When I first entered this review, I had known of the TU150 from the reports from Computex. However, after getting hands-on time with the TU150, we quickly learn why this chassis exists and that Lian Li put some time into figuring things out to make for a rather hassle-free experience for a tiny build.
During testing the TU150 did not do too bad as we had a measured ambient of 21.6C and an RH of 49%. When testing under full synthetic stress which is quite a bit beyond what normal loading would see, we measured the CPU with a ?T over ambient of 56.4C for the CPU while the GPU topped out at 63C which is barely above where the fans turn on at around 60-61C and the delta T was 39.8. This is easily passible for such a tiny enclosure with only a single 120mm cooler which also serves as the chassis only fan. Should you opt to add to your budget and add even a single extra fan, these thermals would likely improve quite a bit.
Now we look at what we liked about the TU150, and I feel like there are a few things we can mention here. Firstly would be the ball and socket panel attachment which makes assembling and servicing the system a trivial matter. Next would be the recessed handle which virtually fades from existence when not in use as it stores in the roof. The glass panel and the shrouding that comes on it by default are great for hiding bits you likely would not want to see when the build is complete. The top panel removing to expose an area where cables can be hidden is admittedly brilliant and is yet another feather in the cap for this chassis capability.
The TU150 does everything a small box should do, and then some with some of the features mentioned above. The box simply does so many things right that anything I could come up with to complain about would be a mere knit-picking in reality. I mean I guess I could pick on it for being small, but that's what it's designed to be, and it's wide open enough that even with my gargantuan man paws, I was able to build in it easily.
The only thing I can say is that like most brushed aluminum, it collects fingerprints easily, but a quick spray of cleaner and a microfiber rag takes care of it. The only other thing I find as potentially deficient would be lack of filtration on the bottom fan openings as they would likely be used as an intake and that could lead to some dust ingress. The lack of any included fans can leave those less focused on details out in the dark so to speak, as they would be ready to build only to find their case has no intake or exhaust fans included.
The TU150, after everything we have seen, is a solid case for the price point. However, it is worth noting that to get the aggressive price point Lian Li does not include any fans so you will likely want to budget for at least one fan even if using a rear-mounted AIO to get optimal cooling. All in all, it's hard to find a competitor for the TU150 and Lian Li did very well to make it a stout case with many quality of living features that make it tough to beat.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-i (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone SX700-LPT Platinum 700W SFX-L (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
The TU150 has proven a worthy successor to the TU100 and TU200 chassis. Lian Li did a phenomenal job making a tiny box capable of so much. Add a fan a bit more filtering and it could be perfect.