Lian Li Lancool II A case that makes a name for itself with its design and performance. Here in the Lian Li Lancool II Review.
Lian Li Lancool II at a glance
Packaging and scope of delivery
Lian Li Lancool II has packaged the Lancool II in an exemplary manner. The housing is stowed generously in styrofoam and foil. Both sides of the glass are also covered with a protective film on the outside and inside. The scope of delivery is housed in the HDD cage and consists of cable ties (Velcro and disposable), screws, and HDD decouplers. The manual is a somewhat uncomfortable leaflet, but it shows the features of the case in great detail and explains them well.
Dimensions 229 × 494 x 478 mm
Material steel, plastic, glass
Weight 11.3 kg
Format (E-) ATX, mATX, Mini-ITX
Slots – 3x 3.5 ″
– 4x 2.5 ″
Card slots 7
I / O panel – 2x USB 3.0
– Microphone and headphone jack
– Power button
– Reset button
– RGB buttons
Window yes (glass)
Fan control only lighting
Price 95 €
Radiators size depth
Front 120/140/240/280/360 mm to 110 mm
Lid 240 mm 65 mm including fan
Stern 120 mm
A fan can be pre-installed
Front 3x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm 1x 120 mm
Lid 2x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm 1x 120 mm
Rear 1x 120 mm 1x 120 mm
other 2x 120 mm on cover
Max. Radiator height 173 mm
Max. GPU length 384 mm
Space behind the tray 25 mm
Lian Li Lancool II in detail
We have the white version of the Lian Li Lancool II, in which the outer chassis is white. The interior is still black.
The design note of the Lancool II lies between gaming and noble, with a slightly stronger tendency towards the first. The days of the very conventionally designed Lian Li Lancool IInoble aluminum cases are long gone, Lian Li Lancool II has also arrived in the mainstream market and that includes the 95 € low-priced Lancool II very high level!
The lavishly dimensioned tower is of course not made of aluminum for less than € 100, but at least the front is made of steel. Plastic is only available as a barely visible substructure for the front. The beveled surfaces on the front have air inlets approx. 38 mm wide with removable dust filters. These are simply magnetically attached.
In each of the air cut-outs, there is a digital RGB-LED strip, which illuminates the air opening evenly and strongly. Control via a 5V mainboard header as well as via the housing buttons is possible.
120 mm fan on a bracket
The front can be easily removed thanks to the wireless contact! Behind it is the bracket for the fan, which can be moved in 4 ways. Either further into the housing or further out.
Lian Li Lancool II opted for “tempered glass” for both side parts, with this being designed as a door with stable hinges on both sides. It only extends over the inner main chamber and merges flush with steel that covers the power supply area. The steel section is also designed as a door on both sides with hinges attached below. Both glass and steel doors are held in place by very strong magnets and close absolutely tight even with protruding and thick power supply cables.
I / O panel with dust filter
The I / O panel is integrated into the steel cover slightly recessed, so the ports are cut directly into the steel. The two buttons on the left are used to control the lighting. Both the color (button C) and the effects (button M) can be determined. In addition to the preset effects (rainbow, breathing, flashing, etc.) and colors, it can also be configured via a mainboard with an ARGB header.
There is also a reset button and the white illuminated power button in the middle. The audio port is a 4-pin connector that combines input and output. There are two USB 3.0 ports next to it. At the outer edge, a port is closed by a rubber dust cover, but underneath there is only a “hole”. A modern USB Type-C port can be retrofitted here in the form of the modular aftermarket principle, which costs almost € 15. More on that later.
The stylish fan grille under the white dust filter extends over the entire width of the case. Here not only two fans in 120 or 140 mm size can be installed, but also radiators. However, despite the width, this is the end of 240 mm and a maximum of 65 mm. A 120 mm fan with 1300 rpm is already installed at the rear, just like in the rear and the front. The speeds can be reduced below the 400 rpm mark with pleasant running noise
The underside is covered with a pull-out dust filter in the area of the power supply unit
The two-part interior is clear, but also offers some features. Next to the tray for an (E-) ATX mainboard is a cable entry. For wider E-ATX boards, this can be rotated 180 ° and gives more space for the mainboard without having to do without the cover. It is complemented by two more openings above and below the board, perfect!
The perforated power supply partition has a removable cover that can be removed to create space for radiators. Depending on how you insert the fan frame in the front, there is 50 – 110 mm space for radiators. The fan frame can be rotated and moved in two stages so that the fans can either be moved closer to the mainboard or leave space for radiators. It is only necessary to ensure that no 140/280 radiators are placed on the inside of the bracket, as this can bend.
Fans can be mounted on the cover under the GPU. However, since the fresh air supply is rather low here and the power supply blocks the fan, the benefit is limited.
The HDD slots can be reached from the left under the cover. The data carriers are simply placed in the frame and pushed in, done.
On the back, Lian Li Lancool II shows us how cable management should look, especially when the right-side panel is made of glass and is therefore transparent. All cables are covered with large steel covers. These are big and strong enough to completely hide stubborn, thick cables, even without great care. The only thing you can see afterward are the SSDs, which are mounted on mounting plates. Two more on the inside of the side flap.
Lancool II cable management
Without cable cover
A minimum of 210 mm is available for the power supply unit. The HDD cage can, on the one hand, be moved to the front in several stages, or it can be removed completely. Above the tray cutout and thus under the cable cover there is also a mounting plate on which the fan or RGB controller can be found.
Features cost extra
For less than 100 € the Lian Li Lancool II offers a lot of space, features, and a very good quality. This is also possible through purchase options that are generally well balanced. For example, there is a matching LED strip or a hot-swap extension for the HDD slots. Features that many can safely do without and therefore do not have to be co-financed. The situation is different with the USB-Type-C port, whose purchase option is angry. This is simply part of a current case for € 100! The extensions to vertical GPU mounting (with riser cable) and the GPU support are somewhere between “mandatory” and “dispensable extra” and are certainly bearable.