The Lancool 215 is the new midi tower from Lian Li. With this tower, Lian Li not only wants to bring a breath of fresh air into the case, but also refresh the case market. With a large mesh grille front and the very large 200 mm RGB fans behind it, this targeted goal should succeed. However, this is not the only thing that the midi tower from Lian Li has to offer. Good airflow, good visibility into the case and a chic design are also on the list.
In the following review, we will go into the other points. How well does the Lian Li Lancool 215 perform when installing our test components and how is the cable management in the rear part of the case organized? How does the front with the very large RGB fans work in operation and does it bring enough fresh air inside the case? You can find out about this and more in our review.
|Dimensions (D x W x H)||462 mm x 215 mm x 482 mm|
|Material||0.75 mm SGCC & 4.0 mm tempered glass|
|Mainboard||E-ATX(under 280 mm)/ATX/M-ATX/ITX|
|HDD/SSD Support||2 x 2.5″ SSD and 2 x 3.5″ HDD|
|Front I/O ports||Power button; Reset button; LED button; 1 x HD AUDIO; 2 x USB 3.0|
|Fan||2 x 200 mm 3-PIN 800 RPM ARGB fans (front)
1x 120 mm 3-PIN 1100 RPM fan
|Fan Support||Front: 2 x 140 mm or 3 x 120 mm Top: 2 x 120 mm or 2 x 140 mm Above PSU chamber: 2 x 120 mm|
|Radiator Support||Front: 1 x 280/360 mm Top: 1 x 240 / 280 mm|
|VGA length||370 mm|
|CPU Clearance||166 mm|
|Dust filter||1 x top (magnetic), 1 x bottom (tray)|
Delivered is the Lian Li Lancool 215 as always in a classic brown box. From the outside we can already see what is inside. After the case has been pulled out of the box, we can already see how it has been secured, also in the classic way via two styrofoam supports and plastic films.
Freed from all the packaging, we can now take a look at the case for the first time. At first glance, the case looks solid and visually coherent. Due to the size, not only the front fans are conspicuous, but also the glass side – this looks particularly successful! The glass pane has a small black edge and thus you have a great view into the inside of the case. It can be removed by loosening two screws at the back and then sliding the pane out to the back.
Now let’s take a look at the front of the case. The mesh grille is on a plastic part that protrudes away from the front and has an angular shape. You can also remove this front by grabbing it from below and pulling it off with a small jerk to the front. At the bottom is Lian Li’s lettering in white with a gray background. The lettering is white, as it can also glow. Behind that are then the aforementioned 200mm fans. They are decent sized, white and have the Lian Li logo in the middle. Unfortunately, there is no dust filter between the mesh grille and fans.
From the top, the Lancool 215 resembles many other cases. There is a large magnetic dust filter there. Below this, two fans in 120 mm and 140 mm variants can be optionally attached. However, the position of the front I/O ports is different here. This is not aligned to the front, as with many other cases, but to the rear. From the front, there is a power button, a reset button, an LED button, two USB ports and an HD audio port. Everything looks solid and well-made.
The other side of the case is less spectacular, as it consists of a large black side panel. This, like the glass panel, is attached with two screws at the back and can be removed out the back. The rails work well and so the sidepanel can be attached back to the case very easily.
Let’s now take a closer look at the back. Again, we don’t find anything spectacularly new on the outside. Under the fan cutout, for a 120 mm fan, we have a total of seven PCI solt panels. To the right, we see a vertically arranged rectangle, which serves for ventilation. A vertical PCI slot bracket could have been placed at this point as well.
On the bottom we find something special again. Here we find a dust filter that doesn’t quite match the rest of the case visually, but that isn’t noticeable during use anyway. This is particularly large and stretches across the entire underside of the case – whether this is necessary on the underside in this size can be doubted. The feet are made of hard plastic and are equipped with anti-slip pads, which are also decently large here.