Lian-Li TU150’s hidden handle hides cables, too

That Lian-Li had a Mini-ITX case to show off at CES 2019 isn't that notable, but the TU150 we saw in the company's suite had a couple of nifty surprises. 

There's a hidden handle on top that pops out so you can easily carry the case. When you don't need it, the handle lays flush with the top panel of the chassis, marked only by some space on either side so your fingers can reach down and grip it. But when you lift it up, the handle extends out to give you something that's easy to grab.  

In designing the handle, a Lian-Li rep told me, they stumbled onto a solution for cable management. Because the extendable handle takes up some depth—an inch or so, it seems—they had a lot of extra space along the top of the TU150 to work with. They opted to use it for cable management. They fit the fan controller hub in there as well, because hey, why not. 

That leaves the back of the motherboard more free of cable clutter. Lian-Li hasn't taken much advantage of the newfound tidiness, though, by using a standard opaque side panel on othe right side. Maybe that would be a nice spot for a second tempered-glass panel and some RGB lighting strips. 

However, the main side panel that shows off the goods is tempered glass, which is always a nice touch. It lets you see the two 120-mm LED-lit fans, one on the back and one in the front, that are included with the case. A Lian-Li rep said the idea was to align the fans and create a "wind tunnel" of sorts. 

The TU150 is designed to accommodate large components, including a full-size graphics card. It has clearance for a 175-mm CPU cooler, and indeed, the demo unit has a beefy one inside. The whole case is tool-less, so you can easily pull off panels as need be with your bare hands. A power button, two USB 3.1 ports, and two audio inputs adorn the top of the chassis.

You can enjoy the handle and the cable management it affords soon. The TU150 is coming in Q2, or may possibly slide into Q3, according to Lian-Li, and it will cost $99.

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    • K-L-Waster
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<] Lian-Li hasn't taken much advantage of the newfound tidiness, though, by using a standard opaque side panel on othe right side. Maybe that would be a nice spot for a second tempered-glass panel and some RGB lighting strips. [/quote<] By all that is holy, do *not* give them any ideas. #StopTheRGBApocalypse

      • Krogoth
      • 9 months ago

      #ThereAreNoBreaksOnTheRGBTrain

      • shaq_mobile
      • 9 months ago

      Yeah I’m thankful for their conservative design.

      • Ummagumma
      • 9 months ago

      Computers should not be heard nor seen.

      #StopTheRGBApocalypse

        • daniel123456
        • 9 months ago

        You can always tell a Milford man

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        I would like to hear and see less of you too. Make it happen.

      • Flying Fox
      • 9 months ago

      Will they sell a version [i<]without[/i<] the glass at all?

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        How else are people going to see the GeForce GTX without a window? Explain that.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 9 months ago

          It shall toil in silent anonymity. Only it’s megapixels shall mark its presence.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 9 months ago

    Like the case a lot, but the lack of a USB-C port is disturbing.

      • albundy
      • 9 months ago

      it takes a lot of time from design to product. i’m sure it goes through many revisions before its finalized, then has to go to several metal factories as not all the parts come from one place. i’m still rocking an antec 300. i ripped out the old usb 2.0 cabling and hot glued usb A 3.0 and usb C extension cables to the original molding to keep it looking clean, going through the case and to the back panel.

    • shaq_mobile
    • 9 months ago

    I like Lian Li’s cases a lot, but they’ve lost a lot of traction as everyone else has started to catch up in quality. Used to be a $50 case was a sure way to look like a suicide victim after a build. Now it’s a very valid price point for a quality case.

    I guess $99 isn’t bad for a case, it just seems like lan parties are a lot less common, so designing around them seems far more gimmicky. That being said, Lian Li have never let me down, except when i bought “fridgevader” (one of their earlier attempts at a cube case with brushed black aluminum). Worst case I’ve ever owned.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 months ago

      If you look at footage from some of the biggest LAN parties in the world (Dreamhack, Insomnia) you’ll notice that most of the traditional gaming PCs in there are ones put there by sponsors for specific tournaments.

      In the BYOC sections, where people sit at trestle tables on folding chairs, it’s overwhelmingly dominated by gaming laptops. Desktop PCs at LAN parties are a dying breed, because the LAN party itself has evolved into a larger-scale (inter)national event that requires more travel. Desktop PC’s just don’t travel well and you can buy a half-decent gaming laptop for $600 and that’s potentially cheaper than the return travel costs and accommodation during the event.

        • jihadjoe
        • 9 months ago

        Yeah I normally hate on DTRs but it’s still better than lugging along a monitor, no matter how small your case might be. The drawback of bad battery life is a non-issue if you’re gonna be plugged in all the time.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 9 months ago

        That’s a good point. Gaming laptops are much more practical than they used to be.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        And the frail nerds would suffer at least herniated disc trying to move their PCs. Don’t undersell that point.

      • mudcore
      • 9 months ago

      The TU200 predecessor in this series was about a $180 case. Though it really was top notch quality aluminum for nearly every part. For $99 I don’t think this is case is at a bad price point. Though I’m with the other comment about no USB Type-C port in a Q2 2019 release is a major issue to me.

      I think these companies should focus more towards content creation industries. Particularly where needing real desktop performance on location can be beneficial. But there’s a lot that would need to change to make that ideal. I think targeting gamers isn’t the wisest. Like Chrispy mentions most hardcore LAN goers use gaming laptops and if you’re the type who does it once or twice a year just dealing with a reasonable mid tower ATX case isn’t *that* bad. But industry applications? I could see it.

        • Redocbew
        • 9 months ago

        I’m not sure I get it either. The problem with making an ATX case portable isn’t so much the case its self, but the fact that you’ve got hook up a monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, and maybe speakers as well. Now you’ve got multiple different things to carry around plus all their attendant power bricks and cables instead of just putting a big-ish laptop in your pack and walking out the door.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 9 months ago

        Yeah seems like the lan case gimmick just doesn’t fit anymore. What changes would better great it for content creators? The USBC ports?

        • Spunjji
        • 9 months ago

        I’m probably one of the few people out there who (and whose friends) regularly shift PCs around for games. Albeit, even I’m now back to having a laptop… which says a lot. My other friends who do this mostly have ATX cases, because once you’re picking up and carrying the monitor, keyboard etc. around the size of the case isn’t such a huge deal.

        If they supplied a sort of “bumper case” for this (i.e. clip-on rubber reinforcement for the corners) I agree that it could do mightily well for industry applications.

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