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Lian Li unveils PC-Q19 slim HTPC case

Lian Li unveils PC-Q19 slim HTPC case

The Lian Li PC-Q19, available in black or silver finishes, builds on its predecessor the PC-Q12 with dual-slot graphics card support.

Lian Li has officially announced a new slimline home-theatre chassis for mini-ITX motherboards, the PC-Q19, to launch in September.

Constructed from brushed aluminium - and if that comes as a surprise, you've likely never seen a Lian Li case before, the chassis measures just 160mm thick with a depth of 286mm and a height of 491mm. Based on the company's existing PC-Q12 design the case comes with a stand for vertical use, or it can be laid down horizontally. Despite its diminutive dimensions, the PC-Q19 can pack some serious hardware: a bundled riser card allows for graphics cards of up to 220mm in length to be fitted along with three 2.5" drives and a single 3.5" drive.

There are restrictions, of course: the case requires a CPU cooler no taller than 85mm, and will only work with a compact SFX-format power supply which is not included in the bundle. There are only two expansion slots, both of which will be filled by a graphics card, although two USB 3.0 ports at the front of the case provide room for expansion via external peripherals. A single 120mm fan at the side of the case provides cooling, and is protected by a removable and washable air filter.

Lian Li has confirmed that the PC-Q19 is to launch mid-September in the UK, with a manufacturer's recommended retail price of £99 for both the silver and black variants. More details and images can be found on Lian Li's product page.

UPDATE:
Lian Li has confirmed a mistake in its measurements: the PC-Q19 is not 160mm wide. Its actual dimensions are 105mm wide, 474mm tall and 257mm deep for a 12.7L volume.

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mitch311 26th August 2014, 11:57 Quote
Nice to see another manufacturer using a riser card but at almost 50cm height I would be concerned about stability. Using stated dimensions gives a volume of ~22.5 litres, roughly double that of the Silverstone SG05. From the images I'm guessing that the stated width includes the separate base as the case looks slimmer than 160mm. Would be nice to know what the actual case width is.
Gareth Halfacree 26th August 2014, 12:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by mitch311
From the images I'm guessing that the stated width includes the separate base as the case looks slimmer than 160mm. Would be nice to know what the actual case width is.
You guess wrong: the dimensions are shown at the top of the official product page, and the case is 160mm thick without bundled stand.
mitch311 26th August 2014, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
You guess wrong: the dimensions are shown at the top of the official product page, and the case is 160mm thick without bundled stand.

I did see that on the official page and I am wondering if Lian Li have made a mistake with that image. What I was looking at was the image further down the product page showing the vented pci brackets. That image makes the case 'look' slimmer than 160mm just from the size of the brackets relative to the perceived width of the case.
It also seems strange because you don't need a pci riser to fit a graphics card in a case that is 160mm wide so they are adding unnecessary height to the case making it more unstable if it is placed vertically.
Gareth Halfacree 26th August 2014, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by mitch311
I did see that on the official page and I am wondering if Lian Li have made a mistake with that image.
If they have, they've repeated it in the press release: "The 22L PC-Q19 has a slim profile of 160mm (6.2”), and supports the essential hardware for those looking for a sleek build for the home or office."
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Originally Posted by mitch311
What I was looking at was the image further down the product page showing the vented pci brackets. That image makes the case 'look' slimmer than 160mm just from the size of the brackets relative to the perceived width of the case.
I did some measuring: the expansion brackets in this picture are 200 pixels tall on the button. An expansion bracket I happened to have sculling around my desk is 124mm tall. So, each pixel in that image represents 0.62mm. The case is 194 pixels wide, meaning if the scale is right then the case as pictured is 120mm wide. The feet lower down are 297 pixels wide, meaning 184mm.



In other words: I have no idea where Lian Li is getting 160mm from. The feet are wider (although that could be a trick of perspective, depending on how far back from the case they reach) and the case is narrower. Huh. I'll drop their PR guy an email, see if he can shed some light on it. Nice catch!
Gareth Halfacree 27th August 2014, 08:29 Quote
Got a reply from Lian Li's PR chappy.
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Originally Posted by Lian Li spokesperson
W: 105mm
H: 474mm
D: 257mm

That's from actually measuring a case that was in front of him - so it's quite significantly thinner than Lian Li's press release and product page claim. Whoops!
mitch311 27th August 2014, 09:34 Quote
That certainly is a lot thinner. At least now I don't need to book an eye test :D
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