Lian Li O11 Air Mini Review
Published: 10th September 2021 | Source: OC3D Internal Testing | Price: £109.99 |
Entering the Lian Li O11 Air
Presenting the cube! Well, not quite; at 400mm x 228mm x 384mm (D, W, H), this case is more cuboid. Even so, this case offers a very monolithic appearance, something that might even be more striking with the case's more affordable Black variant.
When compared to Lian Li's Dynamic O11 Mini, the first thing that we noticed is that this case now features a front-mounted mesh panel (replacing the Dynamic's Tempered Glass) and a redesigned top mesh that matched the case's front.
Being 400mm tall, the O11 Air Mini is short for a full ATX case, which may be what you want, depending on your situation.
At the other side of the case, we can see two sets of matching mesh, with the left acting as an exhaust for the case (should users mount fans to the right of the system's motherboard tray), while the right side of the back panel's mesh acts as an intake for the case's PSU mounting position.
With this design, PSUs can intake air from the outside of the enclosure, and any 2.5/3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs within the system will be able to benefit from some passive airflow.
At the rear of the Lian Li O11 Air Mini we can see the system's rear-mounted 120mm fan (which is white for this version of the case), 7 PCIe slots, space for a full-sized ATX power supply and a cover that allows users to access two 3.5-inch mounting positions.
At the top of the O11 Air Mini are a standard power on/off button, two USB 3.0 ports, a single UCB 3.1 Type-C connection, and an HD audio in/out connector.
At the top of the case, there is space for up to three 120mm fans and two 140mm fans. The top of this case can also support a 240mm or 280m liquid cooling radiator when configured correctly. Note that liquid cooling radiators may not be supported on this position with ATX motherboards.
Here we can see that the Lian Li O11 Air Mini has enough space inside of it for most modern hardware setups. At the right of the motherboard tray is space for two 120mm fans. These fans are only useful when the other side of the case is not used to contain two 3.5-inch HDDs or other devices.
This chassis supports CPU coolers up to167mm tall and graphics cards up to 362mm long. EATX motherboards that are up to 280mm wide are also supported.
Below we can also see the handle for the case's bottom-mounted dust filter.
Below we can see cable grommets at the edge of the O11 Air Mini's motherboard tray, which are designed to support MITX, MATX and ATX motherboard sizes.
At the rear of Lian Li's O11 Air is support for two 2.5/3.5-inch HDDs at the right of the case, support for two 2.5-inch drives through the case's central support and a mount that supports up to two 3.5-inch HDs that can be accessed from the back of the enclosure.
This case supports ATX PSUs that are up to 200mm in length. Longer PSUs will not fit into this case.
Even without trying, it is easy to build a system within the Lian Li Air Mini without much visible cable clutter. Cables are easily hidden behind this case's central support pillar, which makes building a tidy PC within this case a simple process.
On the other side, we have a similar story. However, there is no easy cable management route for this case's front two fans. This leaves us with some unnecessary cable mess, which will take some effort to today up.