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Lian Li PC-O11 Air Mini Review: An Easy, Sophisticated Alternative

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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

Lian Li’s PC-O11D Mini is now available in an ‘Air’ variant with an additional intake and included fans. In case the score didn’t give it away, we quite like it.

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Cons
  • Ditches aluminum panels for steel

  • No longer as ITX-focused

  • Ugly bottom air filter implementation remains

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Back in 2018 Lian Li introduced its PC-O11 Dynamic chassis, designed in collaboration with Der8auer, and it quickly went on to become a classic that still sells well. Then, just under a year ago the company dropped the O11D Mini, shrinking the chassis into a more cheerful format. It still fit ATX boards, but could be modified to be a cooling-focused ITX board too, or anything in between. 

Now, Lian Li is introducing the O11 Air Mini – a variant of the chassis that has an extra front intake and includes fans – at the same $110 price point. Well, the O11D Mini was priced at $99, but the tariffs have pulled that price up, too.  

So, let’s dig in and find out what the differences are, whether the O11D Air Mini is an improvement, which you should get if you’re considering the variants, and whether the Air Mini is worthy of a spot on our Best PC Cases list. 

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Specifications 

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Type Mid-Tower ATX
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Dimensions (HxWxD) 15. 1 x 11.3 x 15.7 inches (384 x 288 x 400 mm)
Max GPU Length 14.6 inches (362 mm)
CPU Cooler Height 6.6 inches (167 mm)
Max PSU Length 7.9 inches (200 mm)
External Bays ✗ 
Internal Bays 4x 3.5-inch, 2x 2.5-inch
Expansion Slots 7x or 5x
Front I/O 2x USB 3.0, USB-C, 3.5 mm Audio/Mic Combo
Other 1x Tempered Glass Panel
Front Fans 2x 140 mm (Up to 2x 140mm)
Rear Fans 1x 120mm (Up to 1x 120mm)
Top Fans None (Up to 2x 140mm)
Bottom Fans None (Up to 2x 140mm)
Side Fans None (Up to 2x 120mm)
RGB No
Damping No

Features

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Looking around the outside of the O11 Air Mini , the first thing that stands out about the chassis are its tidy looks. Whereas the original O11D Mini had a glass side and front panel, the steel mesh panel at the front of the O11 Air Mini looks cleaner, almost like the case grew up and pulled on a suit – it’s a much more business-like appearance, offering a more sophisticated look as opposed to the O11D Mini’s playfulness.

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The glass side panel remains, as does the aluminum strip at the front, but the top and right-side panels are no longer made of aluminum. This isn’t a real issue, but I did like the aluminum panel on the O11D Mini, as it was a big upgrade over the original O11D’s steel panels, especially considering the case’s low price point. That said, this case keeps the same price, does replace the top IO shield strip with aluminum instead of the scratchy acrylic strip on the previous case, and this case comes with three fans – so it’s understandable that a compromise had to be made somewhere. Also, the perforated steel mesh contrasts quite nicely next to the aluminum – I quite like the look.

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Top IO comprises two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port and a headphone/mic combo jack. A power button is also present, with blue illumination around it. 

To remove the top and right-side panel, one simply undoes the thumbscrews at the back of the case and they slide right off. The glass side and front mesh panels then come off by simply lifting them out of place, exposing the case’s interior.

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The case only has one filter, at the bottom, and it keeps the same, not-so-pretty plastic handle as the O11D Mini. This is visible on the side, and although practical, a little unsightly.

Other than that, you will rely on the mesh of the top, front and side panels for filtration, though I expect these will do a good enough job as the mesh there is quite fine.

Internal Layout

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Once inside, you’ll spot room for up to an ATX motherboard in the main compartment, along with room for radiators and fans along the top, front, bottom and side. Two 140mm PWM fans come installed at the front intake, while the rear exhaust carries a single 120mm PWM spinner. 

In this main compartment, CPU coolers can be up to 6.6 inches (167mm) tall and GPUs up to 14.3 inches (362mm) long. 

There is tons of radiator space here, too: At the top, bottom, and front of the case, you can mount up to 280mm radiators, and the side intake/exhaust spot will happily accommodate a 240mm radiator.

