Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Not too long ago, we took a look at a chassis in the Lancool series by Lian Li. That unit was the Lancool One Digital, and it did quite well with an appealing RGB illumination aesthetic along with overall reliable build quality. Today, we have the next iteration in the Lancool family with the Lancool II. This chassis looks to improve on build compatibility and of course, RGB to ensure aesthetics are on point for what users would expect.
The Lancool series has always been for the gamer who wants a capable chassis along with some unique gamer-centric aesthetics. This does mean that in many cases, a Lancool chassis may be a bit more on the aggressive side and not always well suited for a business or HTPC environment, but at the end of the day, their target audience is in the name. Lancool is targeted for those who want a pretty and functional PC case.
Some of the key features of the new Lancool II are as follows:
- Flip panels and shrouds
- ARGB front panel illumination
- Cable management covers
- Flexible cable management bar
- Versatile cooling fitment
- Optional accessories
The case is just now launching, so Lian Li did not have a real marketing list of talking points for the Lancool II so, I improvised my own set of highlight features I see for the chassis. The flip panels and shrouds are cool, as you will see in the review. The glass panels flip open and pivot on hinges while being removable. The front panel ARGB implementation gives a beautiful aesthetic while being easy to work with using a cable-less front panel connection. The rear cable management covers will likely garner some praise from all levels of builders as you can hide and cable mess from view.
The cable management vertical bar is similar to the one the PC011D XL had, which allows it to be flipped to fit wider EATX motherboards. The versatile cooling fitment is about the variations of fan and radiator placements enabled by the Lancool II design, which can make builds more straightforward and more flexible for component fitment. The optional accessories, we received most of them and will take a look at them before equipping them within the chassis.
The Lancool II measures in at 494mm tall, 478mm deep, and 229mm wide. The Lancool II is a mid-tower by common understanding, but it is not the smallest mid-tower.
Motherboard fitment is from EATX down to ITX. In standard configuration, full ATX boards will fit just fine. Still, the cable management vertical bar can be rotated to fit even wider EATX boards if needed to ensure cables can still be tucked away while running a larger enthusiast board. The Lancool II can fit ATX power supplies with a maximum length of 210mm. This does mean that the Lancool II can fit virtually any PSU in the lower chamber, keep in mind that an extensively long PSU can tighten up clearance for front mount radiators and HDD cages. The PSU is housed under a PSU shroud to hide away the PSU and excess cabling within. HDD and SSD fitment are as follows. 3.5" drives can fit up to three; those same 3.5" trays can fit 2.5" drives as well. 2.5" fitment is four, while if you choose to use the 3.5" trays, you can go for up to seven 2.5" drives.
Cooling fitment is something interesting for the Lancool II. For CPU air coolers, you can fit up to a 176mm cooler in place. This will fit many of the great top-end coolers on the market so that the width of the chassis is paying off here. For liquid cooling we can fit radiators in the front and top, the top fits up to a 240mm radiator. The front can fit up to a 3360mm radiator or 280mm for 140mm based cooling. The pre-installed fans are all 3-pin type, with one being in the front for intake and one at the top and rear for exhaust. The top radiator mounting is optional between the center mount and offsets outward mounting to allow component clearance. This will likely be an excellent choice to ensure even tall RGB RAM sticks can fit with top-mounted cooling. The total fan fitment is up to eight pcs as you can fit dual fans on top of the PSU shroud as well should you find the need for such things.
The Lancool II should be showing up shortly after the time of this review. The MSRP for the Lancool II is $89.99 for the black version and five dollars more for white at $94.99. This places the Lancool II in an aggressive part of the market as mid towers with tempered glass and RGB at the $90 - $100 price point is tight. Similar competitors in the space would be the Meshify C from Fractal Design at $89.99, The Enthoo Pro M SE from Phanteks at $97.99, and the Eclipse P400A from Phanteks as well. There are several others, but these share some features that the Lancool II has at a similar price point.
The feature set on the Lancool II on paper is robust, but Lian Li better pull off some excellent build quality and useful features if they want to earn a recommendation for your hard-earned buck.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (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 Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)