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Lian Li PC-Q27 Black Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 7:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lian Li

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The PC-Q27 is, as I said, all aluminum in every component of the chassis, besides the front I/O components. This is classified as a mini-tower chassis since it is on 200mm wide, 300mm tall and 240mm deep, and because it can only hold a Mini-ITX motherboard. You can get the chassis in natural brushed aluminum, silver as they call it, but we are going to see the black version today. Along with its compact size comes a lighter chassis as the PC-Q27 weighs in at 2.1 kilograms empty. As for the actual exterior of the chassis, the front offers a removable bay cover at the top, a power button in the middle and the Lian Li name at the bottom. The rest of the front panel is just an expanse of black, anodized, brushed aluminum. Both side panels are the same way. All you can see from the outside is an expanse of aluminum with a few Torx head screws on the sides, and a Phillip's head screws at the top edge right in the center. Out back there is room for the rear I/O dust shield, a PSU next to it, and a single expansion slot at the bottom.


Inside of the chassis, let's start at the front. There you will find the single, removable, 5.25" drive bay at the top. Under that you will see the back of the power button and LEDs in a natural aluminum plate coving the rest of the inside. In that piece of aluminum, Lian Li offers the option to mount one 3.5" or 2.5" drive. The motherboard tray is less of a tray, as it is more just two aluminum bars with standoffs already placed on them. The floor of the chassis has two brackets mounted to it that will allow for another 3.5" drive. I almost forgot, the bottom of the ODD rack also offers room for a single 3.5" drive.


Since the front, sides and top of the chassis are completely closed off when the chassis is assembled, Lian Li does not send a single fan inside of this chassis. There are two reasons for this. If you do want to add a fan, the floor of the chassis does offer a spot for either a 120mm or 140mm fan to be installed, but the HDD brackets need to be removed. The other reason is that there is only room for a single slot video card, so we aren't talking tremendous power in that department, and since the PSU sits right over the CPU on the motherboard, you are supposed to cool the chassis and install the PSU fan facing the CPU cooler. This way the PSU draws air in through the floor, and takes the heat from the CPU out through the back of the power supply.


Looking around for a place where you can buy this chassis, I did find a few locations. Amazon came up blank, and Google shows eBay sales at $74.99 no matter the color choice. I also found them at AVADirect at a higher price, but they are still holding stock. I also found them at Newegg with a list price to match the eBay listings at $74.99, and here you do have to come up with another $7.99 for shipping. eBay is the best deal, but I would pay more from Newegg, as I have no idea about the eBay sellers. For this price, I will say, even though compact, you still get your monies worth with this mini-tower that somehow has all the options.

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