Back in 2011, I received a chassis that I affectionately called a "nuclear football" or a "sleeper", with a very industrial feel to it when the PC-TU200 was delivered from Lian Li. That design was very compact, but still allowed for things like larger CPU coolers and full sized video cards. Along the line, since that release, there must have been some requests to take what already was pretty compact for what you could fit inside, take it back to the drawing board, and figure out how to make this design even smaller.
There is a point where you can go too far in this way of thinking. With the original, you could slam in a real powerhouse of a build and easily tote it around with the sturdy handle attached to the top panel of the chassis. With the idea to go smaller, you are definitely cutting into things like CPU cooler height restrictions, overall video card length, as well as the amount of room offered for optical or storage drives, as well as even being able to cool the much smaller design. This, however, did not stop Lian Li from producing something, that while slightly specific to workable components, will easily fit into a backpack or even a carry-on bag for you next long distance trip. We have all heard of some of the horror stories about traveling with larger cases, and maybe some of you have seen the images of the damage as I have, but with a design like this, I can say that will never happen with this newest design.
The newest addition to the Lian Li lineup is the PC-TU100, and somehow Lian Li figured out how to almost halve the exterior dimensions, while still leaving a fair amount of room for certain components. As long as you plan ahead with a chassis such as this, even though you are about to see a very compact chassis that needs a few specialized parts to make it all work flawlessly and still be able to deliver chassis that would work perfect for LANs, a trip across town to a buddies, or a flight halfway around the world is possible.
For such a small chassis, there is still a lot going on in the design and feature set, so pay close attention as we continue with the review to see if the PC-TU100 from Lian Li is the right chassis for your needs.