Lian Li Envisions Smartphone /Tablet Users Going Gaga for Three New Ultra Compact PC Cases

Paul Lilly

Apparently owning a smartphone or tablet means you're predisposed to favoring ultra-compact computer cases over mid-towers or those hulking full-tower hunks of aluminum and steel. Just ask Lian Li, which today introduced a trio of pint-sized brushed aluminum cases "for smartphone and tablet" wielding folk looking to build "personal data storage hubs for all your mobile devices." Interesting pitch, no?

First up is the PC-Q02 with a minimalistic and quiet design. It measures 5.86 x 9.06 x 7.87 inches (WxHxD) and supports mini-ITX motherboards. The case doesn't come with any fans, instead relying on vent holes on the side and rear panels to maximize natural air flow. Features include a single 5.25-inch drive bay, support for one 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch HDD/SSDs, two USB 3.0 ports, and an included 300W power supply.

Second up to bat is the PC-Q03, a tiny fanless chassis with enhanced graphics capabilities. It's essentially the same as the PC-Q02, only slightly larger at 7.83 x 9.64 x 8.26 inches (WxHxD), which allows it to accommodate graphics cards up to 7.08 inches in length. It also has HD audio ports on the front panel.

Finally, Lian Li unveiled its PC-Q16, a mini-tower chassis that measures 7.83 x 6.29 x 11.41 inches (WxHxD). This one is built for storage junkies and can hold a single 3.5-inch HDD and up to three 2.5-inch HDD/SSDs, though it doesn't come with a 5.25-inch drive bay, which rules out an internal optical drive. Like the PC-Q02, this one ships with a 300W power supply.

All three cases will be available in the U.S. and Canada at the end of May for $150 ( PC-Q02 and PC-Q03 ) and $160 ( PC-Q16 ).

Image Credit: Lian Li

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