Lian-Li makes its cases more accessible with the Ebonsteel line

Lest you think you've wandered into a realm of fantasy, worry not; "Ebonsteel" is just Lian-Li's brand for its first lineup of steel cases. The Taiwanese chassis company has long been known for its catalog of premium aluminum cases, but aluminum isn't cheap, and neither are aluminum computer chassis. By popular demand, Lian-Li is bringing its premium chassis expertise to a more affordable price point.

PC-K5

Lian-Li hasn't said anything about the type or thickness of steel it is using in the Ebonsteel enclosures, but externally, the three cases debuting in the new series resemble the company's aluminum line. The PC-K5 is a pretty basic ATX mid-tower with room for up to five 120mm fans: two in the front, two on the top, and one in the back. The top fans can be replaced with a 240mm radiator. Removable drive cages support four 2.5" or 3.5" drives.

PC-K6

By comparison, the PC-K6 and K6S are a bit more high-end. The PC-K6 is also a mid-tower ATX chassis, but it moves the power supply and drive cages into a separate compartment below the motherboard area, much like the company's PC-J60. As a result, the case is slightly larger than the K5. Seven mounts for 3.5" or 2.5" disks are available, while the two 5.25" bays up front are retained from the K5. Like its little brother, the K6 supports five fans in the same locations, but 140mm fans and 280mm radiators are supported, too. The K6S variant includes sound-dampening foam inserts and a different front bezel with another USB 2.0 port.

PC-K6S

All three cases include tool-less construction, cable management cut-outs, mesh fan filters, and vibration damping on the power supply and disk mounts. Lian-Li says the PC-K5 will be available for just $56, an unheard-of price point for the company. A windowed version of that case will be slightly more expensive at $60. The K6 is expected to retail for $93, while the noise-reducing K6S will come in at $109. The Ebonsteel cases will be available in mid-to-late June.

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    • --k
    • 3 years ago

    This line leads me to believe that the K6 and K6S pix are crossed:

    K6S:
    “The front panel on this version is hinged to swing open for easier access to the 5.25″ bays and 120mm intake fans. ”

    K6:

    “The front panel has two 5.25″ bays and the top panel includes two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, and HD audio inputs.”

    Also, the K5 and K6 have more similarities than the K6S, which leads me to believe that the K6S is probably also mislabled and is actually the K5.

    So K5=K6, K6=K6S, K6S=K5

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks for that. I corrected the images. They weren’t labeled when I got them from Lian-Li so I gave it my best guess. 🙂

    • kmm
    • 3 years ago

    First lineup of steel cases?

    That whole Lancool thing was a lie, huh? I knew it.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    They’ve outsourced these to some super-cheap OEM and are just cashing in on the Lian-Li name.

    The K5 series look cheap and nasty. I recognise the OEM from some of the details as the same one that makes the overly-cheap Carbide 100R and also a couple of own-brand cases from European retailers. I’ve never seen a Rosewill case this side of the Atlantic but I’d guess it’s a similar deal.

    The K6 series looks better and from a completely different OEM. I’d guess Antec, at a push since the underlying steelwork behind all the plastic facade is very P180/P280-era, and the plastic has that same sort of look to it. HardwareLuxx have some good high-res pictures, and the Lian-Li video on their official site shows you enough that you might recognise.

    There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with these cheap cases, other than trying to sell them under the guise of “quality”.

    • shank15217
    • 3 years ago

    Lian Li follows up this recent announcement with its more Premium Cases Line – Valerian Steel

    • Goty
    • 3 years ago

    bicubic sharper

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Unfortunately, these are the images as we recieved them. Sorry about the poor quality.

        • Goty
        • 3 years ago

        No worries, just being snarky.

    • Mr Bill
    • 3 years ago

    Buying this case will increase your reputation with the Knights of the Ebon Blade faction.

    • Cristy26
    • 3 years ago

    The pictures does not corespound with the model number under them. The corect order is from top: pc-k6,k6s,k5

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. The images have been corrected.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    No K7 and K8 models yet?

      • JosiahBradley
      • 3 years ago

      Not with K12 right around the corner. I heard those cases will be extremely quiet and zen-like.

        • Redocbew
        • 3 years ago

        It’s going to be 40% more case-y, but they’ve been saying that for a while.

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