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Lian Li Prototypes PC Case That's Doubles as a Desk

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This case kills two birds with one stone -- building a new PC and hunting for a new desk.

Image: Lian LiImage: 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.

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    jdlobb , January 2, 2014 1:42 PM
    Looks like something you'd have in a kid's room. No thanks.
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    Jim_L9 , January 2, 2014 1:28 PM
    How much?
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    moogleslam , January 2, 2014 1:42 PM
    Doesn't look like I can clamp my G27 Racing Wheel on to it :( 
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    jdlobb , January 2, 2014 1:42 PM
    Looks like something you'd have in a kid's room. No thanks.
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    qlum , January 2, 2014 1:49 PM
    It looks far to slim for a good desk, while I do admit that a desk of 2.90M is a bit big I do think its far to small for a desk, maybe nice for a secondary table to put some stuff on next to your main desk like I have now on my right with a pc on it some controllers on it and some drawers and a amplifier underneath but as a main desk it would be far to small.
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    pyro226 , January 2, 2014 1:51 PM
    If this thing somehow tips over... All of it's running HDD's will crash :( 
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    nadavp3 , January 2, 2014 1:57 PM
    no one said that you have to use the red legs, I bet you could fit the case part in a much nicer frame\legs setup (be it wooden or metal)
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    hotroderx , January 2, 2014 2:00 PM
    Looks really cheap almost like dime store furniture. I would seriously worry about putting expensive computer components in something like that.
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    fatedtodie , January 2, 2014 2:19 PM
    I think the main thing people are missing is the weird air flow. The only entrance or exit for air is in the back. It lists spots for radiators, which is handy, but normally there are fans mounted to those and ... with nowhere for the air to go but a small channel that funnels everything to the back, it will heat up very quick.
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    Yuka , January 2, 2014 2:19 PM
    I'm worried about heat with that particular design. Also, what about liquids on top of it?

    I'm afraid to get my gonads near that thing when the video cards are being taxed, lol.

    Cheers!
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    bryonhowley , January 2, 2014 2:21 PM
    Does not look like it could handle my 360mm rads other than that it would be nice. But with my XSPC EX 360 water cooler and 3x Asus 27" monitors I would need something larger than this. To bad I do like the looks guess I will have to keep the desk I have for a while longer.
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    FastGunna , January 2, 2014 2:52 PM
    "Max card length 11 inches" I'm assuming this is a mistake based on the amount of room the GPU has in the picture, but if its accurate that is really restrictive for a desk... my 7970 is 11.2" which wouldn't fit, and I forget what my friend has but his was somewhere around 12.4". It makes no sense for this case to have problems fitting longer cards, was 11" just a number they threw out there while its in prototype?
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    MagicPants , January 2, 2014 3:04 PM
    It's too deep for a desk. Either my legs would keep smacking into the bottom, or I'd have to use monkey arms to type.
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    dragonfang18 , January 2, 2014 3:10 PM
    I'd like to see this compete with Red Harbinger's Cross Desk.
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    leo2kp , January 2, 2014 4:04 PM
    Not a fan of the legs at all. Too cheap.
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    Nuck Chorris , January 2, 2014 4:33 PM
    If the glass breaks, you'll have a broken PC and a possibly broken monitor too. GLHF
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    Darkk , January 2, 2014 6:11 PM
    That desk reminds me of an old arcade table top video games.
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    jasonelmore , January 2, 2014 6:32 PM
    yea less than 3 feet wode isnt gonna cut it. They need to revise this prototype to not be limited to the size of the computer case. Make the computer case slide in and slide out, and give us a typical 4.5 ft wide desk.
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    eklipz330 , January 2, 2014 6:43 PM
    make the window top optional, legs black, and make this entire thing less than $300 and i'm in.
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    DRosencraft , January 2, 2014 7:22 PM
    These things always tend to fall into a couple categories. Either they're gaudy and made of cheaper material than their price tag represents, or they're expensive enough that you would be almost insane to buy one. They also tend to lack any sort of overhang, which is actually useful for a number of reason, not least of these being mounting brackets for monitors, or as someone above noted, peripherals like a racing wheel.
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    toastybatch565 , January 2, 2014 7:44 PM
    Wouldn't it have been a better idea to have made the PC case as one of the stands of the table? As in it replaces the two legs on either the left or right side of the table, leaving the top of the table free of a thick box so you can (as mentioned in the comments before) clamp a steering wheel on, and so it wouldn't get hot? This doesn't really make sense to me, but I guess it's a start.
    EDIT: I fixed my messed up drawing.
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    |...........................|//////|
    |...........................|//////|
    |...........................|//////|
    Here. The /// represent the PC case and the ...are empty space. The | are the leg.
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