Lian-Li 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.
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. The PC-Q27 will be available in May in the United States for the suggested retail price of $78.99.
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. The PC-Q28 will be available in May for the suggested retail price of $118.99.