Lian Li PC-A75

The Good Elegant design. Much lighter than steel. Clever hard-drive retention mechanism. Plastic box included to hold extra screws and accessories. Much cheaper than previous Lian Li full tower cases. Enough room for modders to go nuts.

The Bad Rubber grommets are cheap, misaligned and don't match the black of the case. Water-cooling grommets at rear are hard plastic. Hole in the top port array where eSATA was likely meant to go. Rear fan could be quieter. USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter has bare pins on the USB 3.0 side. SSD mounting options aren't great. Non-removable hard-drive tray.

The Bottom Line Lian Li still builds the most elegant cases in the market. The PC-A75's biggest problem is that for AU$100 less, you can get a more innovative, refined steel case whose only sin is that it's heavier.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

Lian Li PC-A75

Despite the trend toward cheaper steel construction, Lian Li is still doing the aluminium thing. It does drive up the price markedly, but we appreciate how much lighter its cases are, especially when it comes to transporting them.

Its newest outing, the PC-A75 (and the A76, which is the same thing but with a front door), is a full tower monolith that can take up to HPTX boards. It's a lesson in austerity, and yet it looks incredibly refined. At least, it does at first glance, but upon deeper inspection it's clear that shortcuts have been taken. More on that later.

The top of the case has two 120mm fan mounts, and to get access to them you'll need to unscrew two faceplates first. There are another two 140mm mounts on the side, but Lian Li only supplies grilles for the 120mm holes — to protect your fingers on the 140mm model, you'll need to buy aftermarket.

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