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Lian-Li Prices PC Cases That Look Like Desks

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Lian Li has priced its Desk Chassis, which are expensive.

Lian Li has, after a rather long wait, officially announced its two enclosures, which come in the form of desks. These desk chassis will be known as the DK-01X and the DK-02X, and they will be able to house one and two systems, respectively.

Internally, both the cases have identical hardware support, with the exception, of course, that the larger DK-02X can house a second Mini-ITX installation. Both the systems will house up to HPTX size motherboards along with the longest of graphics cards up to 400 mm in length, as well as GPU coolers up to 180 mm tall and PSUs up to 280 mm – Plenty of room for your high-end rig or workstation. To top off your rig, the desks also have cut-outs for monitor mounts, which can then leave you with a desk that is completely clear of anything if you keep your keyboard and mouse on the extension. There is also room for many hard drives and SSDs.

Front I/O is handled by the standard pair of HD audio jacks as well as not two, but four USB 3.0 ports. While there are not many motherboards out with headers for four USB 3.0 ports, if you're spending this kind of money on a chassis/desk, certainly it won't be much trouble to get a matching motherboard. Both chassis also have a cut-out for a slim optical drive.

Both the desks have a base height of 805 mm, though they can be raised up to 835 mm for extra comfort. On the side they have optional utility storage, where you can place things such as a keyboard in a metal pouch and hang your headphones on the hangers.

Pricing for the units is rather steep, though, with the DK-01X carrying an MSRP of $989 and the DK-02X costing $1189.

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    paradyme , May 28, 2014 3:01 PM
    Finally, a Lian-Li Barbecue! Just put in 4 290x cards and steak & saussies on the top
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    Amdlova , May 28, 2014 2:36 PM
    ugly as hell! no wood only a cold aluminium! maybe with amd 290x and a piledriver that can heat the hands
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    knowom , May 28, 2014 2:37 PM
    These expensive, but a nice looking concept in terms of aesthetics.
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  • 10 Hide
    paradyme , May 28, 2014 3:01 PM
    Finally, a Lian-Li Barbecue! Just put in 4 290x cards and steak & saussies on the top
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    vmem , May 28, 2014 3:08 PM
    stop looking at these as just cases. a decent aluminum desk with quality machining can easily run you $1000 by itself.

    that said, these are rather ugly... and I wish the height would be more adjustable
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    neon neophyte , May 28, 2014 3:14 PM
    looks cheap, costs a fortune.
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    southernshark , May 28, 2014 3:30 PM
    looks like something I wouldn't buy at 200 much less over 1k.
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    southernshark , May 28, 2014 3:32 PM
    stop looking at these as just cases. a decent aluminum desk with quality machining can easily run you $1000 by itself.

    So what? Ugly is ugly.

    Reminds me of the Pawn Stars episode where this guy came in, claimed he was an artist. He had made some demonic sculptures out of gold and painted them black. So they looked like cheap black painted demon statues. Yes they were made of gold and weren't cheap to make, but so what?
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    Bondfc11 , May 28, 2014 5:13 PM
    I agree - these are ugly for the price. Take off the top box and then add some proper legs - beef it up a bit then charge me a grand. I like the idea, but the final design for the supports (not adjustability) etc. falls way way short. Not to mention the desk is way too small to be worth a damn. Good effort, come back with a proper desk though.

    EDIT: OK after going to their website I do like these a bit better. While the 01 is too small for me the 02 would be fine at nearly 48". However, the major issue I have is with the legs. Why oh why do those cheap round legs rather than some stout looking rectangular ones that would match the top better? The video is pretty cool on the website. Overall, a nice effort, just falls a bit short for me due to the supports.
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    RCguitarist , May 28, 2014 6:08 PM
    Just like all other Lian Li products.
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    Evan20x , May 28, 2014 6:15 PM
    Looks like a BBQ grill. MMMM tis the season to be grilling. :D 
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    CodeMatias , May 28, 2014 6:19 PM
    Looks like a BBQ grill. MMMM tis the season to be grilling. :D 

    My thoughts exactly for the smaller of the two. If they wanted desk size, they should have made it thinner and use PCIe extenders so cards are horizontal.
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    CaedenV , May 28, 2014 6:48 PM
    Not sure that I want this... but I certainly want something like this.
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    lp231 , May 28, 2014 7:14 PM
    Lian-Li cases are nice and all, but compare to other cases, it's not well equip.
    When opening a Lian-Li case, you get a sense of emptiness and start to think, is this case worth the amount you've paid for?
    I was about to built a ITX system using a Lian-Li, but I went with a BitFenix Prodigy instead.
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    Mathew Reuther , May 28, 2014 7:35 PM
    Far too expensive. You're talking a hybrid of two things which will run you less than $400 usually (and, honestly, easily much less than that), and even accounting for the "neat" integration and "quality" I just can't see this as anything but a ridiculous expenditure.

    No doubt they'll sell some because some people have money to burn. But even for an enthusiast case this is into the realm of silly.
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    falchard , May 28, 2014 7:51 PM
    Everything is in mm, it makes it a little hard to judge the dimensions. 835mm or 2.7' height is quite small for someone like me who is 6' tall to sit behind considering this case will also project downward about 8".
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    captaincharisma , May 28, 2014 8:35 PM
    not liking the look but loving the idea
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    lp231 , May 28, 2014 8:47 PM
    Why use tempered glass? Sooner or later that thing is going to shattered into a million pieces.
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    ssddx , May 28, 2014 8:49 PM
    i think the nondescript style is neat however its not very practical. the keyboard tray is all wrong. i say they get props for effort but this needs a redesign.

    as far as price, for a fully aluminum desk which is machined and has some handy features this is not unbelievably high. lian li typically uses almost all aluminum in many of its cases which is why they typically cost more. i just got rid of my first lian li case (a v2000b-IIplus) and i dont think there was more than 5% of the case which was not solid aluminum and everything was held together with screws not rivets which meant lots of customization options.

    lian li does a pretty stand up job. they might not have all the bells and whistles other manufacturers include but they have it where it counts.


    for safety. if they didnt and you cracked the glass you could get seriously cut.
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    aidynphoenix , May 28, 2014 9:34 PM
    i owned a lian li pca71f. saw photos of it on the internet.. looked beautiful. it was the worst cheapest made piece of crap i ever wasted $200 on. its the empty soda can of computer cases. thin sharp aluminum, and paint you can scratch with a piece of paper. from the looks of that desk, it appears to be made from the same crappy anodized aluminum.. you will scratch the hell out of it with your keyboard, mouse or anything you decide to put on it. if they made it from steel, and used paint. i might be interested for around $400.
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    Mac266 , May 28, 2014 9:50 PM
    Im thinking 4 290x's and a couple of steaks on top.
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