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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-Q15B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Case - No Internal Connector for USB 3.0 06/16/2012

This review is from: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-Q15B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: This is an outstanding case! It has very high quality materials, fit and finish as one would expect for a high end case. No sharp edges, and everything aligns perfectly. No warped panels.
Excellent airflow from the 120mm front fan keeps everything cool and quiet even under heavy CPU load. The lack of side vents ensures that the cool air actually gets back where you need it instead of ducking out the side. You can install a card and worry about blocking airflow.
Excellent CPU cooler clearance for a mini-ITX case gives you more cooling options than many competitors' cases.
The 2.5" HDD bracket is easily removed if you don't need to use it.

Cons: The cables for the front USB 3.0 ports do not have the 20-pin connector, as shown in the images on the Lian Li website, and no adapter is included. That's inexcusable on a high end case! NewEgg's own images accurately show the two female USB connectors that are used, so I can't fault them, though it would be nice if they carried the adapter from Lian Li. This and the overall price are the reasons I deducted an egg.
The power switch, power LED and HDD wires have separate plugs rather than using a single, standard 10 pin connector. There is no reset switch.
The combination Power/HDD LED is a little bright and can be distracting for an HTPC. You may not want to connect them. Maybe that's why they elected to use separate connectors. When rapidly switching between blue and red (power and HDD activity) the combo LED can appear purple, similar to what you might see on vintage cars that have a blue insert on their brake lights.

Other Thoughts: This was bar far the easiest mini-ITX assembly I have ever done, though you may want to connect the ODD cables before sliding the drive all the way back. Otherwise, my assembly was easier than many mATX cases.
In case you were wondering, the wheels don't roll, but they will scratch your table surface if you slide the case around.

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