Lian Li unveils compact, rugged chassis for LAN partiers

By on September 22, 2011, 6:00 PM

Although there's no shortage of mammoth full tower desktop chassis, very few enclosures cater specifically to LAN-goers. Considering the stringent attributes and relatively niche market involved, that should come as no surprise. The ideal LAN party case is small and light enough for easy transportation while remaining rugged enough for life on the road and having plenty of space for enthusiast hardware.

That's precisely what Lian Li's latest creation offers. The PC-TU200 sports a sturdy all-aluminum body that measures 8.26 (W) x 12.59 (H) x 14.17 (D) inches and weighs only 6.94 pounds. What's more, the chassis has a suitcase-like design with an integrated handle on top and reinforced corners for extra durability. Lian Li likens this to the US President's "nuclear football" -- a peculiar reference, to say the least.

Given its compact design, you'll be limited to Mini-ITX or Mini-DTX motherboards, but that's not a big deal. Plenty of P67, Z68 and A75 Mini-ITX boards are suitable for a gaming rig. In fact, we plan to publish a comparison review of two such boards in the very near future. The PC-TU200 also has room for a graphics card measuring up to nearly 12 inches long and it appears you don't have to remove an HDD cage.

The card can occupy nearly the full horizontal length of the chassis because there's a narrow gap below the storage drive bays. That leaves enough space for up to four 3.5-inch drives, two 2.5-inch drives (one used in the 3.5-inch bay), one 5.25-inch bay, and a standard ATX power supply in the top rear. The front panel is outfitted with two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA port as well as microphone and stereo jacks.

In our experience, working with pint-sized cases can be frustrating because they usually employ unorthodox layouts. However, Lian Li claims the PC-TU200 has a simple installation process with a quick release lever that opens the side panel. Other design elements should help too. For instance, the hard drive bays are mounted sideways and they have preinstalled power and data connectors for easier access.

Your hardware is cooled by only one 140mm front intake fan and there doesn't seem to be room for additional fans. Most users will probably deem that insufficient for a gaming rig, but Lian Li explains that the PC-TU200 compensates for its lack of airflow with other efficiencies (the case is elevated, it has strategically-located vents and its aluminum body aids with thermal dissipation). No word on pricing or availability.




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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So, this is a "ruggedized" version of the PC-Q08. Similar dimensions (but a little taller), similar internal spacing, swaps out the 120mm fans up top for the handle. The Hard drive bay railing is different too, but probably still uses the same rubber grommets. I'd be willing to mess with it if I managed to get my hands on one for free/to review, otherwise I already have my PC-Q08. I'm VERY WELL practiced in working in this size of a case, and even the Thermaltake A30 is bigger on the inside than the PC-!08 and likely this case. =p

Guest said:

madboyv1: '''..I'd be willing to mess with it if I managed to get my hands on one for free/to review, otherwise I already have my PC-Q08. I'm VERY WELL practiced in working in this size of a case...''

You need to reviews things you can get yourself first. After you've eventually garnered the attention of enough people(consumers), you can ask companies for free samples to review based on the hopes that your reviews will bolster that product's market and sales. Kinda like how a site such as Techspot ''for example'' :o operates. Basically, don't indirectly (yet not at all subtly) ask for their stuff for free, especially when your only reason is to do stuff they're already doing and have put in the time to get to that point.

Guest said:

This is the internet... Your rational arguments have no place here.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Rabble rabble about me

Thanks for an intelligent comment, somewhat a rare thing from a Guest user nowadays. XD At any rate, that was not my intention, but okay, please do believe what you like, as I'm sure the indirect (yet subtle) condescending tone helps you feel good about yourself. =)

I am afraid you are reading too much into my comment as well. I really do love messing with ITX form factor cases for my own personal use, but there's no way I'd get another one like the PC-Q08 unless I did get it for free (okay, maybe I should use the word "gift" instead? =p) or my case failed/broke (unlikely due to Lian Li's generally incredible build quality). I like trying new things so I try not to get the same case twice for a new build.

That being said, It'd be cool for Techspot to pair this case with one of the new ITX motherboards that are coming out (like that Zotac recently posted) and do a double review.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

A half height briefcase shaped and sized case would be awesome.

Guest said:

Hey, it's the guest that made the initial attack. It was entertaining writing that for some reason, I don't know why.. You're right, I was reading too much into your comment and my entire argument was based on facts that were not supported by anything but whimsical speculations; I even thought that to myself when I was writing the bit. Anonymity has an interesting (well, not that interesting, really) effect on people. You have no idea if it really is me or if it's just another anonymous person impersonating me. Who am I? lol [*queue clip from Austin Powers: Goldmember* Scott: "You are causing me SERIOUS MENTAL TRAUMA!" Dr. Evil: "Ohh no,.. I don't know.. Who am I..?"] XD

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