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Lian Li announces PC-Q30 mini-ITX case

Lian Li announces PC-Q30 mini-ITX case

Lian Li's PC-Q30 looks like it would be at home as a point-of-sale promotional device, but is designed for enthusiasts proud of their mini-ITX builds.

Lian Li has officially confirmed that its unique curved PC-Q30 mini-ITX case will be heading to the UK, with availability set for the end of July.

Constructed, as you might expect from Lian Li, from brushed aluminium, the PC-Q30 is certainly eye-catching. Its curved front looks like some sort of point-of-sale promotional cage, and provides a acrylic window providing a top-down view of the rear-mounted motherboard and components. The idea, the company has explained, is to allow enthusiasts to put their rigs on full display - but in doing so, the design takes up a not inconsiderable amount of extra space.

One thing that stands out from Lian Li's gallery of images provided to promote the case is that none of them show the cables connected. There's a good reason for that: to allow the motherboard to be mounted face-on to the window, the input/output panel and the case's two expansion slots are located on the top rather than the rear. While the curved front extends past the body of the case to hide the cables, it's still likely to result in a not-particularly-attractive bundle of wires sprouting from the lid of the machine.

Graphics cards of up to 200mm in length are fully supported by the PC-Q30, while storage is handled by room for four 2.5" hard drives or SSDs in a removable drive cage located at the bottom of the case. There's no room for 3.5" units, however, and those of you who still rely on optical drives will need to get out your Dremels or resign yourselves to an external, USB-connected model - making use of the 2x USB 3.0 IO panel with audio connectivity located on the left-hand side of the case, perhaps.

Cooling is handled by a 140mm fan in the rear of the chassis, with ventilation slots on the top and side allowing for intake. Only small form factor power supplies are supported, with a maximum length of 125mm - although the rubber mounting pads, designed to prevent the transmission of vibration from the PSU's cooling fan to the chassis, is welcome. The power button, located at the front of the case, uses a dual LED to glow blue when on and red during IO activity.

The Lian Li PC-Q30 is due to go on sale in the UK towards the end of next month, priced at £93.30 without power supply. More information is available on the company's official website, or you can enjoy a video tour of its various features below.

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David_Fitzy 25th June 2013, 10:38 Quote
Looks like someone stretching over to the side one hand on hip the other in the air
phoenixck 25th June 2013, 10:45 Quote
I like the aesthetics but doesn't the size of the thing defeat the point of the mini itx format factor? I know it's not massive, but surely the format factor suggests that the most important thing to the people this is aimed at is size?
Gareth Halfacree 25th June 2013, 10:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by David_Fitzy
Looks like someone stretching over to the side one hand on hip the other in the air
Hah! What has been seen cannot be unseen!
jrs77 25th June 2013, 10:50 Quote
I don't really think, that the fan behind the motherboard does a good job of ventilating the case.
RichCreedy 25th June 2013, 10:56 Quote
I saw this on lian lis' facebook page, and thought and still do think, that big clear plastic window is asking to be modded with a Monitor screen.
The_Crapman 25th June 2013, 11:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by David_Fitzy
Looks like someone stretching over to the side one hand on hip the other in the air
Brilliant!
Maki role 25th June 2013, 11:07 Quote
Looks like they've really taken the mini-ATM form to heart...

Saw this a while back when it was announced, looked awful then, looks awful now. Would be nice if Lian-Li decided to get their heads out of the clouds.
MrDomRocks 25th June 2013, 11:15 Quote
I saw this a month or so ago, and wasn't overly impressed with it.

Kind of an odd design to be honest.

I believe this was shown at Computex as well xD
Gareth Halfacree 25th June 2013, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrDomRocks
I believe this was shown at Computex as well xD
It was teased prior to Computex, but with no details - literally just a couple of pictures - and no confirmation it would be coming to the UK, or how much it would cost. I figured people would want actual details, hence waiting for the official UK announcement which popped into my in-tray this morning.

And yes: I thought it looked daft then, and I still think it looks daft. I'm sure it'll sell reasonably well, though - it is certainly eye-catching!
MrJay 25th June 2013, 11:22 Quote
If they sold a bezel to mount a touch screen in that gap that would be awesome.
sixfootsideburns 25th June 2013, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrJay
If they sold a bezel to mount a touch screen in that gap that would be awesome.

thats what the modding forums are for :D
Chainsaw_UK 25th June 2013, 21:17 Quote
Reminds me of the Lexmark Genesis
GaryP 26th June 2013, 01:38 Quote
Not convinced the designer didn't have a fit halfway through. Awful.
RedFlames 26th June 2013, 02:06 Quote
And my general feeling of 'meh' towards Lian-li's wares continues...
Cthippo 26th June 2013, 15:57 Quote
Even though I can't see myself buying one, kudos to Lian Li for doing something literally out of the box.

They make good boxes, and they also occasionally release something that makes you re-consider what it is to be a case.
Pie_uk 9th August 2013, 21:09 Quote
haha nice micro-wave
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