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Lian Li PC-Q25 Mini-Q SFF Chassis Review - Final Thoughts

Lian Li dropped off the Mini-Q for us to see today. Come and take a look at what the PC-Q25 offers Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX users.

| Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 14, 2011 5:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 83%      Manufacturer: Lian Li

Final Thoughts

 

While Blister in the Sun plays in the background, I am pondering how to handle my approach here. On one hand the PC-Q25 did everything I asked and offers a good amount of air flow inside of a very confined foot print. I really appreciate the pop off panels, as it's not only easy to use, but left me gain access in confined spaces, as mine sits inside an entertainment stand. I really like the hot swap feature as it allows me to just add a disc full of movies, music, or images from my main rig right to the system that would play them there. With plenty of room for a small motherboard and many GPU's as long as they are shorter than 320mm in length, you are fine. It seems every angle and image I replay in my head has me liking what I received from Lian Li, even if not perfect. I mean I obviously like it, it's in use in my living room as I type this!

 

On the flip side of things, I am overlooking some downsides. First off, let's address the drive bays. Not only were mine bent and it didn't happen in shipping, the metal used on said racks seemed cheap and thin. Come to think of it, the motherboard tray and this were both thinner than I am used to. The outside, door panels and interior housings for the fans are all very solid in defense of my attack on quality. I would have been willing to maybe gloss over the cheapish interior, but once the LED was found dysfunctional and that leading me to really look at the badly placed Lian Li name plate, I had to say something. I guess the remnants of the cheesy Pringles should have been a tip something wasn't quite right, but as always, I trudged on to bring it to you as I got it and I believe we did just that.

 

I hope this isn't a path that Lian Li continues on and in my experience with them, this is the first I have gotten a chassis from them with damage, or chips! The PC-Q25 as I received it was still worthy of my attention and I put it in use full time for now. Considering that most Lian Li chassis' are going to run you up to $200 or more, it is pleasing to see the pricing where it is. With the miniscule asking price of $119.99 at Newegg.com, I can forgive a few imperfections. I know had I addressed the issues I found with Lian Li, they would have taken care of it, or maybe even sent a whole other case, but that isn't the point really. To me with everything to date I have received from Lian Li, this is sort of a letdown, but the price is just so appealing that I can help turning this around to a win for Lian Li.

 

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