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Lian Li PC-Q28 Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower PC Case Review

By Steven Iglesias-Hearst

Manufacturer: Lian Li Industrial Co., LTD.
Product Name: PC-Q28 Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower PC Case
Model Number: PC-Q28B
UPC: 840353006133 / 4718466005342
Price As Tested: $114.99 (NewEgg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Lian Li.

Since this is my first venture into building a system inside an M-ITX PC case I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I started out. I had certain expectations of the Lian Li PC-Q28; I knew it would take a full size ATX PSU (up to 17cm) and double slot video cards (up to 29cm long). The Lian Li PC-Q28 PC case, while small, has a large internal volume and will make for an excellent enthusiast M-ITX case with a few tweaks and mods. In this article Benchmark Reviews will hopefully provide answers to all of the questions you may have regarding the capabilities of the Lian-Li PC-Q28 Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower PC Case (model PC-Q28B), and more that you may have not considered.

It’s purpose as standard would best be suited as a mid to high power gaming PC with plenty of storage capacity. It will house up to six 3.5 inch HDD’s and one 2.5 inch SSD or four 3.5 inch HDD’s and three 2.5 inch SSD’s depending on your own preference. There is also a full size 5.25 inch ODD bay which can be re-purposed for a fan controller or single bay reservoir. As I stated in my intro, there is so much more to this case. The chassis is held together with screws rather than rivets which makes for easy dismantling  and reconstructing for the purpose of modding or painting.

Lian_Li_PC-Q28_M-ITX_PC_Case_Box_Angle

Specifications

Model PC-Q28
Case Type Mini Tower Chassis
Dimensions (W) 227mm
(H) 305mm
(D) 345mm
Color Black
Silver
Front bezel Material Aluminum
Side Panel Aluminum
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 3.2 kg
5.25″ drive bay (External) 1
3.5″ drive bay (External) None
HDD bay 3.5-Inch HDD x4 / 2.5-Inch HDD x1
3.5-Inch HDD x2 or 2.5-Inch HDD x2 ( It depends on the type of video card you use. )
Expansion Slot 2
Motherboard Mini-ITX
Mini-DTX
System Fan (Front) 140mm Fan x1
System Fan (Top) 120mm Fan x1
I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2 / HD Audio
PSU USB 3.0 x 2 / ATX PSU (Optional)
Maximum Compatibility VGA Card length: 290mm
PSU length: 170mm
CPU cooler height: 100mm
PSU ATX PSU (Optional)
Package Dimensions (W)274mm
(H)399mm
(D) 359mm
Gross Weight 3.7KG

Features

Air Flow

PC-Q28 thermal solution, one 140mm fan in the front input cold air into the system,the 120mm fan on the top and the PSU’s fan bring the hot air out.

New side panel installation design

Simple entry, just push up to release the side panel, and push down on the side panel for closing.

Space

PC-Q28 can hold up to four 3.5″ HDD and a 2.5″ SSD in the HDD cage.The HDD cage can be removed without tools.

Drive rack in the bottom of the chassis, where you can mount two 3.5″ drives. It also support two 2.5″ drives or a 3.5″ and a 2.5″ drives. (The HDD height will affect the expansion card installation space)

Compatibility

VGA Card length: 290mm – PSU Space: 170mm – CPU Cooler height: 100mm

Dual LED Power Switch

(Blue LED for Power on / Purple LED for HDD reading)

Multi-media I/O ports

USB3.0 / HD Audio.


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1 comment

  1. NeoV

    PC-Q28 is the best case I ever had :-)
    http://goo.gl/Aw5gou
    By removing distubing perforations in rear and side panels (in opposite to PC-Q08) it provides ideal airflow in combination with fanless PSU

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