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The PC as a train – A very special kind of mobile Computing with the Lian Li PC-CK101

The “Train as a PC” was the highlight in my case tests in 2012. The PC-CK101 from Lian Li consists of a locomotive and a trailer, which together are supposed to hold all the necessary components for the PC to be installed. In addition, I can still fall back on 3 meters of rail and a complete drive set. However, this new mobility will follow as a second part in a few days, because it goes a bit beyond the scope of just one article. In addition, I wanted to visit the big brothers in real life with the little locomotive in the luggage, which unfortunately had to be cancelled and postponed due to weather conditions. Here, too, will be added in part 2, which was not possible in terms of time until today. And for all retro friends: we’ll have it tomorrow!

But even without this accessory, the case is almost unique and deserves a very detailed – and of course critical – look. Lian Li once again shows what can be done with aluminum and trained hands. I am moving far outside the normal mainstream with this very remarkable case and also want to show that it is more than just a feasibility study. The good piece is quite practical, which not every small-series representative can claim.

Technical data
Model name PC-CK101 (+ PC-CK101L in the second part)
Mini-ITX, Mini Tower
Dimensions Width: 185 mm
Height: 258 mm
Length: 515mm
Color Black, relief lacquer
Material Body: aluminum
Window: acrylic
Weight 4,1 kg net
Drives 1x 5.25″ external (Slim ODD)
1x 3.5″ internal (HDD, only if no drive is used!)
2x 2.5″ internal (SSD, if a drive is used only 1x)
Fan 1x 120 mm with dust filter in trailer
Connections 2x USB 3.0 (locomotive)
Packing size CK101S 554 mm x 246 mm x 385 mm (length x width x height)
CK101L 554 mm x 246 mm x 628 mm (length x width x height)
Power supply unit SFX PSU (from FSP)
300W 80+
Price from. approx. 220 Euro (only PC-CK101S without rails and drive)

This would put the facts on the table for the time being. But what can I expect during assembly? Now let’s surprise ourselves together, because despite minor hurdles, it was really fun in the end!



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Tolle Idee, da hüpft das Bastlerherz vor Freude beim Lesen (auch wenn es für Dich harte Arbeit war). Ich habe den Artikel sehr genossen, genau das Richtige zum Ausklang des Abends bei einem Gläschen Lagavulin. Ich freue mich schon auf den zweiten Teil.

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