A portable desktop is considered by my most to be an oxymoron; the words don’t seem to work together. The key thing that most people don’t consider is LAN parties are awesome and PC enthusiast really like James Bond type gadgets. Lian-Li knows this well as they’ve released another briefcase style chassis called the TU100. This is one excellent case for those who want to go to LAN parties in style.
The 158 x 275 x 242 mm (6.2” x 10.8” x 9.5”) case is compact, exceptionally strong, and designed for portable gaming. It can house two 2.5″ drives, one slim ODD drive (or another 2.5″ drive), and a graphics card up to 7.4 inches (190 mm) in length. This does limit you to low profile and compact graphics cards, but it also helps with portability.
The Lian-Li PC-TU100 will compliment its brother, the larger PC-TU200, in this unique market space. With its increased portability due to a much smaller form factor, this chassis could be just what you need for gaming on the go. And for the pleasure of owning one, you must part with $109 US dollars. Check out the video below!
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Lian Li Releases the Even More Compact Briefcase Chassis – PC-TU100
Portable Mini-ITX Chassis for the Ultimate LAN System
29 May 2013 – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is pleased to announce their newest edition to the briefcase chassis “TU” series – PC-TU100 Mini-ITX Chassis. More compact than the PC-TU200, the fully aluminum PC-TU100 is the ideal choice for the ultimate LAN rig with its top-mounted handle and its support for the latest powerful low profile graphics card. The stylish retro “007-esque” design of the chassis is sure to garner much attention.
Portable Gaming Hardware
With dimensions of (WxHxD) 158 x 275 x 242 mm (6.2” x 10.8” x 9.5”) and a weight of 1.77 kg (3.9 lb), the PC-TU100 holds the hardware necessary for a portable gaming system while being primed and ready for transport. Two 2.5” hard drives or SSDs can be mounted on the bottom drive rack. An additional 2.5” drive can be placed in the slim optical drive bay, if no optical drive is installed.
Graphics cards up to 190 mm can be installed in the chassis – enough room for some of the latest small form factor graphics cards. The PC-TU100 supports SFX power supplies up to 170 mm.
Lian Li has engineered the case for maximum airflow. A tool-less mounted 120 mm intake fan with a removable air filter at the front of the chassis blows air across the integral components. With no drive cage blocking the fan, the air flows unrestricted through the case. Well-placed vents on the side and the rear of the case ensures the hot air escapes.
Simple Release Side Panels
Similar to the PC-TU200, the side panels of the PC-TU100 are unlatched with just a push of the release lever on the back panel. Putting the panel back on is a simple push to lock the anchoring pins back into their sockets.
The front panel contains the dual LED illuminated power button that glows blue when on and purple when loading. The I/O panel at the bottom of the front panel contains two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections.
Price and Availability
The PC-TU100 will be available in silver and black at the end of June for the suggested retail price of US$109.99.