Image: Lian Li
Over on the TweakTown forums, chassis maker Lian Li posted a thread revealing a PC case/desk hybrid. For now this combo is merely a prototype, and features a glass top so that the PC's innards can literally shine through your paperwork or drawings. Unfortunately, a matching chair is not included.
"Since desks and PCs have always had a symbiotic relationship, we decided it would only make sense to combine the two – in our new desk chassis prototype: DK01," reports Lian Li. "Constructed mostly out of aluminum, our newest prototype is unlike anything we have designed before, yet includes many of our familiar high-end features, including a brushed aluminum finish, modular HDD bays, tool-less mounting, and a minimalistic design."
LEDs, glass cover and monitor mount are planned to be included, the company confirms. The actual dimensions are 31.5 inches wide, 31.3 inches tall, and 23.6 inches deep. There's even enough room to install 14 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard drives, and 10 expansion cards.
According to the specs, the body is made out of aluminum, comes in black or white, and supports E-ATX, ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards. The maximum card length is 11 inches, the max PSU length is 11 inches, and the max cooler height is 7.1 inches. This prototype can even play host to seven 120 mm system fans.
On the front, this PC case provides a lock, power button, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, and four USB 3.0 ports. The hardware resides within a drawer, making troubleshooting and upgrading as easy as unlocking and sliding the drawer out. This configuration is also good for system builders looking to upgrade their existing rig and purchase a new desk at the same time.
To see the full load of screenshots, head here. Given this is a prototype, there are no release dates and pricing, so stay tuned.