Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini Review - Compact but Impressive 28

Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini Review - Compact but Impressive


Value and Conclusion

  • The Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini has an MSRP of $99 excluding taxes.
  • Very well-priced
  • Unique modular rear panel to make the most of the space when using mATX or ITX motherboards
  • Two clear, clean, and individually removable glass panels
  • Excellent liquid-cooling support and compatibility
  • Can hold large air cooling
  • No GPU restrictions even when filled with radiators
  • Dust filters on all air vents—two on the side, one on top, and one on the floor of the chassis
  • Can hold four storage drives
  • Easy access to 3.5" drives
  • Very clean interior because of well-thought-out interior
  • Available in black or white
  • ATX board is pushing it a little bit
  • Top strip next to aluminium panel is made out of acrylic
Lian Li has managed to really capture the moment with the O11 Dynamic series of enclosures, and with the original variant now being two years old, having spawned an air cooling and XL variant, it was high time for a smaller unit to be presented. That said, Lian Li did not only manage that, but has also improved quite a few things in the process. For example, while the original O11 Dynamic may be used with an air cooler, there are limitations to the size that may be employed. This is no longer an issue with the O11 Dynamic Mini as it easily fits our large tower cooler. This makes the O11 Mini a bit more versatile for both the air and liquid-cooling market segments.

The interior layout has stayed the same, with the ability to install radiators on the floor, the ceiling, and the side of the chassis without sacrificing any tangible hardware compatibility. With the O11 Dynamic Mini, you will also get a modular rear panel to make the most of the free space when using a smaller mATX or ITX board. That said, even with an ATX board did we at no point come across any tangible shortcomings with our hardware. Radiators or fans in the top and ceiling may block the bottom PCIe slots, as well as access to connectors along the edges of the motherboard. However, that is yet again to be expected. Being a bit nit-picky, the only gripe is the use of acrylic in the top as it isn't nearly as scratch resistant as glass or metal, although with the I/O in the ceiling, there is simply no way to have a glass panel with cutouts for it—just imagine the failure rate of a slim piece of glass when attempting to cut holes into it.

What counts is the fact that the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini combines the best of all worlds: a compact size, modular approach for space efficiency, plenty of liquid-cooling potential, and the ability to hold big air cooling. In the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini, for all the right choices when it comes to your preferred hardware, as well as the ability to show everything off as a nicely finished product. Of all the Lian Li O11 Dynamics, the Mini is probably our favorite.
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