Lancool II Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the Lancool II is a metal-clad to a plastic lower plate, which snaps into the chassis. The panel has a lower applique, which is adorned with the Lian Li name. The two vents running up each of the angled sides are ARG backlit and filtered inlets for the front fan locations.
Moving up top, we find a magnetic filter for the top cooling mounting. This filter is a harder material, which, as you can see, can get slightly bent while handling as this one arrived with the dip in the mid-section. This is typically repaired easily by just flattening it out with your finger from the opposing side. Upfront, we have the I/O in the standard position, which we will look at next.
The I/O is up front running across the top of the Lancool II. The I/O is comprised of the following:
- C buttom for changing static color of LEDs
- M button for changing mode on LEDs
- Reset button (flush mounted)
- Power button with integrated power LED surround
- Microphone and headphone combination 3.5mm jack
- 2x USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports
- Rubber plug (Blocking Type-C oval cutout)
The I/O is pretty solid, but I do wish that Lian li had omitted the rubber plug in favor of a plastic filler coming through from the bottom. The issue here is that the rubber plug will come out easily and likely be lost, leaving a Type-C port shaped hole in your front panel. There are better ways to do this in 2019. The front panel controls are helpful for the integrated lighting as well, but I think most will sync this to their board and not change it much. The 3.5mm combo jack assumes you have a single plug for your gaming headset; otherwise, you will be buying an adapter separately or plugging into the motherboard I/O.
Here we get our first clear look at the primary side panel. One thing you will notice right away is it's about a 70/30 split, with the main glass panel being the major part. The main panel swings open from the front and most easily opens by first flipping down the lower panel. Once the lower panel is flipped downward, you can pull from the bottom front of the glass, and it will swing toward the rear. The main panel glass is tempered and dark smoked, but we can still somewhat make out the internal cable management pass-through and the CPU cutout. The lower panel is metal and has a long angular shallow indentation. The indent has ventilation across the top, which may passively help eliminate heat but overall should be considered decorative.
The rear of the Lancool II is all metal and a fairly standard layout. One thing you may notice is that the gap between the rear cable management panel and the start of the I/O shield cutout seems a bit large, and it is. The gap means there is some serious room for cable management, which is always a good sign. The layout is all standard with the rear fan, which is occupied by a pre-installed 120mm fan is slotted to allow vertical adjustment of the position of the fan should you need a slight move. There are seven total expansion slots, all with ventilated covers. Adjacent to the slots is the slotted ventilation screen, which allows air to escape out of the rear of the chassis in a positive pressure airflow scenario.
The cable management side of the Lancool II has the same split with the top main panel being dark tempered glass while the bottom is a fold-down tray hiding the lower PSU and HDD chamber. The Lancool II has cable management covers, which we will look at during the teardown, but keep those in mind as they will be essential, and you can see them here somewhat through the glass.
The bottom of the Lancool II is all metal, except for the four rectangular, angular pedestals that are the feet. The feet are capped off with rubber pads on all four corners to minimize the skidding of the chassis on a smooth surface. The front panel bottom we see that there is a cutout almost like a grab area to help with pulling the front panel off. There are several tapped holes visible from the bottom at the top left edge; these are for moving the HDD cage along its adjustment range. Lastly, towards the rear, we have a large removable and cleanable dust filter. This filter helps minimize dust ingestion by your PSU.
Pulling the PSU filter, we find the PSU air inlet opening to be sizeable and easily able to feed the fan on pretty much and consumer-available power supply we have seen. The filter removes from the rear and can be brushed and even washed clean as needed.
Last updated: Nov 21, 2019 at 10:57 am CST