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Lian Li PC-Q30 Mini-ITX Case Review

Overall we are impressed with what the Lian Li PC-Q30 has to offer.  The design of the chassis is very unusual and is sure to appeal to an audience who want to build an eye catching system for media playback duties. The streamlined, modern design ethic will fit beautifully into a living room or bedroom environment.

As we have come to expect from Lian Li the build quality and the engineering standards are exceptionally high and it is clear that no corners have been cut. All of the panel edges are smoothed and there are no sharp corners either.

The system installation process is simple, however the case does limit component choices so it is important to plan the selection quite carefully before investing in this case.

One of our main issues with the case from a component point of view are a lack of 3.5 inch drive bays, meaning you need to buy a slower 2.5 inch mechanical drive for storage duties.  The other issue we have is that a user will be restricted to using an SFX power supply in the PC-Q30 … these aren’t as readily available as standard ATX units.

The PC-Q30 isn’t yet available for sale at any of the major etailers because it’s only just released.  We have been instructed by Lian Li that the MSRP is £93.90. This puts it directly in line with the Silverstone Fortress FT03-Mini which offers a similar combination of style and excellent build quality.

Pros

  • Beautiful design.
  • Very well put together.
  • Lightweight construction.

Cons

  • Limited component choices.
  • SFX PSU isn’t ideal.

KitGuru says: An interesting design from Lian Li that will make an excellent HTPC case.

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Rating: 8.5.

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