The PC-A77 arrives with typical packaging, with a thick plastic bag and two fitted Styrofoam pieces. I would have expected a little bit more protection for such a large shipment of aluminum, but apparently it was enough to get the case to the US safely from Taiwan.
Taped to the inside of the case is a white box with the case's accessories. These accessories include all of the screws necessary for installation, an extra PSU backplate, which we will get to later, as well as some zip-ties and a round cable holder. The manual, which arrives floating in the box, is three fully illustrated and descriptive pages, addressing everything from removing a 5.25” bay shield to the pin alignment on the front panel headers.
Here we get our first general look at the Lian Li PC-A77. The brushed black aluminum makes for a very sleek looking case, and Lian Li certainly went the way of minimalistic design, a characteristic trait of theirs. You can see 12 5.25” bays, topped by a 3-fan, 3-temperature sensor, alarm-equipped fan controller. Next to the fan controller are the power and HDD activity LEDs. On top, we find the power buttons and the IO panel.
Not only is the PC-A77 three drive bays and a fan controller taller than its younger brother, the PC-A17, it is also far deeper, with enough room for an extended ATX board. Otherwise, though, these cases are almost identical.
The IO panel sits on the top of the case. The dust flap on top of the case is made of the same brushed aluminum as the rest of the case, and has the Lian Li name glued on top. Underneath the dust protecting flap, you'll find an eSATA port, a Firewire port, four USB ports, and microphone and audio jacks.
As we mentioned before, the fan controller has many features. Not only does it have room to control three fans, but it also has three thermal sensors, each with their own alarm, and a clock. The instructions for the fan controller are well-described in the manual.