Summary: I didn't see if 2.5" drives could be mounted upside down between tray and case bottom. This may fit 4 internal drives. One of the photos shows the wrong side panel sitting next to the case. The cutouts are suppose to match up with the fan bracket. Photos with the covers on are correct. Air is pulled in from the front sides, but not much air flow. As with any ITX based case: Space is tight around the CPU(below the power supply). Make sure you buy a short power supply.
Pros: USB 3 up front and HD audio. The silver tray in the bottom of case comes out with just 2 thumbscrews and fits 3.5" and/or 2.5" drives. Allows for full rated(SHORT) ATX power supply. Allows for multiple slot video cards. Mother board screws down to the right side panel. Even with both side panels off, the case is sturdy.
Cons: The 120mm fan doesn't spin high enough for the silicon isolators to really matter. A 120mm fan upgrade is a must if serious heat will be generated. Would have been nice if the PSU has it's own air vent and pulled air from outside then back out the rear.
Summary: This was my 2nd build, and it took a LOT of effort to get everything in. My PSU clearance was a little too high, so the way they wanted me to attach to PSU didn't work. (I used PC Power and cooling 400w Modular). Even with modular it was packed, and I don't think I could keep a graphics card in there. It was fun and cool to build though.
Summary: This is my home CentOS virtual server, so I rarely open it(or power it off for that matter). When I do however, it takes 8 flathead screws to take off one side. While it helps keep it's shape and not look cheap, it's a far cry from the two thumbscrews and a slide from it's larger tower cousin. Not a real gripe, just an FYI. As I said, this is a real quiet configuration, even with a stock AMD HSF. I've been real happy about that.
Pros: The case is built in typical Lian-Li high quality fashion. The components while light, don't feel flimsy or cheap. All the parts come together well as expected. It's a nice looking case when finished. The fans run very quiet(this is a home server in the living room with hardwood floors and we hear nary a peep from it). It runs pretty much 24/7 with no noise or complaints. I couldn't ask for a better mini-itx case.
Cons: Front USB ports are pass-throughs/extension cables to the backplane USB ports, rather than a direct connection to the motherboard. I think that was b/c at the time USB3 headers weren't common on mobo's. It worked for my motherboard just fine however, so I didn't think it warranted a demerit.
Summary: I chose this case for my first build. I knew squat about building a computer when I started this project but I'm good with mechanical things so I figured I'd be OK with this SFF case. This case is not something I would recommend for a first time builder or someone who's constantly tweaking their system.
Pros: Looks good, compact (TINY) and efficient layout, nice anodized finish on aluminum. I'm not going to go on and on about the pros of this case; read the specs, look at the (very good) pictures on Lian Li's website, and make the call.
Cons: Long list of "cons"... more of a list of things to be aware of and challenges: 1-Side intakes for front fan require it to protrude inside the case. This will stress the flexibility of the PSU's cables. 2-Fan/filter is difficult to remove with PSU installed. 3-Full-size PSU compatibility, great for lots of power, bad for room inside case (165mm MAX depth recommended). 4-USB-3 header cabling for front ports is long and wires are stiff. Seriously, you could plug this int...
Summary: * This being an ITX case, your cable management skills will be put to the test. Plan on buying some zip ties, a short (6-10") SATA cable for your optical drive, and a fully modular PSU (no more than 145mm deep) if you want everything to be clean and tidy. I *highly* recommend pairing this case with a Silverstone Strider PSU and their PP05 short cable set.
Pros: * Compact and full-featured. Allows for a standard-height optical drive, a standard ATX PSU (yay!), a dual-slot discrete GPU, two 3.5" drives, and two 2.5" drives - all in a case that can fit on a bookshelf, and that looks beautiful to boot. Very impressive achievement * Comes standard with a Lian-Li ODD fascia, so your choice of cheap DVD drive doesn't screw with the beautiful brushed-aluminum look * Motherboard standoffs are built into the right side panel, and are ...
Cons: The only major con is that the PSU fan faces in, drawing air up from the motherboard. This conflicts with stock heatsinks, which push air down onto the motherboard. The PC-Q11 would be better off with another vent cut into the left side panel and the PSU flipped around so air could be drawn from the outside instead. I tried to circumvent this problem by buying a Scythe Shuriken heatsink and flipping its fan over - turning the Scythe and the PSU fans into a push-pull c...
Summary: A great upgrade for this case was when I bought a 5.25" to 3.5" converter to hold a boot drive in the disk drive bay so I could have two 1 Tb in raid at the bottom. Unfortunately this HDD got pretty hot there, so I had to cut a hole in the bottom of the 5.25" tray and now the whole systems has better airflow and runs cooler.
Pros: Great little home server case Painted black on the inside Holds a standard size power supply Great hard drive trays Lots of Vent holes PCI blanks have vents in them
Cons: I really don't like that you can't take off the one side panel without taking off the motherboard first. Due to this installing a disk drive after the motherboard installation is impossible because you can't get to the screws that hold the disk drive holder. So you have to take the whole thing apart just to get that installed. The 8 screws on the side are flush which is nice but are a pain to take on and off. A toolless option of some kind would be much better. Preins...
Pros: Great mini-ITX form factor case. Lian Li has always surprised me with the quality of their cases. The front 140mm fan that's removable and comes with rubber grommets is a nice option to bring in some cool air. The brushed finish is very nice. I'm very happy with this purchase. Using as a HTPC.
Summary: Currently used as thus: Lianl-Li Q11-B Mini-ITX Tower Case Zotac Z68ITX-A-E DDR3 / Socket 1155 Wifi Board Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz HT 65W Dual-Core Scythe Kozuti 40mm Heatsink Fan (Rated to 65W) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Gigabyte UD GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Adapter
Pros: - Sturdy metal frame and panels, which was a nice switch-up from the Thermaltake V3 I moved out of (micro-sizing my system for LAN gaming and WiFi) - Sleek, simplistic appearance, nice color, good asthetic appeal - Reasonable space for a Mini-ITX Cube/Tower
Cons: - The LEDs for power and HDD access don't seem to work, no matter how I plug them in. At first I thought maybe the Zotac Z68ITX-A-E just had mislabeled headers, but after trial and error, they still don't light up. - The idea of being able to use a regular PSU in this case is novel, but since most manufacturers don't offer 'short' cables for their modular PSU, it ends up being a clusterfuge. Be ready to shorten your cables, or block airflow (take your pick) - A 10mm o...
Summary: I bought this before the LIAN LI PC-Q25B was available. It's basically the same thing but long rather than tall. Imagine taking this case and laying it flat on it's front or back and that's the PC-Q25B. It would work better as a headless server but wouldn't fit on a shelf. If you're interested in the PC-Q11B then also check out the PC-Q25B.
Pros: This is a high quality case, simple as that. It's very aesthetically pleasing. The size/shape is a perfect fit for a bookshelf I have. Many people have mentioned the power & HDD LEDs being too bright. They are bright but whether or not that bothers you is rather subjective. Just keep this in consideration if you plan on having the case placed directly in front of you.
Cons: The HDD rack could have been better designed. It seems like an after thought. I really wish it supported 4x3.5" drives rather than 2x3.5" and 2x2.5". I can't remove an egg for this since it's very clearly stated in the product description how many drives it holds. It's a VERY tight fit inside the case. I'm not going to remove an egg for this since it's a Mini-ITX case. It's still well designed for how little space there is to work with.