Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Its been just slightly over a year since the last time we took a look at a Lian Li chassis. I guess the question today will be, are they on the right track or is the new Lancool One Digital we are looking at today merely another mid-tower?
Some may be a bit confused as Lian Li has always been a name known to quantify quality and craftsmanship, making cases that are simple in styling but functional. Lian Li hit a bit of a rough patch for a few years where cases coming thru were less than stellar, and today we're going to see if they are knocking it out of the park.
The Lancool One Digital is a compelling case when looking at the surface. It is an ambitious mid-tower with a splash of RGB, tempered glass, and a lot of features that should make for an excellent platform for your build. It can be seen as not just a gamer-centric case but even touching on the enthusiasts as well.
Some of the main features touted by Lian Li for the Lancool One Digital would be of course what makes it digital, the ARGB front panel illumination. Also, the seamless tempered glass main panel which secures from the rear. Type-C connectivity with full USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds and features. Vertical GPU capability and of course, extensive cooling capabilities.
At first glance, I think the magnetic filtration around the case and lots of fan and radiator mounting points hold the most promise for me.
The chassis is the Lancool One Digital, which offers ARGB front panel LED's vs. the regular Lancool One which does not. The chassis comes in at 472mm height, 220mm width, and 450mm depth. This places it firmly into the mid-tower designation.
The supported motherboards are up to E-ATX and down to mATX, although since the mounting of the four main is the same ITX should fit as well even though it's not listed. PSU's well you can install any PSU you feel like as the fitment can run up to 224mm which I don't think I can remember I have seen a PSU at that length.
The largest I have seen is a custom Leadex supply by Superflower rated at 2000W made for XOC and it was just reaching 220mm. So, with that, it's safe to say your PSU or whichever one you plan on installing will fit the Lancool One. HDD support is via a cage with fitment for two 3.5" drives while 2.5" SSD fitment rounds up to four.n
Cooling is quite expansive with triple 120mm or dual 140mm fitting both front and top. The PSU cover is listed to support dual 120mm fans. The rear exhaust fan port also fits up to a 120mm fan. Radiator fitment is all 120mm based with up to 360mm front and top.
Rear supports a single 120mm radiator. Preinstalled fans are two 120mm with one being inlet on the front panel, while the other is in the rear exhaust position at 120mm as well. The preinstalled fans are 3-pin DC style and not PWM. Maximum CPU cooler height is listed as 175mm which means that pretty much any air cooler I have seen to date would fit the Lancool One Digital without issue.
The Lancool One Digital is listed at the time of review at Amazon for $96.38, which is a tough price point to fall into as there are so many compelling cases to compete with. Some of the front runners in my mind would be the NZXT H500i, the Masterbox Lite 5, the Masterbox NR600, and the In Win 101. I'm sure others are depending on what you see as crucial in a case. But either way, Lian Li will have to bring their A-game if they plan to leave with high honors.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Enermax Platimax DF 1050W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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