Lian Li PC-Q25 Mini-ITX Case Assessment

Over the past decade, I've reviewed countless Lian-Li cases, many full towers, including one that grossed over $ 700. Recently, however, I've been most impressed by the company's cheaper mini-towers.

The Mini Q PC-V354 that we tested about a year ago quickly became my favorite microATX computer case. This model was followed by a mini-ITX version called the PC-Q08, which offered essentially the same features while supporting an even smaller form factor.

Unfortunately, this also meant that the PC-Q08 inherited all of the shortcomings of the PC-V354, so Lian-Li returned to the drawing board to refine the product. The fruit of his labor manifested itself in the PC-Q25, which was announced last August and is considered to be Lian-Li's most advanced mini-ITX offering.

The case offers plenty of space for high-end hardware, including full-length graphics cards like the Radeon HD 6990 or the GeForce GTX 590. In addition to targeting gamers, the case also tries to attract media fans with support for five 3.5-inch hard drives to advertise and some impressive cooling options.

The PC-Q25 has hot-swap connections for fast loading of hard disks, tool-free side panels for faster access and has lost the 5.25-inch optical drive bay. The new addition certainly seems like a more modern case, but it also seems to have a few drawbacks that we'll be working out in a moment …

External design

Like most Lian-Li cases, the PC-Q25 has a very clean and minimalist design. The chassis measures 7.8 "wide, 11" high and 14.4 "deep (199x280x366mm) and weighs 3.1 kg when empty. Although it is slightly longer and taller than the PC-Q08, the reduced Width of the PC-Q25 its place an internal capacity decreased by 4% from 21.3 l to 20.4 l.

On the front is a sleek brushed aluminum bezel that just has a small round power switch and Lian-Li branding. There is no support for optical drives and all types of front panel connectors are absent. While we're happy with the optical support being discontinued, the lack of USB on the front is unusual and a little disappointing.

While the PC-V354 was one of my favorite mATX cases, I resented the fact that you had to loosen eight screws to remove one of the doors (a patient load of 15 screws for both doors). The PC-Q25 solves this problem with its tool-free doors that are easy to release by pulling a small tab on the back of the door – a welcome upgrade to say the least.

Reattaching the door is just as easy and takes a few seconds. The clips hold the doors in place well and we didn't have any problems with the doors dropping when moving the PC-Q25. Both the left and right doors have small intake vents on the right side that are used by the internally mounted fan to draw cool air into the system.

Another large ventilation grille is located under the PC-Q25 and has a dust filter to keep the case and its internal components cleaner for longer. There are also four round feet that raise the case 13 mm from its supporting surface.

From above, the PC-Q25 is almost as simple as the front. The only noticeable detail is the 120 mm fan grille, but it blends in well with the design.

At the back you can see how compact this case is if you look at the motherboard I / O panel slot and power supply bracket. The detachable PSU bracket takes up a lot of space, as does the I / O slot. There are also two vented expansion slots for your two slot graphics card or any other PCI / PCIe expansion device that you use.

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