Lian Li PC-Q07
The first tower-design system case from Lian Li to be discussed in this review is not appropriate for high-performance PC configurations as it is not long enough to accommodate a fast graphics card. Besides, it only has one expansion slot bracket in its back. The lack of active cooling raises our doubts about its ability to cool advanced and hot components.
We wouldn’t call it really compact, though. It is comparable to many micro-ATX products in its width and height but only differs in its much smaller length. This is the natural outcome of being compatible with widely available standard PC components, though.
The PC-Q07 looks very serious with its rough black aluminum case that lacks any decorations. The single exception is the original disk and power indicators that highlight the Power and Reset buttons.
We could only check out the disk indicator, which is under the Reset button, because the system case only allows to connect its power indicator via a 3-pin connector whereas our mainboard has a 2-pin power LED connector.
The PC-Q07 stands on cheap-looking feet of hard plastic.
There is a minimum of accessories included with this product: some fasteners, a self-adhesive loop for cables, and a single plastic strap. As opposed to the Chenbro products, we’ve got a printed user manual here.
The interior design is extremely simple. However, it is also practical except for a few small, yet annoying, shortcomings.
The chassis is reinforced with the aluminum pieces at the back panel. When assembled, the PC-Q07 is indeed very robust (it has six screws per each panel!) but its carcass wobbles under your hand if the side panels are removed.
Your optical drive goes into the single 5.25-inch bay and is secured in it with ordinary screws, simple and reliable. You have to align the drive yourself as there are no fixed mounting holes in the bay. The holes you can see in the photo only serve to fasten the faceplate.
Take note that you should connect power and interface cables to your optical drive prior to securing it in its bay. Otherwise, it may be hard to reach into the small gap left between the back panel of the chassis and the back of the drive.