The first thing that I noticed about the PC-Q06 was actually how small it is. It is only 205mm x 210mm x 250mm, making it one of the smallest cases we have reviewed here at ThinkComputers. We received the black version of the case but it also comes in silver in red. The entire chassis is made of aluminum and this is something that sets Lian Li cases apart from others; the brushed aluminum really catches your eye and the ENTIRE case is aluminum, no plastic front bezel or anything. The front of the case is simple with a single 5.25-inch drive bay and power and reset buttons. Towards the bottom of the case you have your HD audio connections and 2 USB 3.0 connections. It is great to see companies making USB 3.0 standard on cases now.
Looking at the top of the case you will notice that it is open. This is because your optical drive and hard drive are going to sit right under your motherboard, which is to be placed directly on top of the case. Most test benches are designed this way for easy access to the motherboard. The PC-Q06 only supports Mini-ITX motherboards, although there is an ATX expansion tray, but it is not included.
Moving around back there we see thumbscrews, something that is a staple on Lian Li cases. These thumbscrews are on a cover that can be removed. This cover has a hole in it for routing your cables. Also you will notice that this case fits a normal-sized ATX power supply, which is impressive.
Now since the power supply will be taking up most of the inside of the PC-Q06 a fan filter on the bottom of the case has been included. It can be easily removed for cleaning. There are 4 feet that will keep the case off the ground.
To get inside the case you have to remove 6 screws on either side of the side panel. This is quite a lot of screws for this small of a panel and I really don’t like screws on a side panel because if you slip with a screwdriver you could possibly scratch the side of the panel. Once inside you can see there really is not much room inside at all.
There are 2 really only 3 things that will go inside of the case; your power supply, optical drive and hard drive. The optical drive has a simple placement and the power supply has a bracket that will lift it off the bottom of the case for airflow.