Lian Li's PC-Q15 includes automotive design cues, including wheel-like stubs which are - sadly - non-functional.
Lian Li has, in common with many manufacturers, looked to the world of automotive engineering for inspiration in its case designs. Its latest design, the mini-ITX PC-Q15 case, takes the inspiration to extremes however: it's got wheels.
If you're imagining taking your mini-PC for a walk on a lead, however, you're going to be disappointed. What appear to be four wheels at the base of the case are, in Lian Li's words, 'wheel-like stubs
.' Rather than portability, Lian Li had silence in mind with the rubber stubs designed to reduce the transmission of vibrations from the case to the surface on which it sits.
While we can't help but feel a little disappointed that the wheels don't work, the case does have plenty to offer the mini-ITX enthusiast. Internally, the case is laid out so that it can accept a single hot-swap 3.5in hard drive in addition to a trio of non-swappable 2.5in drives. A 5.25in drive bay provides room for an optical drive, too.
Interestingly, Lian Li has opted to have the motherboard plate lie completely flat against the bottom of the chassis, while a pre-routed cable provides connectivity for the dual front-mounted USB 3.0 ports. Cooling is provided via a 120mm fan with removable, washable filter, and Lian Li is included a 300W 80-Plus power supply as standard.
Despite the case's svelte dimensions of 210mm x 216mm x 330mm, it can cope with some surprisingly large components. According to Lian Li, the PC-Q15 will accept graphics cards up to 250mm in length and CPU coolers up to 90mm in height without issue.
As you might expect from Lian Li, the PC-Q15 is constructed from aluminium and will be made available in silver and black finishes. Total weight, for those who frequently find themselves travelling with a PC, is 3.3KG excluding components but including the PSU.
UK pricing for the PC-Q15 has yet to be confirmed.