If the conductors at Lian Li were instructed to think outside the box, it's safe to said they accomplished that task with the company's new PC-CK101. The PC-CK101 is, to the best of our knowledge, the world's first train themed aluminum chassis. It's designed to look like a steam engine train while still functioning as a full-fledged mini tower computer case, and quite frankly is one of the neatest enclosures we've ever seen.
Bear in mind that we've only spied press images (and a YouTube video, embedded below), but from what we can see, the attention to detail is pretty impressive. It looks more like a train than it does a computer chassis.
The PC-CK101 supports mini-ITX motherboards. It comes pre-loaded with a 300W SFX power supply (80 Plus certified), so you're not going to build a high-end gaming machine in this thing. You can, however, put together a nice little SFF system that stands out from the crowd. It has a single slim 5.25-inch drive bay, a 3.5-inch drive bay, two USB 3.0 ports, and a 120mm fan with filter.
"The PC-CK101 is separated into two sections: the car and the engine," Lian Li explains. "In the car a mini-ITX motherboard fits comfortably. A 120mm fan blows cool air across the motherboard. Cable management from the car to the engine is made easy with a tunnel in the front on the car leading into the engine."
Lian Li plans to sell two versions. The first is the PC-CK101 Standard ($229), a stationary model that comes with a label stating that it's a 2012 Special Edition Chassis, and the second is the PC-CK101 Premium ($379) that ships with six interlocking tracks.