Lian Li DK-05 desk case goes electric

Lian Li seems to have the "PC desk" space pretty much all to itself, but that hasn't stopped the company from improving its products. Its latest PC desk-and-case is the DK-05. This model is made of aluminum and tempered glass, and combines electric height adjustment with the ability to contain two complete systems with minimal clutter.

The DK-05 can hold a pair of systems based on E-ATX motherboards. Each system can use pair of 2.5" devices and up to four 3.5" drives on top of whatever M.2 storage is held near and dear to the motherboard. Graphics cards as long as 14.1" (36 cm) can fit, as can power supplies up to 11" (28 cm) in length. There's a VR-ready front I/O cluster for each system, containing two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, one USB Type-C port, audio jacks, an HDMI output, and a power button. All of that conectivity is topped off with a set of three dials for getting the balance of red, green, and blue internal lighting just right.

Lian Li didn't forget about cooling. The desk can accomodate a single 480-mm radiator and up to three 360-mm radiators, and comes supplied with twelve 120-mm fans. Buyers still cooling their CPUs the old-fashioned way can fit cooling towers as high as 6.3" (16 cm).

As one might expect, the surface area of a desk that can swallow a pair of E-ATX computers and all that water cooling hardware is large, measuring 94.5" wide and 30.7" deep (140 cm x 78 cm). The electric height adjustment can position the desktop anywhere from 27" to 46" (69 cm to 118 cm) from the floor, allowing DK-05 users to sit or stand while working.

Lian Li's DK-05 is backed by a one-year warranty. Newegg already has a product listing for the $2099 desk PC, though it's showing as out of stock at the time of writing.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I guess this will appeal to some people but desk furniture with obstructions under the desk at knee-level are a total disaster for comfortable long-term use.

    Other issues:
    [list<][*<]I tend to choose furniture to fit a space - this comes in one size only.[/*<][*<]How do you fit a desk-clamp monitor arm to this thing?[/*<][*<]We have glass tables at work, covered in fingerprints and mice don't work on them.[/*<][*<]Just my opinion, but I think it looks ugly; Very office-like and not suitable for a home.[/*<][/list<] $2099 + shipping means you need to REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want this.

    • rwburnham
    • 2 years ago

    Intriguing, but it doesn’t look like it would work with a dual-monitor mount.

    • hasseb64
    • 2 years ago

    In my next life this is my build platform

    • cygnus1
    • 2 years ago

    Over 2 grand and only a 1 year warranty…. I think I’ll pass.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      How do you even service a desk?

        • cygnus1
        • 2 years ago

        Well, this thing has moving parts and ports and buttons. So at the very least I’d imagine turn some screws or bolts and replace parts that stop moving when they’re supposed to or start moving when they’re not supposed to.

        • Redocbew
        • 2 years ago

        The same way you would with anything else. Duct tape to make it stop. JB-Weld to make it stick. WD-40 to make it go.

    • Flying Fox
    • 2 years ago

    E-ATX, perfect for a couple of Threadrippers systems to make this a real [i<]work[/i<]station. 🙂

    • Redocbew
    • 2 years ago

    That looks a lot like a modified SmartDesk from Autonomous. If that’s true, then it gives you some idea on the markup here, because the prices range from $300 to $650 when buying direct.

    I’m considering buying their DIY kit and putting my own work surface on it.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, not a fan of glass as a load bearing surface that things can also be dropped on.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        As a bonus, the sort of thing you are most likely to drop on this surface is a mug of coffee or similar.

        It’s a good job there’s won’t be thousands of dollars worth of liquid-sensitive, live, mains-powered electrics underneath that glass desk surfa-…

        Oh.

      • Flying Fox
      • 2 years ago

      Not really? The SmartDesks do not have housing for 2 E-ATX computers, besides it does not have that contour tabletop.

        • cygnus1
        • 2 years ago

        Looks like Lian-Li might have done some more customizing than the OP thinks or it’s just not the same housing. The Lian-Li page specifically says:

        M/B Tray
        (S1) E-ATX
        (S2)E-ATX or Mini-ITX (choose one)

        • Redocbew
        • 2 years ago

        “Modified” might not be the right word for replacing a tabletop with a glass-top display case capable of housing two PCs, but in terms of how the desk operates that would actually be the easy part. It’s the control panel on the front that made me wonder.

      • boskone
      • 2 years ago

      This might have a beefier elevation system.

      The SmartDesk has a weight limit of 220lbs. With tempered glass and steel, plus (potentially) 4 radiators and 2 full systems, and speakers/monitors/etc on top, I would think this is designed with larger amounts of weight in mind.

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