Looking this from just a features perspective, the PC-Q36 offers a great set to consider. While there are quite a few solutions out there that will house a Mini-ITX motherboard in similar space constraints, looking past the obvious, Lian Li really starts to stand out. Of course, all similar solutions offer removable storage, but that list narrows with just the mention of a removable motherboard tray. Continuing on this path, while most similar solutions allow access from the sides, Lian Li is the only company that has made a chassis that will completely disassemble into all of its major components.
Even if you don't want to take things quite that far for your next build, allowing all of the panels to be removable (including the back panel that we did not remove), and leaving just the vertical supports to deal with, makes installation simple, easy, and a lot less frustrating than most others. To put the cherry on top of this whole plan, the 5mm thick acrylic top graces this design, and affords some really nice views of the hardware inside. How many other cases can you recall off the top of your head that offer all of this, at any price?
We only really have three "issues" to discuss. First, Lian Li needs to fix the chart, as there is no front fan support in this design. Secondly, we did have an issue with the front I/O wiring. Even when trying to flip the drives, we found the HDDs would still press against the wiring. This sort of forced where the wiring went, and with such little room there once filled with drives, we would have had little choice than to leave the bulk of the wiring visible.
Then we ran into the tradeoff. We wanted to use an AIO to show off the capabilities of this design, but in doing so, we lost room for any form of a video card. We tried flipping sides, but found the offset pushed the radiator into the rear fan. This is where flipping the doors to the opposite side comes in handy. Doing so would allow for clearance of the AIO on the right, and still allows a video card to fit. The last bit is concerning your choice of power supply. We used a power supply made specifically to be compact and fit in such cases, but we quickly ran out of space. If you have plans to fit something longer into this chassis, be prepared to have to lose the drive rack.
Since all of our "issues" could be worked around pretty simply, after reading this, with careful planning and parts selection, you should not run into the stumbling blocks we have pointed out. When completed correctly, this Lian Li PC-Q36 is one stellar looking chassis. The views afforded of the interior are above average. Also, with all of that brushed aluminum, and knowing how well every bit of this chassis is designed, even if there is no availability at the moment, and they are asking near double the price of the Prodigy, we feel that the PC-Q36 mini-tower chassis is well worth its price. The Lian Li PC-Q36 blurs the line between superb chassis design, and a work of art, or even a display case for all the hardware inside of it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Lian Li PC-Q36 Mini-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the PC-Q36]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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