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Lian Li announces budget mini-ITX PC-Q01 chassis

Lian Li announces budget mini-ITX PC-Q01 chassis

Lian Li's PC-Q01 boasts support for standard ATX power supplies and 210mm graphics boards on mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards for just £39.

Lian Li has unveiled its latest mini-ITX chassis, the brushed-aluminium PC-Q01, ahead of its UK launch later this month, featuring an L-shaped side-panel to make hardware installation as simple as possible.

Designed, the company claims, for small office and home PC use, the PC-Q01 is a budget-friendly box which boasts compatibility with mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards without sacrificing support for higher-end add-in hardware. Standard ATX power supplies of up to 210mm in length fit perfectly, as do add-in graphics boards of the same length; CPU coolers of up to 90mm in height are also supported, after which it would foul the PSU which is positioned to the side of the vertically-oriented motherboard.

The boxy chassis measures 200mm wide, 275mm high and 242mm deep and is constructed in Lian Li's usual aluminium for an overall 1.57kg weight before hardware is fitted. Although it lacks externally-accessible drive-bays - instead featuring an entirely solid front panel - the case supports a pair of 2.5" hard drives or one 2.5" and one 3.5" at the front and the same again in the base for a total of four storage devices. Two expansion slots are available at the rear, and the front of the case includes two USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio connectors.

The interior of the case is accessed via a tool-free side panel which curves to cover the top of the case in an L-shaped arrangement. This, Lian Li claims, makes installation and maintenance of hardware easier than in cases with a fixed top-panel - especially important given the case's small dimensions. Interestingly, the case includes no fans as standard although the bottom two hard drive mounts can be sacrificed to mount an intake fan if required.

Lian Li has confirmed that stock of the PC-Q01 will arrive in the UK in mid-May, at a price of £39 in black only. No other colours have yet been confirmed.

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the_kille4 12th May 2014, 11:55 Quote
A cheap, dinky aluminum case? Would love to see what the modders come up with.
Lance 12th May 2014, 12:27 Quote
Thats really nice. When I upgrade....
trintragular 12th May 2014, 13:10 Quote
Looks very good with a reasonable price.

I can see cable management being a bit of a challenge but I guess that comes with the mini territory.

Any chance of a review? :D
trintragular 12th May 2014, 13:40 Quote
Thanks for the additional images, MSHunter.

I think I may be in love!

There are two links to some early reviews (well...one is more of a forum post) on http://www.lian-li.com/en/pc-q01-review/

http://www.chiphell.com/thread-879181-1-1.html
http://www.pceva.com.cn/article-1553-1.html

They're both in Chinese but the pictures are quite good.

I can't decide whether I prefer the blank or silver version.

A review of this case would be greatly appreciated. I suspect that the airflow won't be fantastic, though.
[USRF]Obiwan 12th May 2014, 14:17 Quote
On the chiphell site the guy is fitting a 1000W psu inside it, but it would just fit without the modulair cables inserted.
Shirty 12th May 2014, 14:43 Quote
Nice looking little box and the price isn't too bad considering, but I expect it to be a complete dog cooling-wise.
Parge 12th May 2014, 15:03 Quote
When will they learn to use SFX PSUs for ITX builds. You don't need anything more powerful than 450W anyway!
Shirty 12th May 2014, 15:28 Quote
Even TFX would be better than ATX!
Jehla 12th May 2014, 18:36 Quote
Looks like you maybe able to fit 4 slot GPU cooler in there! I'd want to add some ventilation to the roof mind you.
IvanIvanovich 12th May 2014, 19:32 Quote
I have a similar case, same size, aluminum, same looks but ports and button are on top, but from unknown manufacturer (could be a Lian Li factory second or something?) as it was a white box item. Anyway I got it to stuff some bits I wasn't using inside to make a little nix box. I have an atom 330 ion board with 4GB ram and a CX430 psu. I also had a quadro FX1800 shoehorned inside as it only just barely fit lengthwise. Even with that meager hardware it gets quite toasty as there is only minimal ventilation and the psu fan is wholly responsible for removing heat from inside. The non modular psu is a less than ideal for certain as I had to jam all those extra cables up inbetween the psu and the case front. A modular psu with super short custom cables would be much more ideal. I have an old 32GB ssd in, and I found the drive mounts less than ideal. With the particular PSU I found that it wasn't possible to plug the power cord into the drive with it directly against the bottom and had to modify the plug changing the 90 degree to the opposite direction so I didn't have to try forcing to bend the cable against the case bottom to wedge it in place.
It was fairly cheap, and it does look nice on the outside but it certainly has a lot of limitations. For anything but a basic browsing/office type pc or maybe htpc I would definitely look elsewhere. I can't imagine putting high end hardware inside it for a mini gaming pc as I'm sure it would overheat. It's really too bad they didn't make accommodation for a 120mm intake in the front. I think that would have been far far more beneficial than the drive mounts.
Spreadie 12th May 2014, 20:08 Quote
Tidy little chassis - Fit an intake in the floor and a blow hole in the roof and it'll cope admirably.
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