The PC Q11 Mini ITX case is another beautifully designed product from Lian Li. The quality of finish is exceptional and the overall build quality is top drawer, there are no sharp edges and attention to detail is high throughout.
The Q11 is an interesting design as Lian Li have allowed for the installation of a full sized optical drive and ATX power supply, these are very strong selling points as media users often have to make a compromise in these key areas. Unfortunately due to the internal space, there will be no way to use an oversized CPU cooler … so either an Intel reference cooler or third party low profile solution, such as the Thermaltake Slim X3 would need to be incorporated into the final build.
There are very few negatives considering the size of the chassis design although a little care with routing is needed before you put the final pieces together. While we used ordinary Intel branded Sata cables, it might be benefical to use right angled connectors to help with spacing near the left hand panel.
Acoustically, the PC Q11 has proven to be a class leader and it is clear to us that Lian Li spent a lot of time during the R&D phase to ensure just enough airflow for a high performance system without creating a racket in the process. It is not often we measure sub 30 dBA noise levels, even if we did use a silent graphics card for the build.
Pricing in the UK is competitive, particularly as this is crafted from two pieces of expensive, high quality aluminum. £85 inc vat seems to be the asking price right now although we noticed the Q11R (red) model was a little more expensive, at £100 inc vat.
KitGuru says: If you have sensitive ears but still don't want to compromise with your build, then the Q11 offers a very tempting solution for a demanding enthusiast user.