As we cruise around the chassis, there are a lot of things we like. The resemblance to the original, while taking the design to that next level on the outside, streamlining everything to what the market wants now. On the inside, we saw the HDD trays, which are very cool in their design, and without all the other material to block off air flow with most HDD cages, inside of this chassis stays much cooler than others we have seen from Lian Li. We really like all of the water cooling readiness, where fans are spaced properly, and you aren't stuck to just using thin radiators and fans on one side only, there is room in here for just about anything you can dream up. The additional drive locations and amount of room behind the motherboard tray are also big pluses in our checklist as well.
While Lian Li is definitely on the right path with their newer ideas in case design, for almost everything we liked about this chassis, there is also an issue to match it. While the front offers the right spacing, and the cooling options are nice, there is an odd offset from the fans and the front panel that shows the natural aluminum and looks like someone made a math error in design. While the trays for the HDDs are cool and all, the front I/O wiring is directly over a few of them, and if the wiring is tied down, it will complicate things. The back of the chassis is not cut right to allow proper access to the expansion slots, but is still doable, just tough. While Lian Li leave all the room for wiring, the one place the design to run a lot of leads with nine storage racks, the system is supported in the back with rails the encroaches on the room for the wiring, where the biggest bulk would be, and offering nothing more than a couple of stick on wire management points at this price is almost laughable. As much as we liked what this chassis had to offer, the list of issues isn't short.
As much as we want to be able to say that this chassis is worth every penny of the investment, the list of oversights in a case of this price point makes it an almost impossible task. Is this a much better chassis than the original version? Hell yes, it is one of the better cases we have seen from Lian Li in the many years of looking at their products; indeed it is, no doubt about that. Just at near $400, you are really raising the expectations of the elitists who shop for such cases in the first place. Most of the people that would want this type of chassis also have a propensity to things being in their place and it all making sense.
Looking into this chassis and seeing the fans are offset from center and you get odd quarter moon shaped views of natural aluminum through the front may drive most of them nuts to see day to day. While exotic materials and tooling do have their inherent costs, and does explain a fair bit of the money it takes to get the PC-V1000L Special Edition chassis, we still cannot overlook all of the missed finer details with something noted as a "special edition".
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||80%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||75%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: For Lian Li, the PC-V1000L is a great evolution on the original, and a fine chassis for most who can afford it. For the discerning eye and near $400 pricing, it isn't long before wiring gets messy and issues start to point themselves out.
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