Lian Li PC-Q12 Chassis Review

Product: Lian Li PC-Q12
Company: Lian Li
Author: Nicholas Conroy
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: October 9th, 2012

Packaging and First Looks

Our review unit was shipped directly from Lain Liís facilities and as such the box has taken quite a beating in its long journey across the Pacific. This is a test of packaging durability and effectiveness that we donít often see!

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From what we can see of the box, the front and back are nearly the same. Both feature a large frontal shot of the chassis along with a list of features. A small picture of the chassis at the bottom of the list is the only apparent difference.

On the left side of the box we find pictures of the two color options along with which power plug is included for the PSU. On the Other side of the box we see a small picture of the chassis, a set of specifications in six languages, and at the bottom a list of certifications.

Opening the top flaps we are greeted by a box proclaiming what region power plug is inside. Mounting screws and hardware are also found in this box.

Under the hardware box we find an aluminum plate used for standing the chassis vertically. Beneath we find the top of the chassis peeking out at us from behind the foam and plastic bag.

As we can see, the packaging for the PC-Q12 is simple and very straightforward; there is nothing overly elaborate here. More importantly though is the fact that it has done an excellent job protecting the chassis from any damage despite being badly beat-up during the ordeal of overseas shipping.

The hardware box contains the expected US power cord along with a bag of mounting screws, cable clamp, and a motherboard buzzer. Interestingly, Lian Li has opted to not place their logo onto the PC-Q12 and has instead left that up to you by putting a stick-on logo in one of the hardware bags. We also find a set of four stick-on feet to be used if the chassis will be laid on its side.

Along with the chassis we also find an instruction sheet with copies in several languages as well as a flyer showing of other Lian Li products and accessories. The instruction sheet is fairly brief which is to be expected for such a small chassis.

With the packaging off we get our first look at the chassis itself. In terms of design, this is about as minimalist as it comes. Large blank spaces of aluminum are occasionally broken by cooling ports, twin USB 3.0 ports, and the power button. Everything is tied together to be as efficient as possible; besides housing the power LED, the power button also contains the HDD activity light. The central band of metal remains unbroken all the way to the rear where we finally see some rivets.

Here we see the two standing options for the Q12: either on its side or upright with the help of the stand plate we saw earlier.

Four screws hold the stand to the bottom of the chassis while two long strips of rubber stick it to the floor. It is a simple design but it does its job well.

Now that we have seen the skin it is time to dig into the guts!