There are just some occasions where I just don’t get it. An idea, a design, a product, or maybe just a marketing scheme that makes no sense to me. The Lian-Li Ultra-Compact cases for smartphone and Tablet users is one of those occasions.
The new PC-Q02, PC-Q03, and PC-Q16 are three cases designed to be quiet, elegant data centers. All three are aluminum “basic box” designs that leverage nature airflow and great use of space to minimize noise. They all provide just enough space for a mini-ITX PC, single slim ODD, and a handful of HDDs. These would be great SFF cases, but not for the people Lian-Li seems to be targeting.
As you can see from the PC-Q02 above, Lian-Li sticks to their guns about their aesthetic appeal. The PC-Q02 is a fanless case and only relays on natural air flow though its vents to cool your system. With just enough space for two 2.5″ and one 3.5″ HDD, this would be a great home server for a small family. The best part is it comes with a 300W 80Plus certified PSU for only $149.99 MSRP.
Next up is the PC-Q03 which builds up on the PC-Q02 base. This case adds room for a VGA card up to 180 mm (7.08 inches), USB 3.0 ports, and HD audio on the front panel. It even manages to have the same MSRP of $149.99, but all the bonuses do come at the cost of the including PSU.
As you can see from the title, the target audience Lian-Li is after seems to be people who mostly use smartphones and tablet PCs for their daily PC use. I don’t see those consumers building, installing, and setting up a home server or data center PC. I think these would be better suited for a great start to a DIY HTPC design to be a visible piece to your home theater and not hidden away server media wirelessly.