Lian Li continues its barrage of new cases, the latest one being a new entry to its Mini-Q series, the PC-Q11. Billed as a "slim mini-tower designed for users who require more space and style," this new chassis comes ready to support mini-ITX and mini-DTX foundations.
The PC-Q11 measures 200x326x260mm (WxH.D) and weighs a little over 5.3 pounds (2.42kb). It comes with a modular HDD cage, 1.5mm aluminum alloy panel, a single 140mm fan at the front, a single 5.25-inch optical drive bay, support for up to two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front, and two PCI expansion slots.
The PC-Q11 will start shipping later this month for $95 (silver or black), $115 (red), and $175 (white).
Lian Li, maker of high-end cases often constructed in brushed aluminum, looks to add to its legacy with the PC-C50 multimedia HTPC enclosure.
Like so many cases before this one, the PC-C50 is made from the aforementioned brushed aluminum and is available in both black and silver. Modular is the name of the game here, with the PC-C50 sporting a modular CD-ROM cage and two removable HDD cages.
Adding a touch of modern flair, the PC-C50 incorporates USB 3.0 support into the front panel connectors. Other features include two 120mm exhaust fans on the side, PCI brackets with vent holes for additional cooling, two 120mm and 80mm size fan holes on the top and at the rear, respectively, an MS/SD card reader slot, and support for mATX, mini-DTX, and mini-ITX motherboards.
The PC-C50 will start shipping in late August for around $190.
Lian Li has just added a new all aluminum chassis to its Mini Q series, the PC-V354. Designed for small setups, Lian Li's latest mini tower serves up support for micro-ATX, mini-ITX, and mini-DTX form factors.
The case measures 245x320x420mm (W.H.D.) and boasts enough room to accommodate up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives. Each HDD cage is modular, so if you plan on installing an elongated videocard, you can remove one of the cages and gain access to nearly 14 inches of space.
On the cooling front, the PC-354 comes with two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and a single 140mm fan on the top. Lian Li says that each one comes mounted with special anti-vibration grommets and dust filters, making them capable of running near silent while keeping your system free from debris.
Other features include a pair of USB 3.0-ready ports, a single external 5.25-inch drive bay, and integrated SD card reader.
Look for the PC-354 to ship at the end of August for $180 (silver/black) and $200 (red).
Lian Li has come up with a new line of enclosures, only these are for your hard drive, not your entire PC. Dubbed "EX-10Q," these external drive enclosures provide a colorful home for your 2.5-inch hard drive (or SSD).
Constructed of thin aluminum and available in a variety of colors (red, silver, black, and blue), the EX-10Q connects via a USB 3.0 port allowing it to reach speeds of up to 5Gbps, or up to 480Mbps if you're still rolling old school with USB 2.0 (and thanks to Intel dragging its feet, most of us are).
The EX-10Q enclosures measure 75mm x 12mm x 130mm (or 2.95in x 0.47in x 5.12mm for those of you who shake an angry fist at the metric system) and will start shipping soon for $30.
Lian Li on Tuesday unveiled its TYR PC-X2000F gaming grade chassis, which the company is also billing as an HTPC enclosure. Given the case's size, Lian Li might be going on a bit of limb with that one, though we'll concede the case certainly allows "high performance components to be encompassed into the home theater environment without compromising looks or appeal."
Lian Li's latest enclosure supports E-ATX, ATX, and mATX motherboards and comes with four tool-less optical drive bays placed on either the left or right side. You'll also find seven tool-less hard drive mounting racks, cable storage behind the motherboard tray, a fan control-switch on the back panel, four USB 3.0 I/O ports, and five 140mm LED fans (three at the front and two in the back).
Should you decide to plop the PC-X2000F into your living room, noise apparently won't be an issue, Lian Li claims. The company says the case was designed with silence in mind, and as such, it comes with "specialized sound insulation material combined with the 2mm thick aluminum alloy side panels [to] keep your system whisper quiet."
The case will be available by the end of the month for around $540.
Gamers with deep pockets have a new high-end enclosure to choose from, one that's loaded with modern amenities, including dual-heat zones so that your drives avoid cooking in the heat coming from your processor, videocard, and other components in and around the motherboard.
The spacious PC-X900 includes three 5.25-inch optical drive bays and seven 3.5-inch drive bays separated in two cages, all of which are tool-less. It can accommodate videocards up to 300mm in length, and you'll find four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover next to an eSATA port.
Plenty of fans are provided to cool the aluminum case, including three 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the back.
Lian Li says this PC-X900 will begin shipping by the end of May for around $440 (Silver or Black) and $500 (Red).
Typically when we think of Lian- Li enclosures, we pictured brushed aluminum and sleek aesthetics. We also envision huge towers with enough room to build a high-end PC and hide a body, and while the former is present and accounted for, you're not going to be shoving a whole lot into the the new Mini-Q Series.
Lian Li's catering to a different kind of system builder with its PC-Q06, a compact enclosure that's able to house your components on the inside and hold a mini-ITX mobo on top. Also available are optional ATX and mATX motherboard trays, which we suspect will be of more interest to most users shopping for a test bench.
You'll find holders for two PCI brackets Lian Li says are capable of holding heavy graphics cards, as well as the ability to house one standard 5.25-inch optical drive, one standard 3.5-inch hard drive, and one standard ATX power supply. Also included are two USB 3.0 headers and high-definition audio ports on the front panel.
We're told the PC-Q06 will be available by the end of May for around $90 in silver or black, and $105 for red.
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Lian Li has been known to take chances in case design, like the PC-777 snail shell chassis. But never have we seen anything like the Pitstop PC-T1 Mini-ITX Spider Test Bench.
This four-legged arachnid sports an angle-adjustable motherboard tray that sits out in the open for easy access, but only accommodates mini-ITX boards. There's a place for a single 5.25-inch slim optical drive, one standard 3.5-inch HDD or SSD, and an ATX power supply.
"Lian Li's PC-T1 is most ideal for hardware enthusiasts looking to display an impressive computer system for the next LAN party or to challenge family and friends with a unique looking HTPC," Lian Li explains.
Sing it with us: “If you like aluminum chassis / and a whole lot of fans / if you want premium airflow / and have plenty of clams…” then, well, you might find that Lian Li’s PC-B25F mid-tower is what you’re looking for. At 8.2 inches wide by 19.5 inches high by 19.3 inches wide, it’s a mid-size mid-tower, but its aluminum construction makes it the lightest of the bunch. The PC-B25F is completely toolless, if you so choose: The motherboard standoffs are preinstalled (for ATX, anyway) and the mobo screws are all thumbscrews.
The exterior of the B25F is completely black, except for a circle of blue light at the bottom of the front panel. It’s the only light on the case (except the power and drive activity lights) and we like it that way. The B25F’s interior is unpainted, but we’re willing to forgive that, because shiny unpainted aluminum looks a lot better than unpainted steel. The motherboard tray includes the now-requisite CPU backplate cutout, as well as cable-routing holes, tie downs, and even a few PSU cable–routing clips.