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Keep in mind, though, you likely won’t be able to install a 280mm unit  in the top spot with an ATX board from the factory. This is because the radiator mount isn’t placed all the way near the side panel, and the motherboard tray is pushed slightly inward from the original case. To fix this, you will need to purchase the RB-001 offset radiator mounting bracket (no price is set yet) that will launch alongside the case. 240mm radiators will fit at the top just fine, though, unless you have tall RAM that creates clarence issues.

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Flip over to the other side, and we spot a few interesting things. Despite being a ‘Mini’ case, this one comes with room for large ATX power supplies (whereas the last case only had room for an SFF-L PSU), and the hard drive cage is moved to the top. A cover is present over the cable management area, with room for two 2.5-inch drives.

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You can either leave the covers installed on the side intake, creating room for two 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, with room for another two in the HDD cages, or you can remove them to expose the radiator mount.

Adjustable Rear IO

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From the factory, the O11 Air Mini comes configured as an ATX case, with seven expansion slots. However, just like the original O11D Mini, the rear IO is adjustable to accommodate different boards.

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However, the O11 Air Mini won’t adjust all the way down to just an ITX layout. In all fairness, that’s fine – the Micro-ATX layout with five expansion slots will work just the same, leaving the lower slots unused to make radiator space. 

Summing up the differences

By now, you’ve probably gathered that the O11D Mini and the new O11 Air Mini are almost entirely different cases. They’re based on the same base principles, but externally and internally they are surprisingly different. 

The biggest difference is that the Air replaces the front glass panel with mesh, and includes 3 fans. But it also cuts back on the motherboard’s rear IO modularity, and has 3mm less width in the main compartment. The new model is also wider overall at 288mm as opposed to 270mm. This is because the rear compartment now has room for ATX PSUs, which is a huge upgrade over the SFF-L only layout in the glass-based O11 Mini, and well worth the extra width. The case is also 4mm taller, though 20mm shallower. 

With these changes, I would argue that the O11 Air Mini isn’t the builder’s modular paradise the O11D Mini was, but rather a tidy, straight-forward ATX case, albeit with an unusual layout. This makes the new O11 Air Mini much more approachable for first-time builders.

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Fractal Design North Review: Mid-Century Mid-Tower

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Wood and Airflow? What?

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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

Combining a unique wood-and-mesh front and lots of airflow-focused features at an affordable price, Fractal’s North is a fantastic case with performance that’s just as impressive as its looks.

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Pros
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    Exceptional thermal performance

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    Solid 3.5-inch drive support

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    Gorgeous design

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    PWM fans

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    Movable fan hub

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    Side fan bracket is included

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    Fair price

Cons
  • Noisy

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PC cases are constantly evolving alongside other components. 5.25-inch drive bays were once a necessity for optical drives, but now are more or less gone. Following that collapse, the desire for glass (and RGB) everywhere came and is now going away as the thermal demand of high-end components went up and people began to take the need for airflow seriously. And now, because airflow is so important, too many cases are starting to look the same, which is frustrating.

Enter Fractal Design, a case manufacturer that often finds itself on our Best PC Cases, and its latest (and hopefully trend-setting) North case. The North is an ATX mid-tower chassis that features wood slats on the front panel (backed by mesh) and the option for a mesh or tempered-glass side panel. Fractal Design’s new case retails for $130 and comes in Charcoal Black or Chalk White. 

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While the case is easy on the eyes and the design feels fresh in a landscape dominated by black glass boxes, the North needs to perform to earn a recommendation in these days of thermally aggressive components like the RTX 4090 and 13900K. We’ll put it through our testing later to see how it does but spoiler: Unless silence is your primary concern, there’s a lot to love about this striking chassis.

Specifications

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Type ATX Mid-Tower
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Dimensions (HxWxD) 18. 6 x 8.4 x 17.8-inches
Max GPU Length 14-inches
CPU Cooler Height 6.6-inches without fan bracket
  5.7-inches with fan bracket
External Bays X
Internal Bays 4x 2.5 or 2x 3.5-inch 
Expansion Slots 7
Front I/O 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x microphone and 1x headphone jack.
Other Mesh side panel
Front Fans 2x 140mm
Rear Fans None
Top Fans None
Bottom Fans None
Weight 21 pounds
Warranty 2 years

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Fractal’s North is a mid-tower ATX case that disguises itself as a pretty piece of furniture. Obviously, the most appealing feature of this case is its wood front panel. Now, I never took woodshop in high school, but this feels and looks like bamboo. I love it – the North is just as pretty as it is unique.

