The LIAN LI TU150 will be available for purchase on September 23, 2019, here in Canada but is it worth your hard-earned?
The LIAN LI TU150 is cool, very cool. The case is like that hot girl in high school we spent our school days dreaming about but never gave us a second thought. Her long flowing hair is highlighted by the summer sun. Her dimples that seem to draw us in every time she smiles. We lose our train of thought as her perfume dances its way inside our nose as she walks by without looking our way. We’re an adult with money now, and although we can’t buy our way into that school-girl crushes heart. We may be able to afford the LIAN LI TU150.
With its brushed aluminum and tempered glass side panels, this classic yet modern looking case is sure to turn some heads. It’s on the larger size of the ITX form factor but still smaller than some. In my opinion, its the right combination of size and versatility. It has room for a decent CPU cooler yet has a small enough footprint to allow you to put it almost anywhere or take it with you.
LIAN LI TU150 Specifications
|MODEL||LIAN LI TU150|
|DIMENSIONS||(D) 375 X (W) 203 X (H) 312 MM|
|MATERIAL||1.5MM ALUMINUM EXTERIOR (TOP/FRONT/RIGHT SIDE PANEL)1.0MM SPCC INTERIOR3.0MM TEMPERED GLASS LEFT SIDE PANEL|
|OPTIONAL FAN SPOT||1 X 120MM (FRONT) + 1 X 120MM (REAR) + 2 X 120MM (BASE)|
|RADIATOR||1 X 120MM (REAR)|
|DRIVES||2 X 2.5” SSD OR 1 X 2.5” SSD + 1 X 3.5” HDD|
|I/O PORTS||2 X USB 3.0, 1 X USB 3.1 TYPE C, 1 X HD AUDIO|
Much like we carry around the emotional baggage left by being rejected by our high school crush; The LIAN LI TU150 is portable. Unlike our emotional baggage, instead of clinging to and weighing down our soul. The TU150 case from LIAN LI comes with a convenient handle.
The LIAN LI TU150 is lightweight and easy to carry around with its built-in handle. The handle is mounted directly to the frame so you won’t need to worry about it coming off while in transport
The handle also collapses down flush into the top of the case for a clean look while you aren’t using it.
Cooling your components in the TU150 will be a breeze as it has ample cooling, which is often a struggle when building in ITX cases. No struggle here as the front of the case has room for one 120mm fan, as well as the rear of the case also, having space for a 120mm exhaust fan while the bottom has two slots for 120mm fans.
The case also can pack in a beefy CPU cooler with a clearance of up to 166mm. The 166mm clearance, is a pretty big plus for a mini ITX form factor case as a lot of mini ITX cases require you to use a low profile CPU cooler.
Note: the bottom fan slots do not have dust filters. The front intake does come with a dust filter, however. The bottom fan slots may also be a bit of a tight fit if you have a thick GPU installed.
Keeping the LIAN LI TU150 Clean
Trying to keep your case clean won’t be too much of an issue, as the front intake has an easy to remove dust filter. It could get a bit dusty inside if you use the bottom fan slots as intake, so that’s something to consider.
Cable management is pretty easy in the TU150 as the back has ample room for cables. You can also hide cables at the top of the case as the top comes off, leaving a little hidden compartment of sorts for cables.
The front I/O of the LIAN LI TU150 is very nice and clean looking. It comes with two USB 3.0, one USB Type C, audio and microphone jacks as well as a power and reset button. In my opinion, it is one of the nicer looking I/O setups going. Its super slick and clean looking design is for sure an eye-catcher.
Final Thoughts On The LIAN LI TU150
The LIAN LI TU150 coming in at $169.00CAD is in my opinion, one of the nicest ITX Cases on the market. I love the modern clean yet classic look of this case and with its ample cooling, room for a decent size graphics card and CPU cooler. There isn’t much you can’t do with this case. The build quality is very good in my opinion, the frame is sturdy, and all the corners and edges fit just as they should. I love it and if you are in the market for an ITX case that wont cook your gear or break the bank. The LIAN LI TU150 is worth a look. If you need something a little bigger that won’t break the bank. Take a look at my review of the MasterCase H500P from Cooler Master.