Lian Li PC-Q28 Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower PC Case Review
By Steven Iglesias-Hearst
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.
|Case Type||Mini Tower Chassis|
|Front bezel 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. )
|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)|
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.
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)
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.