Case companies often take an existing design and mostly (or sometimes only) change the front panel. This isn’t the case (no pun intended) with the North, which is available in either white or black and with a mesh or tempered glass side panel.

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The top of the North features a removable panel with a leather tab and the back for easier removal. The side panels are removed via two thumb screws, which is a bit disappointing for a case of this price, and it’s almost ironic when you consider the otherwise excellent aesthetics of this chassis.

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While we still like tempered glass, the mesh panel felt more at home here, as it’s almost an atypical choice for side panels over the last few years.

Another reason we chose the mesh side panel: That model comes with a side fan bracket for better cooling. The side fan bracket fits a maximum of 280mm in a radiator or fan configuration, which is generous.

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And it can be mounted in three different locations (bottom, middle, or top) to best suit the needs of your build. Behind the wood are two pre-installed Fractal Design Aspect 140mm fans, which can be replaced with fans or radiators up to 360mm. The top panel can house the same amount of fans or radiators. And, finally, the rear fan mount can fit a 120mm spinner, although the case only comes with the two fans up front.

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The IO on the top of the North is decent, but nothing too special. You get two USB 3.0 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and separate audio and headphone jacks. There’s also a nice spun-metal power button here, etched with Fractal’s stylized “F” logo.

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Internal Layout

The Fractal Design North measures up at 18.5 x 8.5 x 17.5 inches (HWD), so I wouldn’t try to fit an E-ATX board in here. However, this case can fit GPUs up to 13.98 inches (355mm), and our Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC fits perfectly. The maximum CPU cooler height varies, depending on whether you install the fan bracket on the side. Without the bracket, the North supports coolers up to 6.7 inches (170mm), but 5.7 inches (145mm) with the bracket and fans installed.

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Behind the motherboard tray, you’ll find the usual cable tie points, a dual 2.5-inch drive bracket and two 3.5 or 2.5-inch drive trays. The drive trays actually live under the PSU shroud, eacg can fit a 2.5-inch drive and a 3.5-inch drive at the same tiem, and can also be mounted upside down to make room for chunkier PSU cables – a well-thought-out feature by Fractal. Ultimately, the Fractal Design North can support four 2. 5 and two 3.5-inch drives simultaneously, which is very respectable in 2022. If you need more than that you’ll generally have to look to a bigger case. A PWM fan hub is also included, mounted behind the motherboard tray by default. It can be moved to a position above the rear fan mount, but we expect most will find its default location more convenient–and better for aesthetics as well, should you opt for the glass side panel.

Testing Hardware

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Our testing hardware to uses Intel’s 12 Gen “Alder Lake” platform, specifically a Core i7-12700KF, which is cooled by a Noctua U12s air cooler. Our graphics card is a Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC.

Our acoustic tests consist of three scenarios: We run the CPU at full load, the CPU and GPU at full load, and an optimized mode. The CPU full load test runs the CPU and case fans at their maximum speed. For the CPU and GPU full load acoustic test, we also stress the Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC and set the fans at 75% speed, because in gaming the fans never run at 100 percent and are far too loud when they do.

For the optimized mode, we run the GPU fan speed at 30% and run the CPU and included case fans at the lowest speed that they will spin.

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Fractal Design’s cases generally aren’t all that quiet, and that’s true here as well. During our full-speed test, we got an average of 53 decibels, which is, bluntly, quite loud. However, this can be combated by a simple fan curve adjustment, and Fractal’s Aspect fans pull enough air at lower speeds that, unless something goes wrong or you’re overclocking everything to the bleeding edge, you should never hear that much noise coming from this case. Even though the case is loud, let’s not forget that the side panel is mesh. So it’s likely the tempered glass version of the North is at least a little quieter.

For the thermal tests, all case and CPU fan speeds are set to 100%. The Core i7-12700K is set at a fixed 4.7GHz clock at 1.3v on all performance cores to ensure consistent power consumption across test scenarios. Letting the GPU run at 75% fan speed enables it to maintain its power target while sticking to one set reasonable fan speed, so that the temperature is the only variable.

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Cases with mesh side panels are a bit controversial. You might assume the mesh improves thermals, but there’s also evidence (at least in some cases) that air coming in from the side can be detrimental to the front-to-back airflow path. The only other case we’ve tested recently with a mesh side panel was the Azza Aero 480, and that did not perform very well. Fractal’s North, though, performed exceptionally well in our testing – especially with CPU thermals.

