Lian Li PC-V354 review
Right next to the fan mesh is the power button and the tiny reset button. The power button is illuminated by a blue LED and the reset button has a second purpose as it features a red HDD activity LED. A couple of centimeters below the buttons is the integrated memory card reader, it supports MS/SD(SDHC) memory cards and has a green activity LED.
Near the bottom of the case are two USB 3.0 ports and the audio ports. No USB 2.0 ports are found on the front panel but fortunately Lian Li has included an adapter that enables you to wire these ports to a USB 2.0 motherboard header, so you're not left in the cold if your motherboard isn't modern enough to have USB 3.0.
Close to the bottom of the case is the obligatory Lian Li logo.
The top consists of a flat aluminium surface with a vent for the included 140mm exhaust fan (120mm fans are also supported).
The majority of desktop computer cases use two screws to secure the side panels to the rear of the chassis but the V354 is an exception as the side panels are secured to the sides of the chassis with tiny screws. By using this type of side panel Lian Li achieved a more elegant look but the disadvantage is that a lot of screws are needed to properly secure it. A total of eight screws have to be removed just to reach the interior of the case!
Another eight screws are used for the right side panel. Interestingly, the right side panel is the motherboard plate, a creative design choice from Lian Li as it makes the case more compact while also making it easier to remove the motherboard.
Added: December 20th 2010
Product reviewed: Lian Li PC-V354
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck