Lian Li shares prototype Mini-ITX chassis with hinged access panel

By Shawn Knight
Aug 26, 2013
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  1. Premium case make Lian li recently posted photos and specifications of a prototype Mini-ITX chassis known as the PC-Q33 in an effort to gauge feedback. The chassis is unique in that it features a hinged top / front panel that...

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Before my Prodigy case (which I'm supposed to put a work log up one day), I would have killed to have such a feature, though the design of the PC-Q08 even heavily modified would not have played nice.
  3. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    I'd really like to see what they could do with a decent tfx power supply.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    I think I'll stick with standard cases and optical drives. I'm not really ready to have a case manufacturer herd me toward "Amazon Instant Video", or any other such ripoff.

    Speaking of cases, why doesn't somebody make one in the shape of a Redbox Kiosk? Now that would be kitschy for a home theater PC.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I would rather have the following made into a case than a Redbox Kiosk (large enough to be a server rack). Who knows you might can still cook a hotdog on the CPU cooler. lol

    Retro Style Hot Dog Steamer CuiZen ST-1412
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    Ooooo, and it comes with an "Iron Egg Guarantee"! One can only pause to wonder why with such powerful backing, they didn't choose the plural and call the warranty, "Iron Eggs"....;)
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  7. ceh4702

    ceh4702 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I don't like the giant power supply approach to computer cases. Since I don't game why not a case with Thin Mini-ITX in mind. Still I don't want something so small it is a toy. I have seen some cases that are thin but they look too wide and don't have access for a laptop DVD drive. Cant you put the heat pipe on top or use a narrow CPU cooler?

    The thing is what really takes up most of the room is the wires and the power supply. Thin Mini-ITX removes a lot of the wires. They use an external power brick up to about 200w (Max Surge). Then they have a SATA Power plug on the motherboard that you can attach to SATA drives and it could have 3 power plugs on it. Typically that could be Hard Drive, SSD, DVD. Throw in a nice thin laptop DVD and then add a 120mm fan on low speed. Could make it a thinner custom fan. I could see also an application with no optical drive and just use an external USB3 Drive with a stand.

    Cooler Master is suppose to be coming out with a new case, CM Elite 110, that is about half the depth of the CM Elite 130 and looks square. However it could be even smaller if they didn't use the internal Power supply. Sure there are a bunch of gamers that want a giant 2 foot long video card, but a lot of people are not interested in that. They just want a PC that they can hook up to a HDTV, surf the net, use some e-mail and watch Kitty Cats.
  8. The case design is very nice. but I think you need to add a slot for at least one optical drive. :)
    I would lovely to have one if there is.

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