Lian Li is one of the best known brands if you happen to like high quality cases in the PC world. In fact, it wouldn’t be silly to say that this brand was once the only choice if you happen to want something really different, top of the range and impressive when looking.
However, as not all consumers are ready to spend real money on a box, the manufacturer had to lower its targets a bit. But is it bad? Having Lian Li in the lower ranges of the market can be brutal, and in fact, we have proof of this here.
(Analysis) Lian Li Lancool 215: Build quality at a low price (€ 69.90 or € 69 with Coupon ‘GDLEAK20’ at Globaldata)
So, what happened when Lian Li tried to create a mid-tower box for around 70 €? Well, we have the Lancool 215, a cheap box, but which is still beautiful, and in fact, also offers several of the specifics that a really premium box has to offer.
In short, everything is here! We have excellent airflow, two large and really impressive ARGB fans, cover for the fountain, tempered glass, modular options for storage, plus excellent storage and build quality. In other words, we have a real Lian Li, at a price that will not ruin your bank account!
Performance and Finishes
When we talk about a Lian Li box, it is obvious that we are waiting for extra attention to detail. Well, for the lowest price, this has not been forgotten here. After all, even on the glass we have black edges to hide the fittings and screws, all in the name of ‘aesthetics’.
However, in terms of performance and airflow, things are also very well thought out. After all, in the airflow field, the mesh front panel makes a simply brutal combination with the two 200mm ARGB fans. What is clear is that the cooling performance of this box, as soon as you take it home (that is, without more fans) is really very good and more than enough for any casual user.
Note: The front fans are Lian-Li’s own design, they are not particularly fast (800 RPM), but they are so big that the amount of air moved is really incredible.
Of course, there are some places where we can see that the brand saved some change, like some hard plastic in places where we would normally see metal. But in my opinion, it is not something that affects the appearance or the value of the box. After all, we are talking about a ‘budget’ box, we cannot expect to eat lobster at the price of a drink. (But look, this was good for crayfish!)
However, we also have magnetic dust filters, as well as space to fit more 120mm or 140mm fans. Interestingly, the IO panel even includes an RGB lighting controller button (we have a physical controller on the back), right next to the USB 3.0 ports, Power button and Reset button.
Finally, the rear is completely normal, without any features worth mentioning.
Interior and Assembly
To realize what a € 70 Lian-Li is worth, we decided to do a relatively normal assembly with an NZXT N7 Z390 motherboard, an Intel Core i5-9600K, 16GB of RAM from G.Skill and even a KFA2 RTX 2060 Super.
But this is where we realize the value of the brand. After all, when you remove the screws from the tempered glass or back panel, nothing falls to the floor, everything is in place and has to be slid. In addition, we can also see that there is a protective layer between the glass and the box itself, which is not only safer, but also helps to reduce vibration if you have a noisy machine.
The interior is super ‘clean’, thanks to the fact that the source and site for the SSD and HDD drives are hidden behind a cover. It is very easy to get a neat machine, even if you don’t have a great talent for straightening cables (like me eheh).
There are also several places to move and hide cables, so it’s really easy to get a beautiful and simple build.
Truth be told, there are plenty of good boxes in the current market. However, this Lian-Li managed to convince us. Especially since the brand was successful in the mission of bringing its quality to the lowest ranges in the market.
It is a box with a lot to offer, and really competitive in the features and extra hardware it brings with it. For this reason, it won our seal of recommendation.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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