Small is beautiful. The LIAN LI Mini-Q PC-Q18 is a great chassis for those looking to build Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC that combines compactness, strength and style. Sleek aluminum construction with curved edge smoothly fits into your TV cabinet and complements your house decoration. Two 140mm fans with abundance of vent holes ensure efficient heat dissipation. Inside the chassis, you’ll find easy to access space for Mini ITX motherboard and discrete VGA card at up to 340mm in length. A removable HDD Trak along with a HDD cage, supporting both 2.5” and 3.5” HDD, enables flexible drive configuration that adapts to your need. Two USB 3.0 connectors are built on the front panel for easy integration with the latest transfer technology.
Good overall but some minor gripes
Pros: Very attractive. Very easy to work with. USB 3.0 front panel. Quiet fans. Nice hard drive mounting system. Includes optical drive bezel. SATA backplane for 4 hot-plug hard drives.
Cons: Minor gripes:
Other Thoughts: This is my fourth Lian-Li case over the past 10 years. I think this one is the best looking, but I think they could have put some more thought into the layout and cable management. I recommend purchasing four 12" SATA cables with right angle connectors on one end for the backplane, and a 6" SATA cable for the optical drive. I also recommend purchasing the PT-FN01 fan controller, unless you have a motherboard with two case fan headers. Otherwise you have to plug at least one of them directly into the PSU which doesn't allow you to set the speed.
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Pros: Needed a case for a mini-ITX motherboard. Decided on the ASRock z77E-ITX. Quality aluminum and steel construction. Liked the fact that this case was able to enclose a full size GTX 670 graphics card and full size ATX power supply.
Cons: none so far
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