Lian Li’s next-gen DK-04-F standing desk has a new trick

I'm not a standing-desk person myself (I sit for long stretches, then get up and pace around like a loon), but Lian Li knows there's a taste for the vertically gifted  workstations. The company has been making them for years–no really, as far as back as 2015 at least, with new versions popping up over the years. At CES 2019, the case maker had a new version on display called the DK-04-F.

Meant ostensibly as an update to the DK-04, the DK-04-F's chief new feature is the ability to switch between a clear glass top and a foggy one with the touch of a button on the included remote control. It's exactly the kind of neat thing that nobody needs that's meant to grab our attention when we visit a company at a tradeshow, but, well…it is pretty cool to see it in action:

There weren't many additional details available at the show, but it appears that Lian Li has brought some of the obvious design changes of the DK-05 to bear on this model. Most notably, the DK-04-F lacks the front-side 5.25" bay option that its predecessors offered, and it has the same right-side orientation for its height adjustment controls as the DK-05. You can save up to four preset heights and recall them by pressing a button. 

The I/O panel sits just above the height controls and includes a USB Type-C port, four USB Type-A 3.1 ports, an HMDI port, and two 3.5mm audio jacks. This is designed to be VR-ready. 

The left side of the DK-04-F is a little different than its siblings. It has a simple, flat panel that appears to offer fan controls. You should be able to punch the fan speeds up or down. It may also offer some lighting control, too. Why the confusion? It's currently not functional, and we believe that Lian Li is still figuring out what exactly to put there. Fan controls? RGB controls? All of the above? Sure, why not.

These Lian Li standing desks can house entire high-end PC systems, functioning as both case and table. They can handle any motherboard type, extensive liquid cooling setups, and tons of storage drives, and they offer plenty of clearances for long graphics cards and tall CPU coolers.

Lian Li didn't say when the DK-04-F was coming, but reps did state that it will cost $1200 and will be available on Newegg in North America. That's a lot of bones for a desk and PC case, but it seems like a bargain compared to the $2000 DK-05X that's posted on Newegg (and is currently out of stock). 

 

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    • TheRazorsEdge
    • 7 months ago

    I want it, but I don’t $1200 want it.

      • Redocbew
      • 7 months ago

      $1200 is a lot considering this looks a lot like the SmartDesk from Autonomous which you can get for $300-500.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 months ago

    Standing desks shouldn’t cost $1200 and there are plenty of good quality options for a fraction of the cost.

    Here in the UK, for example, my company buys [url=https://furniturise.co.uk/collections/liberty-electric-budget-sit-stand-desk/products/liberty-sit-stand-desk-frame<]these[/url<] for £331 and an IKEA solid beech/pine/birch top can be added whilst keeping the budget under £400 (the ones they offer are MDF and laminate, I think - I'm not sure though because we re-use our existing desk tops with them instead). Anyway, once you've saved £800/$1050 on the motorised standing desk, you have a lot of leftover money to spend on a fancy display case for your PC - one that can be on display even when your desk is covered in crap!

      • drwho
      • 7 months ago

      SO if you were to sit on this desk, naked, would the rgb shine out of your asphole?. This is also how your desk gets covered in crap . real crap.

    • NTMBK
    • 7 months ago

    Now even the cases the size of a desk can’t find room to fit an optical bay? Oh come on!

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 months ago

      USB externals, buddy.

      5.25″ bays are [i<]so[/i<] last decade.

    • hungarianhc
    • 7 months ago

    Honestly I think this is pretty awesome. I’d love to have this as my desk!

      • astrotech66
      • 7 months ago

      How long have you been working for Lian Li?

      J/K

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 months ago

        I have had two Lian li cases and I generally like them in a world where it is always 2006.

          • tay
          • 7 months ago

          I love your shit-posting. Standing desks are bullshit for avocado toast eaters. They don’t actually work any better.

          Linus’ treadmill desk on the other hand lol

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 months ago

    Thought the trick was going to make it not suck.

    Trash Imo

      • techguy
      • 7 months ago

      This is a niche product, I doubt many Tech Report readers are familiar with it. Care to elaborate?

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 months ago

        The depth of the desk and the resulting desk height can create a position that isn’t ergonomic. When you consider the bottom of your desk would have to be moved up several inches and then you hands are also that much higher. It’s not a position I’d want to be in for hours. Without explaining for three pages, look into desk ergonomics and this desk is not it.

          • Usacomp2k3
          • 7 months ago

          You realize that the desk goes up and down, right? As for the depth, how does that tie into ergonomics? Just don’t pt our keyboard on the back.

            • BIF
            • 7 months ago

            He’s actually not wrong; I just wish he explained it better so I wouldn’t have to… ;P

            At home, my keyboard is in a tray that comes out from UNDER my desk. So the keys are about 3″ below the level of my desk surface. And the midpoint of my monitors is about 8-10″ above the desk surface. This works, and could only be better both monitors and keyboard would raise and lower as a unit, but unfortunately, this one is a 2009 Ikea desk that does NOT raise or lower at all.

            At work, my keyboard is ON my desk surface, and my monitors can’t be pushed back as far. So the angle to my eyes is different, the distance between keyboard and monitor’s center is different. But the whole thing raises and lowers as a unit, which is good. ish.

            Sit/stand desks are great, even though I don’t spend a lot of time standing.

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