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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lian Li PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case
Closer Look: PC-B25B Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: PC-B25B Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Final Thoughts: Lian Li PC-B25B

I approached the review of Lian Li's PC-B25B black aluminum mid-tower ATX case with absolutely no expectations. Then after learning that this was the case designed to replace the PC-B20A as the crown jewel of the Classical Silent series I began to form opinions. While in many ways the PC-B25B is better than the older PC-B20A/B, but I would consider this case an improvement more than a replacement. I still really like the PC-B20A because it has been a centerpiece of my home office for so long, but the new PC-B25B has all of the same features and then a few.

Lian Li PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case

In the long run I can always remove the entire door assembly and put it back into the box, but I can't reposition the hard drive rack or add two 120mm cooling fans to the front of my old PC-B20A. All of this means that the Lian Li PC-B25B black aluminum mid-tower ATX case has found a new home, and my girlfriend just got a computer upgrade.

Conclusion

Lian Li has offered the consumer with plenty of incentive to buy with a very informative package giving excellent product presentation. Lately I have seen Lian Li cases arrive in either a low-frills cardboard box with colored lettering, or in a nice glossy image package such as what the PC-B25B arrived in.

Black is always in style, and when it's wrapped around one of the most elegant yet simple designs it becomes even more timeless. I am not always a fan of plain appearances, but I believe that Lian Li pulled off a tough task by adding just enough fashion to the PC-B25B with an artfully illuminated blue circle up front.

Lian Li had certainly refined their product with every new release, and the near-flawless construction in the PC-B25B proves it. Aside from a few tiny faults (hard plastic hose grommets), the PC-B25B is among the very best cases I have ever tested. It level of quality even matches the extremely high-dollar Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case which is priced almost three times higher.

I wouldn't go so fair as to say the PC-B25B has perfected each and every facet of performance, but it does extremely well and offers a collective feature-set and functionality which is hard to get anywhere else. It may not be the coolest running case, or the most silent, or even the best looking; but it ranks very high at every level.

Based on predicted pricing in-line with other models in the series, the Lian Li PC-B25B black aluminum mid-tower ATX case is going to be a premium product for the demanding enthusiast. Expected to sell at the $155-$175 price point, there aren't very many competitors offering the same convenience and functionality to match an equally stunning style and appearance.

In conclusion I can proudly offer the my recommendation for the Lian Li PC-B25B black aluminum mid-tower ATX case to any computer enthusiast who has elevated themselves past flashing lights and see-through windows and demand only the best from their equipment. There are plenty of manufacturers making decent products with ample features, but only Lian Li make a top-class product with every single model they release. With the PC-B25B you will never have to second guess quality or performance, as they are proven assets to this product line.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Uncompromising quality control
+ Research & development shine through
+ Excellent hard drive cooling
+ High strength full-aluminum construction
+ Plenty of working room
+ Sound-dampening material on top
+ Double-wall side panels absorb noise
+ Sliding removable motherboard assembly
+ Hard drive rack can be repositioned
+ Liquid-cooling friendly
+ Cable management clips are convenient
+ Double-hinge bezel door
+ Vented expansion slot blanks
+ Elegant design is beautifully finished

Cons:

- Premium price for a premium product.
- Functionally limited front bezel LED adapter is bulky
- Hard plastic hose grommets are sharp
- PSU mounting plate is unnecessary

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.5
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Award: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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