Thursday, April 18th 2013

Lian Li Announces Two New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

Lian-Li Industrial Co., Ltd. today announces two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. These two compact cases feature Lian Li's new railing mount motherboard tray design, and allow for the Mini-ITX platform to be combined with traditional full-sized components.

In addition to the new motherboard tray, both of Lian Li's new Mini-ITX chassis have a new side panel removal design. After removing a single screw, the side panel easily slides off with minimal effort.

PC-Q27
The PC-Q27 is an ideal chassis for a small form factor office PC, HTPC, or gaming rig. With dimensions of (WxHxD) 200mm x 300mm x 240mm (7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4")), the PC-Q27 is slightly taller than its predecessor, the PC-Q07, thanks to the front and rear feet stands raising the case off the ground. The PC-Q27 is also as wider and deeper allowing for longer graphics cards, up to 195mm (7.6"), to fit.

Up to three 3.5" hard drives can fit inside the PC-Q27 with one of the 3.5" drives using the 5.25" drive bay space. For builders wanting to take advantage of the high speeds of solid state drives (SSDs), a single 2.5" drive can be installed on the bottom of the chassis. One more SSD can be installed in place of a 3.5" drive on the front HDD cage.

The PC-Q27 features passive cooling design, due to less heat generation from Mini-ITX systems. Significant ventilation along the bottom and rear of the chassis keeps the internal components cool. For users who do want additional cooling, a 120mm fan can be installed on the bottom of the PC-Q27 once the bottom hard drive cage is taken out.

The front of the PC-Q27 features the elegant brushed aluminum look that Lian Li is known for. The only non-aluminum part of the front is the dual LED illuminated power button that glows blue when on and red while loading. The I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports is located on the right side of the front of the chassis so not to interrupt the elegant aesthetics.

PC-Q28
The update of the PC-Q18, the PC-Q28 is the ideal gaming, LAN or home server chassis. The PC-Q28 can hold graphics cards up to 290mm (11.4") in length as well seven hard drives (in multiple 3.5" and 2.5" setup variations).

For DIY builders who like to tweak and modify the internals of cases, both of the PC-Q28's hard drive cages are removable with a few twists of thumbscrews and screws. This gives an internal blank compartment for modding enthusiasts.

The PC-Q28, with dimension of (WxHxD) 227mm x 305mm x 345mm (8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5"), sits up off the ground thanks to its front and rear feet stands much like like the PC-Q27. This is especially important since the Lian Li PC-Q28 does not have visible front ventilation. Instead, the front 140mm fan pulls in air from a vent on the bottom of the chassis, which reduces system noise, while providing effective cooling. The dust filter over the vent prevents dust from coming in. For expelling hot air out of the chassis, there is a top 120mm fan.

Also, similar to the PC-Q27, the front of the PC-Q28 features the elegant brushed aluminum look that Lian Li is known for, with a dual LED illuminated power button. Two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections are located on the right side of the front of the chassis.

Price and Availability
The PC-Q27 and PC-Q28 will be available in May in the USA for the suggested retail price of $78.99 and $118.99 respectively.

For more information, visit the product pages of PC-Q27 and PC-Q28.
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9 Comments on Lian Li Announces Two New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

#1
MadMan007
One external PCI slot on the PC-Q27 whyyyyyyyyyyyyy. There's clearly space for a second expansion slot, you just wouldn't be able to use the bottom drive mounts with a dual slot card.
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#2
Th3pwn3r
Without a doubt some good looking cases, still, I'd prefer there were some type of ventilation on the side panels of these cases.
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#3
Jizzler
Not bad... but would love to see a Q27 with a chopped top (get rid of the 5.25") and of course, double PCI slots. Til then the Q25 is still my favorite, even though you need to drill out the rivets to remove the hard drive bay.
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MadMan007
by: Jizzler
Not bad... but would love to see a Q27 with a chopped top (get rid of the 5.25") and of course, double PCI slots. Til then the Q25 is still my favorite, even though you need to drill out the rivets to remove the hard drive bay.
There are already cases close enough to that from Lian Li. (PC-Q03 and PC-Q02, they have a slim optical drive bay) Other manufacturers have cube-style ITX cases that have no bays. Some of still actually use optical drives and being able to use a 5.25" optical drive is much nicer than using slim or external drives, besides which it can be put to other uses if you don't want to use an optical drive.
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Jizzler
by: MadMan007
There are already cases close enough to that from Lian Li. (PC-Q03 and PC-Q02, they have a slim optical drive bay) Other manufacturers have cube-style ITX cases that have no bays. Some of still actually use optical drives and being able to use a 5.25" optical drive is much nicer than using slim or external drives, besides which it can be put to other uses if you don't want to use an optical drive.
Nope, not close enough for me. The very existence of the Q25 means I don't have to compromise on things like having a 5.25" or slim bay :)
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MadMan007
by: Jizzler
Nope, not close enough for me. The very existence of the Q25 means I don't have to compromise on things like having a 5.25" or slim bay :)
And the existence of these cases mean I don't have to compromise by going completely without an optical drive bay. Well, that wouldn't even be a compromise, it would be a basic functional dealbreaker, not an aesthetic one. You can not use a bay or repurpose it a lot easier than you can add it.
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#8
dwade
I'll take one without the legacy optical drive bay. Make it happen Lian-Li.
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#9
terrastrife
So they took the Q08 and made it worse... say hello to the Q28 :
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