A Detailed Look – At the Outside
Removing the PC-V2120 from its shipping material was a sight to behold. The windowless exterior and seamless front panel door made me wonder about the modding possibilities this case had to offer. The The metal and rubber wheels are also very attractive and the brush aluminum really pops with my photo studio lighting. The case’s dimensions top out at 235 centimeters in width and 63.5 centimeters in height, which makes it the largest case I’ve ever reviewed in my eight years of reviewing hardware.
Here’s a quick shot of the front panel door. There are no frills to anything Lian Li designs and the PC-V2120 is no exception. They are very minimalistic in their approach to design and this door just proves that you don’t need flashy lights or flimsy plastic bezels to make a case look gorgeous and unique.
The aluminum front door has sound dampening material and conceals five 5.25″ optical drives, two 140mm fans, and nifty power and reset buttons There is also a small fan controller at the top of the case that controls the fans on the front panel. Overall, it has a very industrial look that should please many power users who are looking for a stylish, yet functional case for their high-end components.
There’s a small door on the top of the case that hides four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA port, and audio/mic jacks. Everything on this case seems to have a clean design and purpose, which is pretty rare in the age of cookie-cutter case designs.
The top panel also includes three 120mm fan slots that are concealed with aluminum plates in case users don’t want to add any more fans to the PC-V2120. If it was me, I would use these three fan bays for a triple radiator to make a custom watercooling system. But, that’s just me.
The left side panel is completely aluminum and windowless. The brushed aluminum is beautiful and the case wheels add another dimension to the PC-V2120 that is rarely seen in other high-end PC enclosures.
The back panel includes a removable motherboard tray, power supply bracket, 120mm fan, and access points for an external watercooling solution. Lian Li also added as many air vents as they good to be consistent with the industrial theme of the PC-V2120.
The side panel doors include these unique locking mechanisms that are easy to use and include a small notch to add a security padlock to the case. I don’t see too many vendors spending time on small details like this, but Lian Li went all out for this $429 case so power users would feel they got their money’s worth.
Here’s a quick pic of the right-side panel. Not much to say about it because it’s identical to the left-side panel.
Lastly, I wanted to show our readers the sound dampening material that Lian Li used to create a completely silent case solution. They kept the entire case windowless and used several fans in specific locations in the case to minimize noise, but increase the amount of air flow over critical hardware components. Overall, Lian Li did a fantastic job designing the exterior of the PC-V2120.