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Lian Li PC-TU100 B Mini-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Lian Li

Final Thoughts


There are quite a few things I like about the PC-TU100. The aim from Lian Li was to make the smallest chassis they possibly could, while giving that same customer a rugged, yet sleek and industrial looking bit of kit to take with them anywhere you can fit your back pack.


In fact, if you don't want to bungee strap this thing to the bike, just throw it inside whatever bags you happen to be taking with you on your trip. The handle is very sturdy, and even fully loaded, I would have no issues running and putting stress to it in a way that I think a normal human could break it or strip the screws out. I liked the aspect of going from something like the 900D and going right into this as my next chassis review - it was a complete change of pace, and an outright flip of extreme ends of what buyers out there may want. The last bit that I liked, but it has its drawbacks too, was the 34 dB sound levels that were produced inside of this chassis, but the components do suffer a bit.


That brings me to the things I didn't like or found somewhat lacking. Also keep in mind I am looking at this now as a specific-needs buyer that is in dire need of a small chassis to tote around. The single 140mm fan I don't think is enough to keep much more demanding systems than mine. I did run the Atom with the passive cooler, but I was also running the PSU as a chassis exhaust, and the thermal results were on the high-end of any SFF chassis that I have tested. The limitations are a huge factor when thinking about this chassis, and in this instance, I say you need to plan the build to fit the chassis, and not the other way around. No 3.5" drive bays may stifle some, but there is room for three 2.5" drives. There aren't a lot of great air coolers out there less than 60mm in height, but an AIO cooler is an option, if you don't need a video card added in. That brings me to the last issue, and that is in the quest to make the smallest chassis they could, Lian Li shoehorns themselves into only the smallest of video cards.


I do feel that in the end there is a great mix of compact size, even if limited to specific choices of components all the way around, but as long as you really think things through, you could make a very comprehensive computer to take for business or pleasure. At $110 I am left thinking that most of the cost is in the material costs and assembly, but even then that is stretching my acceptance to want to buy the chassis. If the $140 pricing that Newegg is currently showing is what you will have to pay, I will just end it with this. The BitFenix Prodigy, many of the cases in the Silverstone lineup, even other Lian Li offerings are much better for the gamer on the go, or the guy who just likes the challenge of packing 20 pound of components into a box that should only hold 10 pounds, I think you are better off with other offerings.


However, for the guy on the go with no real gaming requirements, things are strictly business and emails, maybe some Facebook gaming, then sure, this is definitely a case worth seriously considering. If you have the need to travel everywhere with your own PC, the PC-TU100 may trip up security at the airport, but this case will ride above your head in the plane of your carry-on luggage, if that's what you want.



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