It’s unclear whether the improved temps with the Fractal are down to finer mesh in the front, the roughly 4-inch section at the front side that isn’t perforated (possibly helping guide airflow), some combination of both, or just better fans on the Fractal. But there’s no arguing with these pleasing numbers.

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2022 has been a big year for Fractal Design; the Swedish case company started off with the Torrent Compact, which was an impressive start. In the summer, we saw the Pop Silent, which was refreshing, as the case market has become saturated with mesh and RGB. Then we tested the ITX Ridge, which stood out for its console-sized frame and build quality. Finally, just as the temperatures turned frigid and the year was winding down, the company fittingly launched the North. Despite its price of $130, it stands out in a case market that’s become boring by delivering great airflow and stand-out looks.

There’s no denying the North is a niche case, with its wood slats on the front panel, but many more traditional and aggressive-looking cases available (both in the wider market and within Fractal’s own product stack), builders should respect Fractal for launching a case this visually different – I certainly do. As long as the performance is decent, there’s nothing wrong with more traditional basic black PC case boxes or aggressive RGB-and-glass gamer chassis. But it’s great to have attractive and well-performing alternatives like the North, that blend into a living room in a living room instead of standing out like an alien artifact.

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Best PC Cases to Buy New [2020 Guide]

Black Friday is a great day to do some deals. This is the day after Thanksgiving Thursday in the US when companies cut prices widely. In fact, some companies offer BF deals during at least November.

So now is the time to get a new PC case! A case with an attractive design and plenty of expansion slots will be essential for anyone building their own desktop. The likes of Amazon and Newegg are discounting a few notable PC cases during the Black Friday period. There are five Black Friday deals worth noting.

Note : Offers subject to change. Sometimes some of the deals listed in our guides may not be available by the time you click the buy button. So hurry up and grab them while they’re hot.

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Corsair Mid-Tower Cases

Corsair has some nice savings on PC cases this season. Check them out before they’re out of stock!

CORSAIR SPEC-Omega RGB Carbide

CORSAIR Crystal 570X RGB Mid-Tower, 3 RGB Fans, Tempered Glass

CORSAIR Carbide 275R Mid-Tower Gaming Case, Window Side Panel

CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-04 Mid Case -Tower for slot machines

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Cover for ATC Rosewill PRISM S500

This is an ATX mid-speaker chassis that includes multiple expansion slots, four pre-installed 120mm fans, and five drive bays. It is a steel and transparent case with tempered glass side panel.

The PRISM S500 also includes new LED lights along the ring fans and side strip that light up the case with some dazzling RGB lighting effects.

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Rosewill CULLINAN

CULLINAN is an elegant mid-height gaming table cabinet with three tempered glass panels on the sides and top. It includes four 120mm LED fans with blue, red and white color alternatives that light up the desktop.

This chassis supports ATX, XL-ATX, and E-ATX motherboards and includes multiple expansion slots, two 3.5 drive bays, and three 2.5 drive bays. You can also connect devices to one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two CULLINAN audio I/Os.

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Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other PC cases, check out our extensive collection of manuals .

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Thermaltake View 71

Thermaltake View 71 is one of the most transparent desktop cases as it includes tempered glass panels on both sides, top and front. This is a full body case that supports both ATX and ITX motherboards and comes with three Riing RGB fans.

Chassis packed with 10 2.5 and multiple 3.5 drive bays and up to 10 expansion slots. The View 71 also has two USB 2.0 ports on the front, one HD Audio, and a pair of USB 3. 0 ports.

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5

Rosewill Thor V2-W

Thor V2 is a full body ATX chassis specially designed for gaming machines. So it’s a spacious case with 10 expansion slots that can accommodate 12.99″ graphics cards.

The

Thor V2 includes four fans, six external 5.25 drive bays, and six internal 3.5 drive bays. The top of the V2 also has two USB 3.0 ports, one e-SATA, and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Thermaltake View 31

The Thermaltake View 31 mid-tower case is similar to the CULLINAN case as it has a transparent tempered glass structure. It also includes three 140mm Riing RGB fans that add similar lighting effects to the case.

The

View 31 is compatible with ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards and includes up to 10 expansion slots and three 3. 5 or 2.5 drive bays. The case also includes four USB and one HD audio I/O port.

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These are a few cases that are currently ignored and you can set up a new desktop. Remember that most Black Friday deals will probably last no longer than November.

