Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

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Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

June 21, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Lian Li PC-Q18
Mini-ITX Case
Street Price

Based in Taiwan, Lian Li has a sprawling catalogue of cases for seemingly every shape and size possible in the modern PC era. Particularly impressive are their 14 mini-ITX models, an ambitious number for any case manufacturer. Two years ago we reviewed the PC-Q08, a larger than average mini-ITX tower that offered a bit of everything, including support for six 3.5 inch hard drives. Today we're going to look at the PC-Q18, an updated version that hopefully addresses the main issue we had with its predecessor: hard drive vibration.

The box.

The PC-Q18.

From the outside, the PC-Q18 doesn't look much different. Like the PC-Q08 and many other Lian Li cases, the exterior is composed of brush aluminum, giving it a shiny, luxurious look compared to traditional steel/plastic towers. The dimensions have been changed slightly; the PC-Q18 is taller (still under a foot) but also narrower, giving it a smaller footprint. The large vent located on the left side panel for the power supply fan has been eliminated, and the tiny screws running around the edges of the side panels are also gone. The panels aren't secured at the back either, Lian Li has used a tool-less mounting scheme similar to the one employed by SilverStone on the Fortress FT03. The rest of the changes await us inside.


The included case accessories are limited. The obligatory screws, hard drive grommets, and PC speaker are wrapped in tiny plastic bags. The install guide is in black and white but fairly detailed and most importantly, illustrated. The two stock fans inside the case also have 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapters attached by default.

Specifications: Lian Li PC-Q18
(from the product web page)
Model PC-Q18
Case Type Mini Tower Chassis
Dimensions (W) 199mm x (H) 290mm x (D) 365mm (21 litres)
Front bezel Material Aluminum
Color Black / Silver
Side Panel Aluminum
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 3.35 KG
5.25" drive bay (External) 1
3.5" drive bay (External) none
3.5" drive bay (Internal) 3.5-Inch HDD x4( Hotswap ) + 3.5-Inch HDD x2 or 2.5-Inch HDD x3
Expansion Slot 2
Motherboard Mini-ITX / Mini-DTX
System Fan (Front) 140mm Fan x 1
System Fan (Top) 140mm Fan x 1
System Fan (Rear) none
I/O Ports USB3.0 x 2 / HD Audio
Maximum Video Card Size VGA Card length: 340mm
PSU length: 160mm
CPU cooler height: 60mm
Package Dimensions (W)411 mm x (H)271 mm x (D) 323mm
Gross Weight 3.95 KG
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 (Optional)

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