Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo Review 17

Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo Review

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A Closer Look - Outside

Out of the box, the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo looks quite similar to its predecessor, but several subtle exterior differences hint at the updated capabilities of the interior.

In the front, you still have the glass panel that takes up two-thirds of the area, with an aluminium strip on the right. By default, the I/O panel is on the underside, facing towards the front. It consists of two USB 3.0, a USB Type C, and an audio combo jack. Lian Li also designed a unique power button that wraps around the edge of the case, so you may access it from the front or side of the chassis. You will also find a reset button and the color controls for the embedded ARGB controller here.

The I/O panel may be detached without any tools and re-positioned to the left or right of the chassis, which may prove useful if placing your system next to you on the desk and plugging in your peripherals. One reason you may opt for either the right or left side is that the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo offers an optional reversed motherboard layout.

Looking at the rear, Lian Li optimized it in comparison to the original O11 Dynamic. It now sports plenty of venting all around. While the general layout is the same, the level of engineering is so much more advanced than in the original. The main side of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo is made up of a clean, clear glass window panel, while the opposite metal panel now also sports a fine mesh grid, which means it no longer requires a second layer of mesh dust filters.

In the bottom half of the rear is the ATX PSU bay on the left with its two sets of mounting holes. You may relocate your HDD cage to this spot if flipping the motherboard layout over. The eight horizontal slots are to the right of that, in the visible interior of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo. You may also remove the little cover above the top slot to route anything out the back of the chassis.

In the top, you will find the externally accessible HDD cage in the top-left, above which there now is a grommet-covered opening. It is needed to route the video cables if installing the optional upright GPU bracket kit Lian Li offers for the O11 Dynamic Evo. To the right of that is a mounting position for a 120 mm fan with elongated holes for vertically adjustment.

In the very top, the cover is now split between the one above the general interior and a slim one across the storage and PSU area of the case. A mounting bracket allows for up to three 120 mm fans or a radiator of up to 360 mm in the ceiling.

Looking at the underside, you can clearly see a uniquely shaped, magnetic metal mesh cover that is easily removable for cleaning. While it works well enough, the magnets holding it in place are not quite strong enough, so it kept falling off during our review and assembly process. The I/O cables are routed through a central hole with a cable clamp holding all the wires together nicely. Depending on where the I/O panel is placed around here, you may also have to move the clamp.
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