Lian Li LANCOOL III Review - The Best Case of 2022?

Conclusion

Lian Li LANCOOL III Review - The Best Case of 2022

Conclusion - We love it!

It has been a while since we have been this enthusiastic about a new PC case. As people who review PC components for a living, it is easy to differentiate the cases that are built for PC enthusiasts and PC cases that are built for mass market profitability. The Lian Li LANCOOL III is definately the former.

While the case may look fairly standard and understated from the outside, the LANCOOL III is a case that gets all of the small details right, and adds extras that other case manufacturers either would consider or would simple deem as too expensive. There is a feeling of luxury when using the LANCOOL III that simply is not there with most other cases in this price bracket, which is really saying something for a case that costs £169.99 (white RGB model, other models are cheaper), and that really say something about LIAN LI's design team. 

Even simple things like opening the LANCOOL III's side panels are a joy. LIAN LI has created a unique mechanism for opening this case's tempered glass side panels that is simple a joy to use. We actually had difficulty opening this case's side panel initially, as we simply did not expect a non-standard opening mechanism. Instead of grabbing and pulling the windowed panel like a savage, LIAN LI has given us a graceful latch. 

Unlike other manufacturers, LIAN LI has also chosen not to release their LANCOOL III with the standard three case options with a tempered glass front panel, a steel front panel and a mesh front panel. LIAN LI knows that a mesh panel is best for cooling, and that is why there is only a mesh option here. This case is a lanCOOL, not a LanHOT. They also opted to even ship the cheaper models with four 140mm fans, ensuring that all models ship with an effective cooling setup out of the box. Most other manufacturers ship their non-RGB models with fewer fans to cut costs, often compromising their case's thermals in the process. 

Lian Li LANCOOL III Review - The Best Case of 2022?

Thermally, the LIAN LI LANCOOL III delivers strong results. While this case is not the best case that we have ever tested from a thermal perspective, it delivers results are are amongst the best that we have tested. Beyond that, this case has so much room for HDDs, SSDs and accessories, none of which will dramatically change this case's airflow pattern. That's great news for workstation users, or those "creators" that the industry keeps telling us about.

When it comes to cable management, the LANCOOL III can have most of its cables hidden behind panels on the rear of its motherboard tray. This allows users of the LANCOOL III to create some incredibly tidy systems, even if they use a lot of storage drives and other accessories. We can also see users of this case customising these panels with custom artwork, giving something more for users to look at behind this case's rear side panel.

Internally, the LANCOOL III is a huge chassis, with enough space to fit large radiators, reservoirs, or distribution blocks. This case can be a water cooler's dream, and support for large E-ATX motherboard and a lot of storage drives makes this case a great home for a workstation. 

Honestly, this is the best PC case that we have reviewed so far in 2022. It's a case that we want to use for new PC builds, and a case that we would honestly use for our own personal systems. This is a case that we loved working with, and it certainly has the "I want this on my desk" factor. Lian Li have done a great job creating the LANCOOL III, which is why we think this case is worthy of the rarely given OC3D White Gold Award, our highest honour. 

- In the UK, LIAN LI's LANCOOL III is available to purchase from Overclockers UK.

Lian Li LANCOOL III Review - The Best Case of 2022

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15-07-2022, 11:39:44

Peace –
The opening part of the article is misleading as in the 2nd page's top picture AND the table on the bottom of the 1st page, it's cleary visible and said that the RGB version does NOT ship with a rear mounted fan...
//EDIT: This means that not all versions ship with the same amount of fans. Later in the article it's said that usually, manufacturers ship their non-RGB versions with less fans and LianLi are a good example of the opposite.

The 1000 RPM Testing graph also doesn't have a green indicator for the case.



Otherwise it's a darn sexy case for this price! Sorry for the nitpicking!Quote

15-07-2022, 12:49:36

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peace √ź View Post
The opening part of the article is misleading as in the 2nd page's top picture AND the table on the bottom of the 1st page, it's cleary visible and said that the RGB version does NOT ship with a rear mounted fan...
//EDIT: This means that not all versions ship with the same amount of fans. Later in the article it's said that usually, manufacturers ship their non-RGB versions with less fans and LianLi are a good example of the opposite.

The 1000 RPM Testing graph also doesn't have a green indicator for the case.



Otherwise it's a darn sexy case for this price! Sorry for the nitpicking!
It does ship with a rear 140mm fan. The picture on the second page is must be an out of date image from Lian Li. I will fix that shortly. I will also make sure the charts are fixed.Quote

15-07-2022, 13:16:50

AlienALX
Amazing case.

I built in the Lancool ages ago (for a PC I was selling off) and it was incredible. I then saw all of the improvements they made to the LCII. So much so that when my pal asked me to order him a case from OCUK (because I get free shipping) I actually chucked in £30 and bought him the LCII rather than the case he wanted. He was absolutely thrilled.

It's so nice to see the ingenuity going into this case. Lian Li are deffo OGs, so it's nice to see them still really pushing the envelope. Those front "handles" are a genius touch.

It's just the sheer engineering pron that goes into this stuff. Incredible !!Quote

16-07-2022, 11:32:23

Lonestar166
As always, an excellent review Guv. Will you eventually do a gaming build for us in this case? I see and understand your enthusiasm regarding this case, it definitely ticks a lot of boxes for me as well. It may very well be the case I choose for my new build. I just did a quick check online and I'm not sure if it is available yet here in Toronto Canada.
Cheers Tiny One, have a great day, hi to puss.Quote

16-07-2022, 18:41:58

Dawelio
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Amazing case.

I built in the Lancool ages ago (for a PC I was selling off) and it was incredible. I then saw all of the improvements they made to the LCII. So much so that when my pal asked me to order him a case from OCUK (because I get free shipping) I actually chucked in £30 and bought him the LCII rather than the case he wanted. He was absolutely thrilled.

It's so nice to see the ingenuity going into this case. Lian Li are deffo OGs, so it's nice to see them still really pushing the envelope. Those front "handles" are a genius touch.

It's just the sheer engineering pron that goes into this stuff. Incredible !!
Yeah, totally agree. Just look at their UniFans, such an innovation in itself and they just keep on innovating them, new connectors, removeable corner connectors if you don’t want them etc.

Lian Li is certainly one of the very few companies that are genuine enthusiasts and that are bringing both innovation and customer feedback to their products.

Not like Corsair, who still haven’t figured out their headache of cable management mess that is their fans. And iCUE as I’ve read many still dislike a lot.Quote
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