Lian Li is well known for making high quality aluminum based cases; the PC-V359WA continues this tradition. With a micro-ATX case, there are always restrictions on what can be done internally, Lian Li has taken care to make sure that everything can be installed in the case with ease. Three of the sides and top comes off very easily, once they are off, the posts are a little loose, but that’s short lived as they are solid once the panels are back in place. Cooling options are a little limited, a 120mm radiator on the back panel or a 240mm radiator on either of the two side panels. You can of course use air cooling, by installing two 120mm fans on each side. CPU cooler is limited to 160mm height.
Taking everything into account, probably the biggest disappointment on the PC-V359 has to do with the intake filters. It is not convenient to pick up the case to clean the bottom power supply intake filter; even worse is the front intake filter. Remove the side panel, and front panel to get to the intake fan housing, then remove it with screws to clean the intake filter. It would be really nice if Lian Li had made the filters easier to clean.
Included with the Lian Li is support for three 3.5″ hard drives, and one 2.5″ hard drive. The issue is SSD’s are becoming much more popular, and this is limited to installing just one. There are trays available, and some SSD’s are coming with the trays to convert them to fit these types of situations. Otherwise, like the rest of the case, the hard drives are extremely easy to install in the hard drive cage.
The Lian Li PC-V359 series is currently available, however they are difficult to find in stock, it can occasionally be found on Amazon for around $179.99 plus shipping for the PC-V359, which includes everything we have discussed here, and a 1 year warranty. That is a high price for a Micro-ATX case, being made out of aluminum increases the price, and Lian Li is well known for manufacturing high quality cases that last a long time.
Even with the issues I have with the filters, the Lian Li PC-V359 still receives a “Recommended” award. It is a great case that offers many features to the user and looks great. The issues with the filters is the main reason it did not receive the “Highly Recommended” award.
Legit Bottom Line: The Lian Li PC-V359 case series is a great option for a really nice looking cube style case and should be used as a show piece, not hidden away in a cabinet.