You will of course need additional desktop hardware; and this page contains more information about Black Friday PC parts discounts.

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Best Laptop Cases with Handles (Reviews 2021)

The PC does not have to be stationary. Just grab a laptop case and carry your computer with ease. Here are the best PC cases with handles.

Generally, people tend to invest in laptops if they want a portable computer and desktops if they want a permanent PC. However, there are intermediate options! Some desktops may be more mobile and some laptops may be large and difficult to move.

PC cases with handles are a great alternative if you want the power and personality of a desktop with the portability of a laptop.

Although a desktop computer will never be as easy to move as a laptop, you can move the tower between locations much faster this way. In this guide, we will introduce you to some of the best laptop cases with handles.

How we choose

There are many things to keep in mind when considering portable desktop computers. Since desktop computers are designed to be relatively stationary, laptop computers, for example, are not as common. Second, Siempre they will be less portable than a laptop due to the separate nature of the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

However, the table tower with handles, small and easily moved, is much easier to handle than the table tower. full tower massive .

If you have no choice but to use a desktop, prefer a desktop for whatever reason, or don’t carry your computer often (but often enough to allow for some portability), the smaller PC case, fitted with handles, covers this one exceptionally well. space.

While PC cases with handles (or at least handles or notches for holding) are not uncommon, a PC case is not necessarily portable just because it has them. For example, you don’t want to move the entire tower body regularly, even if it has carrying handles. It would be too big and heavy for safe transportation.

On the other hand, any ATX and smaller is fairly easy to transport and move around. Of course, the smaller it is, the more portable your computer will be.

So even an ATX sized case is not the most portable option, but you will generally get the best performance out of an ATX case as well since they don’t have many size restrictions. It gets to the point of being optimal between performance and size mATX and ITX can’t handle it.

However, this again comes at the cost of reduced availability. You can still fit a lot of upgrades on the mATX or even the ITX case if you’re careful about choosing the parts. Buying small-sized parts for your build can cost more, but if portability is paramount to you, it will pay off the difference in price.

Since each box size has its own advantages and disadvantages, we have included various sizes in this guide. Of course, other indicators are also important, such as price, durability, shape and ventilation. Read on to find out more!

Product points:

  • Easy to set up
  • Barato
  • Suitable for most parts
  • Premium option on MC500Mt

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  • Big and bulky
  • Plastic

Let’s start by comparing the Cooler Master MC500, a mid-sized ATX tower with useful handles on the top of the unit. Although the size and shape of this PC case is not the most ergonomic or compact, it is inexpensive and comes in several varieties.

However, note that the only models with handles attached to the unit are the MC500 and MC500Mt.

The

MC500 is the base model case, but is also available in several other styles. We mentioned the MC500Mt above, but it’s also included in the MC500P and MC500M, among others. However, these other styles (with the exception of the MC500Mt) do not have knobs, so they do not necessarily apply to this list.

The MC500 is a relatively simple black ATX tower case. Because it’s a plastic case, it’s very inexpensive and fits the size of any budget PC maker. Since this is a standard mid-tower case, most of the internal components fit without problems.

Unfortunately, this is where the problem arises. While it is roomy, it also means it will be heavier and difficult to move when you need it. But it can be a valuable trade-off for those willing to sacrifice a bit of portability for extra performance.

Those who are looking for something more attractive and modern should also take a look at the MC500Mt. The MC500Mt is black with red accents, not all black, and while it costs twice as much as the standard MC500, it looks a lot more sophisticated.

The MC500Mt’s handle is also more ergonomic, reducing some of the discomfort when carrying it.

Product points:

  • Medium
  • Additional carrying handles
  • RGB equipped
  • Barato

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  • May require smaller parts

Secondly, in the countdown we have another Cooler Master entry. However, the Q300P is very different from the previous MC500 we saw. First, the Q300P is a mATX case, which means it will be a lot easier to maneuver for anyone who wants to move it to another location.

However, the handles on this device are placed in an interesting way. There are only four handles on this device instead of the usual one or two, and each is located in a corner. This means that when your suitcase is stationary, it will rest on two of these handles, which form a “stand” for the base of the device.

Although equipped with RGB LEDs and USB 3.0 ports, this unit is actually cheaper than the previous MC500. While this makes sense since it’s smaller, in addition to size, it’s a lot better for your money. Also, while the Q300P only comes in one variety, the customizable LEDs make it much more versatile in terms of color.

