The Lian Li UNI FAN TL LCD 140 features a 1.6″ LCD screen at its center, with 400 x 400 pixels resolution, supporting GIF, MP4, JPG, and PNG files. Besides the impressive LCD screen, this fan features an FDB bearing, and two light RGB zones. It also uses the UNIFAN interlocking system, allowing you to daisy chain multiple fans without using extra cables.
From the moment I heard about Lian Li’s new fans featuring LCD screens, I was curious to test them and check whether the most impressive part is the LCD screen or their performance is also at high enough levels to justify the increased cost. Admittedly, having an LCD screen on the fan is attractive if you install them in the proper chassis, allowing for a clear view of them. On the other hand, if the view of the fans is blocked, there is no need to pay more for the LCD versions of Lian Li’s new fans; you can go to the plain versions instead and save some money.
The enhanced daisy-chain options the UNI FAN models offer will be highly convenient for users wanting to install several fans in a series. It would be best to keep in mind that you have to use the provided controller since all cables are proprietary. But I will talk more about this later in this review. Let’s first look at the basic specs of the UNI FAN TL LCD. First, it comes in two colors and two versions: white and black – standard and reversed blades. I asked Lian Li to send me the standard blade version, and as for the color, I didn’t have any requirements there. The performance will be the same, whatever the fan’s color!
The 1.6″ LCD screen has 500 nits max brightness, which allows it to be extra bright! It uses an IPS panel; according to Lian Li, it supports 24-bit color (SRGB)!
Since these fans come with a controller, their installation is not as straightforward as the other fans, which you connect directly to a mainboard header; Lian Li made a tutorial video of how you connect them to the provided controller and consequently to your system.
According to Lian Li, a single cable is all you need to connect a group of up to three TL LCD fans to the controller, which supports a maximum of seven TL LCD fans per controller, with a group of three on each port (up to sixteen TL+TL LCD fans in total). You will need two controllers to control more TL LCD fans (8 to 12). Lastly, Lian Li’s L-Connect 3 app doesn’t support more than 13 TL LCD fans.
Lian Li provided a practical fan scheme.
L-Connect 3 Software
The compatible software is easy to use. It provides many lighting and fan speed control options; you can also update the firmware on the controller and the connected fans. If you want the fan speed handled by your mainboard or an external controller, tick the MB RPM Sync option in the TL Fan Profile tab.