Lian Li is extending the range of HTPC cases with two compact models named PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F intended for Mini-ITX mainboards. The integrated power supplies underline the „HiFi look" of the Mini-ITX chassis, which differentiates the PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F from the previous cube enclosures of the Q-Series.
The difference between the PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F lies in the slightly taller dimension of the latter along with a more powerful PSU. While the PC-Q09 comes equipped with a 110 W unit, the PC-Q09F includes a 150W power supply. The remaining features of both Mini-ITX Aluminum enclosures are identical.
The PC-Q09(F) chassis are constructed of Aluminum as is the case with all Lian Li enclosures. This make the very light weight possible, while retaining a high level of stability. On top of that, the brushed Aluminum translates into the great look and feel, which is perfect for the HTPC setting. In comparison to traditional HTPC enclosures the PC-Q09(F) requires a much smaller foot print and is thus perfect for tighter spaces.
The understated front not only holds the power button, but also the I/O panel with modern USB 3.0 and audio connectivity along with a slim-line 5.25 inch drive bay, which has been placed on bottom of the enclosure. This arrangement results in a very unique internal layout, as Lian Li is thinking outside the box to create a spacious and efficient interior.
Lian Li has created two compartments within the chassis, which separate area for the drives and the mainboard. The optical drive and rubber mounted 2.5 inch hard drive bays are placed below the mainboard tray. For assembly purposes, the chassis is placed upside down and the flooring has to be removed. The installation of the mainboard is done traditional through the top of the case.
The compact power supply has been placed to the side of the mainboard, which can deliver 110 Watts (PC-Q09) or 150 W (PC-Q09F). An 80 mm fan in the right side panel along with various air vents have been implemented to keep the system cool during operation. Both the Lian Li Q-09 and Q-09F are available in silver, black, red and white.
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