Lian Li Lancool One chassis blends the best of past and present

Lian Li made its name with massive, featureless aluminum monoliths, but nobody can ignore the RGB LED craze. Enter the Lancool One. This case's front panel takes Lian Li's signature brushed-aluminum stylings and blends them with an RGB LED-accent that cleverly doubles as an ambient light source for the interior of the chassis.

That RGB LED accent shines through a cut-out on the semi-open front panel. Vents around the edges of the panel allow the included 120-mm front fan to breathe. Another 120-mm fan comes installed on the Lancool One's rear fan mount. The case has ample room for extra fans, as well. The front panel can accept two more 120-mm spinners or 140-mm air movers. The top panel can take another three 120-mm fans or two 140-mm units. Two more 120-mm fan mounts on the Lancool One's convertible PSU shroud can move air between the chambers, too.

As for cooling hardware, the Lancool One can swallow radiators as large as 280 mm or 360 mm on its front panel, another 360-mm radiator on its top panel (but no 280-mm units), and another 120-mm radiator at its rear. Tower-style air coolers as tall as 6.9″ (175 mm) and graphics cards as long as 16.5″ (420 mm) will find a home in the Lancool One, as well. As a mid-tower case, the Lancool One offers seven primary expansion slots and two more vertical slots for builders who want to tip their graphics cards on their sides.

For storage, the Lancool One has two dedicated 2.5″ trays on the back of its motherboard, another two 2.5″ mounts on top of the PSU shroud, and two 3.5″ cages underneath its PSU shroud. The top, front, and bottom air intakes of the Lancool One all come with magnetic dust filters to keep builds clean, something builders will appreciate thanks to the case's tempered-glass left side panel.

Lian-Li makes the Lancool One available in two versions. The standard model has traditional RGB LED lighting and no USB Type-C connector on its top panel, while the Lancool One Digital offers a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector and fully-addressable RGB LED accents. The standard Lancool One rings in at a reasonable $89.99 on Newegg, while the Lancool One Digital commands an extra $10. Both cases are available now on Newegg.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 1 year ago

    I had a Lian Li mATX case for the SO’s system.

    It was nice looking, but the anodizing was too easy to scratch, and while light, the case was also easy to damage structurally.

    While heavier, Fractal Design has taken the place of Lian Li for me, often at a cheaper cost. It’s definitely more durable and flexible, and, you actually get a fan or two of decent quality (my Lian Li cases came with no fans, at least back when I got them).

    • ywf314
    • 1 year ago

    I’m going to stick with my 600t until manufacturers put optical bays back in cases. All these cases released in recent years are useless.

      • OptimumSlinky
      • 1 year ago

      Fractal and Phanteks make some with optical bays still.

      But the reality is most people don’t use discs anymore. I keep an optical in case I need to re-encode a disc from my music collection (300+ CDs), but other than that with a USB for Windows installations and Steam/GOG for games, it doesn’t get much use. I imagine most others are the same.

        • sconesy
        • 1 year ago

        5.25″ bays will never come back. But there’s no compelling reason to upgrade to a brand new case either, besides aesthetics. The only functional thing most older cases are missing is any 2.5″ bays, and you can easily add those with a 3.5″ or 5.25″ adapter, or just go m.2 for storage.

        Ya boi is still burning cds for the car though. Optical > USB for car audio.

        • homerdog
        • 1 year ago

        5.25″ bays are useful for things other than disc drives. E.G. card readers and more USB ports since most cases only have 2 on the front panel for some bizarre reason.

          • LoneWolf15
          • 1 year ago

          Fan controllers too. I have a high quality Lamptron fan controller in my Corsair 650D with rheostats that displays individual fan RPMs and voltage-per-fan. I could change it (if I wanted to install the sensors) to display temperature in each fan zone instead, but I don’t really want the additional wires.

      • NTMBK
      • 1 year ago

      Yup. It doesn’t need to be a full 5.25″ bay either- a slimline optical bay really doesn’t take up much space, but adds a lot of functionality.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 1 year ago

      I just recently reinstalled Sid Meier’s Railroads, which wouldn’t be possible without an optical drive. I can understand not having one on a laptop, where size is the key concern, but a mid/full tower case…

        • ColeLT1
        • 1 year ago

        USB drive, then put it away in a draw for another few years.

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