Overall, this is an amazing case, not to mention popular. It reaches a single point between price, size and features. In addition, it has a visual interest that puts it above the competition. While you may need to find a few smaller parts to get your build up and running, you can’t go wrong with this chassis.

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  • Most laptop cases
  • Retractable handle hides when not in use
  • Attractive metal housing in two colors.
  • Reasonable price

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  • This requires small components that will fit in the case.

El Lian Li TU150 leads PC assembly in a completely different direction than in the previous two cases. In appearance, it is very similar to a briefcase or suitcase. The case also features a briefcase-style handle that folds and unfolds when not in use, which is great for the case’s aesthetic.

Unlike the previous two styles, this case also comes in two different colors. Although they are both very similar, you can choose dark silver or light silver for this case, allowing for more flexible styling.

This Lian Li case is also the only ITX case in this lineup. While ITX cases usually require some compromise on the size of your PC components, the shape of this unit is relatively boxy and boxy, making it easy to find parts that work well for your build.

Our favorite part of the case is how stylish and modern it looks. The metallic look of this chassis is already very eye-catching, but other design cues are being used to take the chassis to the next level. If you’re going to have a small PC that can be carried around in style, it doesn’t get much better than the TU150.

Surprisingly, the TU150 isn’t that expensive either – it’s in the same price range as the previous Cooler Master MC500. While this makes it a little more expensive for an ITX chassis, you won’t find a more portable chassis on this list.

Because ITX chassis have the smallest form factor, they are the most portable by default. All in all, if you’re looking to maximize portability and don’t mind paying more for smaller components, this is a great option to consider.

Product points:

  • Custom shape makes it easy to buy parts
  • Barato

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  • ugly
  • Not enough real “handles”.

Then we have another Cooler Master PC case that will take its place in our lineup. This is another ATX case, and it’s a bit different from the models we’ve seen so far. This model is a network box-style PC case, and instead of being tall and long, it’s wide and squat, unlike most PC cases.

This and the standard ATX size make it easy to fit anything in this case. As for appearance, the XAF XB Evo is nothing special. One might even object that it is rather ugly. However, while it’s not the most affordable option on our list, it’s inexpensive and unique.

While this case may lack looks, it really shines through in reliability. This is a serious case that emphasizes ease of use over bells and whistles. While some people may not want to sacrifice looks for functionality, if you’re willing to make that kind of compromise, this is a good option.

The only negative feature of this case is the handles. This suitcase does not have a real handle, but grip holes on each side. While these pens will do the job, they are not as comfortable or easy to use as regular pens. If this suitcase becomes too heavy, it may be inconvenient to carry it with the included handles.

Product points:

  • Good compromise between size and portability
  • Extremely affordable
  • Attractive tri-colour options

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RexGear 2 is an exciting addition to this lineup and a great model to round out our comparison. Another mATX case, it has a very attractive aesthetic compared to many of the options on this list. This model uses the “X” theme, which is clearly inspired by the device’s many design choices.

Exclusive to the options on this list, the RexGear 2 comes in three different styles: black on white, red on black and all black. This gives you a bit more space when it comes to styling options. While the body is all plastic, it’s stylish enough not to look dated.

However, what is really unusual about this device is its price. The cheapest option in our range, this device is indispensable if you are looking for an inexpensive yet stylish carrying case. Although the handles are not as advanced as Lian Li’s, for example, they do the job.

Although this model has been around for a while, it’s a bit older but still a great option for those looking for an inexpensive laptop case.

The only downside to be aware of is that the side window on this case is rather small and made of plastic rather than glass. Thus, if you want to showcase the internals of your laptop, this might not be the best option for you.

Conclusion

It’s not very often that it comes with a really respectable desktop computer (especially with pens), so our list on this topic is pretty short. However, other than that, this list definitely has something for everyone! There are a few more PC cases that seem to have risen to the top of the rankings.

First off, the Cooler Master Q300P seems to be the absolute winner in terms of overall efficiency. It’s a great compromise between modern features, portability, size and price. Plus, it also features RGB LEDs so your build starts on the right foot!

Secondly, it is clear that the Nanoxia RexGear 2 is the best budget option. Almost half the time in this lineup, the RexGear 2 is incredibly inexpensive. If you’re willing to put up with a slightly less modern chassis than the Q300P, this is a great option.

However, the best premium option and most attractive case on this list in our opinion is the Lian Li TU150 .