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Lian Li PC-A10 Aluminum Casing review

Lian Li PC-A10 Aluminum Casing

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Interior Design Part 2

Interior Design Part 2

Putting in our optical drive took us longer than we expected. The reason was the very secure front bezel cover for the 5.25-inch drive bay. We had to remove both side panels and release two catches before we could take out the solidly made cover. Since almost all users have at least one optical drive, we can't help but wonder why don't more manufacturers just remove the cover in advance? Anyway, we proceeded to slot in our drive and lock it using Lian Li's unique plastic locking mechanism. However, since the mechanism is applicable for only one side of the drive, we recommend that you add in some screws if you are planning to lug the casing around.

Talking about screws and other accessories, Lian Li has included a whole bunch of them, sealed in small plastic packets. We are being picky here (it's probably a good thing if we are nitpicking because that means there's nothing seriously bad about this casing) but Lian Li should have used zip lock plastic bags instead as we had to hunt for containers to place the screws once we opened the packets.

Hard drive installation was not tool-free like the snap-on drive rails that we have become accustomed to. Instead we had to use some screws with rubber rings but it was quite easy slotting the drive into the cage. Removing the hard drive cage in advance is recommended, though there is a certain 'technique' to getting it out. You should loosen the thumbscrew then push down and pull out. It took us a while to get this method, which meant we were initially pulling at the cage to no avail.

Overall, the Lian Li PC-A10 may not be as tool-free as we would have liked but there's nothing wrong with using screws, particularly given the generous proportion of thumbscrews and a straightforward and concise instruction manual.