Lian Li PC-B71
At the front of the top panel on the B71 is where you will find the power and reset switches. There is also a small flap which conceals the 4x USB, e-SATA, Firewire and headphone/microphone connections.
The B71 is an upgrade from the A70 & A71, because of this there are many similarities and also quite a few changes. On paper it's these changes I was most worried about as I've had the pleasure of working with many A70's and felt the changes Lian Li had made would be losing the cases simplistic purity but I don't mind admitting I was very wrong. I tried my hardest to find fault with the new additions but I'm afraid they completely won me over. The first and foremost is the PCI fixing latches because I thought they would feel cheap and loose, and to me unnecessary complication. They are however very good, they have a positive locking mechanism that supports even the heaviest cards in place.
Another feature that I was somewhat reserved about is the adoption of the door locking mechanism from the v2000 and V2010 series. This was a very successful system on those cases, but the B71 is made of a much thinner aluminium and I was concerned of flex or even that it wouldn't feel quite so secure. Again I was proven wrong as the doors secure and latch perfectly, and if I'm honest the doors being slightly lighter actually helps make the fitting of the doors easier. The side rails make it very easy to align the door, once in place you simple slide the top rail to latch and secure the door, then just screw in the thumb screw and that's it, the door is on and locked in place! The backs of the doors are also covered with noise absorbing foam to add to the quality feel and quiet operation of the case.
The hot swap bays are a primary feature of the B71, I had my reservations here as well. One with the way the drives would be fixed in the case, and two with the airflow over the drives seeing as the front fans also feed air into the case. Something I have found disappointing was the fact the power for the hot swap PCB's is provided by soldered in molex connectors on 50mm of cable. I think it would have looked much better of the molex was just off the pcb and not dangling off loose as you can not really do anything with them. I appreciate 3 molex is better than 7 SATA power cables but a small change could have made a big difference here.
Here you can see the simple HD rails, they just screw into the sides of the hard drive. The case come with 7 hard drive rails, all the screws and fixings needed and a spare PSU plate should you wish to run dual power supplies.
Lets move on to see what the case looks like with our testing hardware fitted.