LANCOOL Metal Boned K7

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Metallic bones

The LANCOOL chassis shares the styling of other Lian Li cases, its made of aluminium and is proudly proclaimed to be manufactured by Lian Li. Even the WordArt LANCOOL website has it’s email destination as a Lian Li address, which all points to this being a LLi case with a different badge. The purpose of doing so is questionable especially considering the brand saturation that Lian Li has claimed; releasing a new brand name takes advertising effort and time. Whether Lian Li are now releasing a gaming section of cases remains to be see, but they have already added an ARMORSUIT gaming case to their existing portfolio of enclosures. The plot thickens.

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Regardless of the reasoning behind the new brand name, it is still a Lian Li in my mind although this case differs from nearly every other Lian Li build. This case isn’t 100% aluminium, and instead it’s a wolf in sheeps clothing, with the outside panels (top, sides and front) made out of hair-brushed Al. The internals and chassis are then made of 0.8mm SECC steel giving the case reason to add the tag-line ‘Strength 40% +’.

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The accessory pack that you get with the case is quite expansive and not only gives you all the screws and bolts, but also packages a couple of spares for the less organised gamer. You also get the Lian Li mobo stand-off screwdriver that makes putting the stand-offs in easier and also makes sure they are tight enough to not come unscrewed later. There are also a couple of cable ties, wire clamps and separate speaker. The manual you get is a large folded sheet containing English and foreign languages along with useful pictures to help the less literate PC builder.

External

Front

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Looking at the outside of the case, many will be disappointed. The case brand name – LANCOOL – makes the case sound like its destined for the hands of an experienced LAN event attendee, but the styling says otherwise. The case as a whole is simply a cuboid; no flashy curves, no interesting grills, just plain flat edges. The front shows the most styling with a large grill which is cut in such a way that it would be a flap if it wasn’t for the strengthening interrupts at the bottom. Below this and you’ll find the rather uninteresting LANCOOL logo which is the only silver object on the front.

There are three external 5.25” bays with a 3.5” bay below that for your FDD or something actually useful. The front is black aluminium with a ‘touch me now’ hair-brushed finish that absorbs fingerprints like the Governments central database but not losing them as easily. In the top right corner you’ll find the activity LED’s telling you whether your PC is on and querying the HDD.

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This front panel can be removed without the need of a screw driver or opening the rest of the case – it simple comes away at a pull. It’s not easy enough to happen by accident and there is no way to steal any components once the front is off so it doesn’t represent a security issue. Once removed the two removable dust filters can be seen which clip in and out of place with ease. As the front panel and dust filters are easily removable, you’ll find that you keep them cleaner as I know of few people that can be bothered to clean a dust filter than needs screws undone. Behind these two dust filters are 120mm fans’ which are matt black with no LED’s or fancy trickery added.

While the front may look a little boring, bare in mind that this case is likely to be transported round to a LAN event. Would you rather have a case with more plastic than Pete Burn’s body or one which is essentially a box with nothing to catch and break off?

Top

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Looking at the top of the case, you’ll find the power and reset buttons which are slightly resessed to prevent you from turning off your PC during an intensive enemy prosecution session. Next to it, you’ll find a flap which hides the labelled I/O ports beneath. You’ll find a FireWire port, a couple of USB’s and standard audio in and out; unfortunately no eSATA but most performance motherboards have a port on the rear I/O. From experience, these I/O flaps aren’t the most secure and will break off if treated roughly.

This entire top panel – which is also aluminium – can be removed for reasons unexplained by the manual, however this will mean that LANCOOL/Lian Li can release a top vent panel in the future, or you can replace this panel if you dent/scratch it. To do so you’ll have to remove the two side panels and reach for the screwdriver.

Sides

The side panels are simply panels of aluminium which slot into place and are secured with bluey-silver thumbscrews. When you look at the rear, you can see that the left-hand side has four thumbscrews rather than two. The additional are for the removable motherboard tray which tilts out from the opposite side you normally use. As the tray folds out, you don’t have to worry about CPU cooler height or other size issues that you get with rear sliding trays, as on the NZXT Rogue or the Lian Li PC-B20.

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The tray itself is made of strong steel and on the rear you’ll find a couple of cable clips that allow you to route cables in a more organised manner. There are also a couple of holes in the tray allowing you to send cables round the back of the tray rather than have them hanging over the motherboard itself.

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Rear

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Looking at rear of the case, you can see that the power supply is where it should be with a couple of water cooling holes with one-time removable covers. Next to this is the motherboard I/O hole with a 120mm fan next to it. Below this you’ll find seven vented PCI slots with removable covers with more vent holes to the right. These vent slits have mounting holes in the four corners allowing you to use the side blowing fan module found on the PC-B20 case.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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LANCOOL Metal Boned K7

  1. If it had the PSU position designed at the bottom, this pc case could were the perfect choice.

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