Image: Lian Li

Lian Li has published its 2021 Digital Expo 2.0 event. Available to watch on Lian Li’s official YouTube channel, the three-part series provides details on a few of the manufacturer’s upcoming PC cases and fan products. These include the LANCOOL III, a brand-new prototype case that features hinged glass side panels and shroud panels that extend around the front of the case for easier opening and closing, and the Q58, a small form factor case that offers impressive modularity, radiator support, and cooling performance. Lian Li also shared information on another prototype called the UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY, a version of the SL120 modular fan with infinity mirrors.

UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY

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The first prototype is a new addition to the interlocking and daisy-chainable LIAN LI fans, the UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY. Designed around a similar frame as the original SL120, the INFINITY offers a redesigned look with infinity mirrors in each corner of the fan, both front and back. The front center of the fan also features an infinity mirror, while the back center includes an LED back-lit LIAN LI logo.

LANCOOL III

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The new LANCOOL III features hinged glass side panels and shroud panels that extend around the front of the case for easier opening and closing. The front and top panels feature fine mesh for optimal airflow. A modular front IO can easily be relocated to the bottom of the front panel. Inside the case, the top and shroud brackets are now removable and modular to simplify the installation of fans and radiators. Inside the PSU shroud, an additional HDD cage on tracks has been added. The LANCOOL III supports motherboards from Mini-ITX to EATX, graphics cards up to 397mm, power supplies under 200mm, tower CPU coolers up to 176mm tall, up to 10x 120mm fans or 4x 140 and 1x120mm fan, and up to 6x 2.5” hard drives or 4x 3.5” and 2x 2.5”.

Q58

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The Q58 is a small form factor case that offers impressive modularity, radiator support, and cooling performance. Several improvements have been made that benefit both the aesthetic and the functionality of the case, including swappable/reversible mesh and glass panels. The revised design of the case allows for support for SFX and ATX power supplies, now without moving the motherboard tray, allowing for triple-slot GPUs to remain compatible in either configuration. In addition, the front panel audio cable is now longer by 50mm for compatibility with more motherboards.

O11 AIR MINI

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The O11 AIR MINI is a compact workstation case with a fully meshed front panel, and a meshed top and right-side panel for strong air-cooling performance. With a footprint of 400mm in depth and 288mm in width, the O11 AIR MINI supports full ATX power supplies, motherboards from Mini-ITX to E-ATX, and storage up to 6x 2.5” drives or 4x 3.5” plus 2x 2.5” drives.

A4-H20 – LIAN LI x DAN Case Collaboration

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The A4-H20 is an all-aluminum small form factor case designed in collaboration with DAN Case. The overall appearance of the A4-H2O has been refreshed, following sharper edges and carrying a new style on its own, with front panel IOs and the power button moved to the left side of the case. A slight revision in size allows the A4-H2O to support a single SSD mounted at the bottom of the case, triple-slot GPUs up to 321mm in length, and a 240 AIO with a newly integrated removable radiator mounting bracket.

O11D EVO

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The O11D EVO is a fully reversible case with redesigned top and right side mesh panels. Many features have been improved, such as a new latch to release the toolless radiator bracket beside the motherboard, a revised cable management bar for support of 2 SSDs, and stronger clips to hold the top and bottom radiator/fan mounting brackets, with new bar accessories to transform them into HDD/SSD trays. In addition, the design to make the O11D EVO fully reversible is complete, with an IO module that can be swiftly relocated from the front to the side. German overclocker Der8auer reviews the updated O11D EVO.

V3000+

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The V3000+ is a modern-style case that offers dual system support, multiple motherboard orientations, up to 20 hard drives, and a wide array of radiator and fan configurations. It now includes easily removable front and top panels to unblock full mesh panels and new buttons to open the side panels. Inside the case, hard drive support has been revisited and the 10 HDD bays are now split into 5 separately removable bays, and the shroud area now features 2 drive bays on tracks to accommodate mounting up to 8 more HDD/SSDs. Well-known water-cooled PC builder GGF Events takes a deep dive at the new V3000+.

In this 3-part series, LIAN LI unveils 2 prototypes with the UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY, and LANCOOL III, and gives detailed updates on 5 upcoming products: Q58, O11 AIR MINI, and A4-H2O, with special guests Der8auer and GGF Events covering the changes made to the O11D EVO and V3000+.

Source: Lian Li

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3 Comments

  1. I still like LL cases – almost all my builds use them.

    But I’ve definitely noticed they’ve started to become hit or miss.

    Case in point: I built a rig with a Lancool 2 back in December. It was a nice case. Very similar layout to the one in the picture above – if not identical. And just before that, a Rosewill Cullinan V500 that was pretty much the same thing – probably came off the same assembly line.

    Not aluminum, but high quality, nice tight fit on everything, nice hinges and fasteners on everything, magnetic latches, dust screens, etc.

    So my latest build last week I put together my newest computer in a Lancool 215. Supposedly just a bit shorter than the Lancool 2, I was expecting similar build quality. It wasn’t even close, unfortunately. It felt more like what I would expect out of Rosewill or any of the cheap knockoff brands – stamped metal, kinda loose fit everywhere, anemic fans, etc. Despite being a Lancool named case, it wasn’t anywhere close the the 2, or the Cullinan for that matter. The only thing that felt “premium” about it was that they threw in 2 velcro ties for cable management.

    The 215 isn’t a horrible case, and the price wasn’t outrageous, but it wasn’t what I had come to expect from Lian Li as a premium brand.

    I had one other similar experience with another midtower case about 5 years ago, PC-K5X. I thought I had bought a counterfeit case at the time, it was that poor – the side panels were so poorly stamped you have to bang on them to get them to latch in.

  2. After the son took over CEO spot, they really scaled back on designs. No longer making limited edition type of cases, and not using all aluminum in their builds. And for that, I haven’t bought a Lian Li case for 10 years. I still have a couple, and one I use as my HTPC case. But nothing new. I hope to change that soon.

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