When I first received the Lancool One, I only had the website to go off of, and it looked like a neat cage but seemed like it could fall into the gamer trap of a cheap case with twinkly lights blasting out your retinas. I am happy to say that this is not the case as Lian Li delivered some excellent quality and an RGB effect that does not make me want to chuck it out the nearest window.
The performance did not disappoint as well, as with our testing, we saw similar thermals to our open-air testbench results. The increase going from open air to the Lancool One was around 1-2C over ambient higher than the same setup on an open-air testbench.
The Lancool One ticked a ton of the right boxes; firstly I would say the overall build quality of the chassis inspired confidence the first time I took off the cable management panel and realized there was not any noticeable flex. The RGB, while I am not a standard RGB guy, is nicely done and accents a build well.
It seems like pretty much any area of ventilation has filters or screens to keep the inside as dust free as possible. The tempered glass mounting, while we have seen it before, is welcome as it makes for a real uninterrupted viewing experience. To Top it off the cooling, mounting options are immense and merit a proper full liquid cooled RGB build, so I will indeed have something to complain about.
The Lancool One does not have a lot of things I can complain about. I would like to see a slightly larger opening in the front of the PSU shroud so that thicker radiators can fit. I would like there to be an included adapter cable with the Lancool One to allow direct connection of the ARGB with your motherboard. Via three pin split connectors like most motherboards employ. I think trays for the HDD would likely be more favorable as screw mounting while reliable eliminates the tool-free nature of this case.
At the sub $100 price point even lower at $89.99 on Newegg, the Lancool One Digital is setup to be an excellent choice for a nice build. With a price creeping into the 80 dollar region the quality of materials and overall fit and finish of the Lancool One places it among the top of the stack which is a beautiful thing to see, and I genuinely hope that future Lian Li chassis follows this trend. Lian Li made a seriously nice and reliable case option for those looking for a good quality case that will not break the bank and even has a little pretty built in.
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)
The Bottom Line
The Lancool One Digital brings excellent Lian Li quality with a feature set that is truly tough to beat at this price point. And yes, it has RGB even I would use.
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