Lian Li TU150 Mini-ITX Chassis
The front of the TU150 is a blank slate of brushed metal, and it creates an immaculate feel for the chassis. The lower section of the front panel has a Lian Li chrome logo in place. Toward each edge, we can see some of the mesh ventilation openings allowing air to enter the front of the chassis.
The top of the chassis is absent of any ventilation as it is structural to support the handle and the ability to carry the entire loaded system from the top with the handle as mentioned earlier. We can also spy the front panel connectivity, which we will look at shortly. As you can see here, the handle is fully recessed and flush with the top panel when not in use.
Here we see the handle raised which enables full carrying capability of your tiny rig. This handle even with the system fully loaded, feels stable and does not feel flimsy at all, I would feel entirely safe trusting this handle to carry my system.
The front panel is upfront, as observed previously. As we can see, it is slightly recessed as the top panel can pull off and we will explore that later in the review.
The connectivity is as follows:
- Power Button
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Connector
- Dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A connectors
- Dual 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks
- Reset button
One thing to note, there is no power or HDD LED in the TU150. The included I/O readily beats the H210i we looked at just recently as it fully utilizes the onboard ports that it has plugs for.
The main chassis panel is tempered glass which is beautiful and what's even better is it is internally masked. The internal blackout portion at the top right and across the top hides the PSU and the area above the motherboard. This might not seem like much but based on how you have to mount the PSU if this were not covered, it would likely be not nearly as appealing of design when built. If you look toward the front panel, we get a better view of the mesh ventilation on the front panel.
The rear of the TU150 is similar to most chassis with some notable exceptions. The Motherboard I/O while being lower from the top is all standard with an adjacent 120mm fan mount. Below that we have triple-expansion slot covers which have a sliding plate to cover the cards mounting once it is seated, the expansion slots are accessible externally to give a bit more room in the chassis. The top is where things get interesting as the TU150 employs a PSU plug port and an internal cable lead to connect to the internally mounted SFX PSU.
The rear panel which is usually the cable management panel is next and is the same brushed metal appearance that we have seen elsewhere on the TU150 exterior. The top left, however, had some conspicuous mesh opening which I quickly resolved is to ensure exhaust from the SFX/SFX-L PSU can get out and not be trapped in the main chassis chamber.
The bottom of the TU150 has four round plastic feet with rubber pads attached. The base also has the slotted 120mm dual-fan mounting which while I would love to say it could fit an AIO I don't think with any GPU in place this would be possible. Therefore the bottom is a fans-only affair.