Lian Li hasn't been afraid to mix it up when it comes to its PC enclosures. While the company's PC-V33 isn't an entire desk, this aluminum ATX cuboid is at least a little different from tower-style ATX cases. Thanks to a novel door design, the PC-V33 looks easy to build in, too.
It's not quite a cube, but it's close. The PC-V33 measures 13.1" wide by 13.9" tall by 15.4" deep (334 x 352 x 390 mm). The case is split into two cooling zones: the storage bays and power supply are housed at the bottom of the case, while the motherboard and its associated components sit up top. Both compartments are vented by 120-mm exhaust fans at the rear. The front panel holds the requisite headphone and microphone jacks and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
Even though the case is shorter than a standard mid-tower, you can still install big tower CPU coolers in the PC-V33. There's still 190 mm between the motherboard and the top of the case. 120-mm and 240-mm radiators can be installed at the front of the case, as well. A pair of grommeted pass-throughs between the chambers should keep builds nice and tidy.
The storage and power chamber contains two drive sleds that can accommodate up to four 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Full-sized ATX power supplies should fit easily, as well, and the basement looks to have ample room for unused cables.
The PC-V33's top cover has a novel hinge mechanism that could make building a breeze. The wraparound front and top panel of the PC-V33 folds away from the rest of the case to reveal the motherboard tray, so getting a mobo inside looks like a snap.
Lian Li will offer a windowed PC-V33, pictured above with its full tempered-glass side, as well as anon-windowed version, The windowed version will be available in black for $229, and the non-windowed will be available in both black and white for $199.