LanCool is a relative newcomer to the chassis market, but that doesn’t mean it is any slouch when it comes to product quality. LanCool profits from the knowledge of a well-known manufacturer, and even produce their cases in that manufacturer’s factories: we’re talking about Lian Li. At first glance, the cases from LanCool and Lian Li even look very similar—only the frame is different, as Lian Li uses only the finest aluminum, while LanCool uses the more common and less expensive steel.
The PC-K1 mid-tower frame is made from solid steel; the sides and front are constructed of thin aluminum. The build of these materials is exemplary, which makes sense considering the renowned quality of Lian-Li. The steel interior is well-organized and similar to the PC-B25 Black from Lian Li (which is also in our review).
The cage for the hard drives is turned out at a 90 degree angle, which simplifies the installation and wiring of hard drives. Four bolts with rubber washers are used to acoustically decouple the hard drives. Mounting disks in the cage can be somewhat difficult, because you can’t put the bolts in until you get the hard drives at least halfway into the cage. Another disadvantage is the missing labels on the bottom plates—the holes for the spacers of the motherboard are there, but they are not labeled. Someone who doesn’t do this all the time would have to look up which hole belongs to which motherboard type in the manual.