When it comes to elite computer cases, Lian-Li has more than a few. The Taiwanese manufacturer has expanded its range of brushed aluminum housings over the years. However, one of its most famous offerings is still the aging PC-60, an all-aluminum case from 2000.
It's still hard to believe that Lian-Li had success with a $ 200 case nearly a decade ago, all the more so since competitors at the time also brought a power adapter for the price while the PC-60 just didn't .
It's not uncommon for enthusiastically oriented cases (including Lian-Li's) to sell for well over $ 200. If you can remember, the last case we looked at from this manufacturer came with a hefty $ 700 price tag. Granted, that's a bit of an exaggeration and we can't believe they can move a whole lot of units at this price point.
When we look at other offerings from Lian-Li, we have cases like the PC-8B that are selling at more realistic prices in the $ 100 range. However, these cases tend to be a bit weak on the functional side, usually because you're paying for the lightweight, all-aluminum design rather than a bunch of fans or other features. With so many users looking to take advantage of bargains and save money in these tough economic times, the company may be missing out on a huge segment of the market.
With this in mind, Lian-Li has set up a spin-off company called "LanCool" that will deliver their unique designs at lower prices. They do this by moving away from aluminum and using the more traditional SECC steel that is used to build computer cases. LanCool currently only offers a handful of products, many of which are from the Dragon Lord K Series. Today we're going to look at two cases from this series.
The LanCool PC-K62 is a mid-tower chassis for gamers and enthusiasts. It has a tool-free design with numerous cooling options and should still remain silent during operation. The second case we're evaluating, the PC-K56, shares the same platform as the PC-K62 but is a vanilla offering with fewer modification options available.
The PC-K62 currently retails for $ 110 while the PC-K56 retails for just $ 65. That should already give you a good idea of the savings you can get by throwing aluminum away. If Lian Li can deliver in the form of a smart and clean design, we can see where they are going with their LanCool line. We'll examine these two cases in more detail next.