluminum is worth twice the fee. Depending on where and when you attempt to grab the PC-J60, considering is can be listed anywhere from $159.99 if it is on sale, to $209.99 when it isn't. We are not only confused as to how to justify it, but the pricing we are seeing makes us want the red version over the black. We are saving a bunch of money, but not enough to make all of the issues go away.
Lian Li usually stands for sleek, sexy, solid, top-notch products, but today this is not the case. No matter how we attempt to spin this in our mind, we would advise that you pass on the PC-J60, as you can get cases with more accommodating layouts, and at half the cost.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||60%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||60%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||72%|
The Bottom Line: Lian LI's PC-J60, if you get a good one, looks nice and is ready to do quite a bit when it comes to chassis build options. Even without cosmetic issues, the layout is not that great, and we have seen better for half the cost.
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