Lian Li’s new DK-05F desk case makes the scenic view optional
Most of us are pretty happy with a mid-tower or even ITX case for our gaming rigs and personal work computers. But sometimes, even a full-tower chassis won’t get the job done, and you need a whole desk to show off your system. That’s where Lian Li‘s DK full-desk cases come in, and the company unveiled a pair of new cases meant to make your PC the literal center of your room: the DK-04F and DK-05F.
These are desks that double as PC cases–or PC cases that double as desks, if you prefer–so they’re working with a different set of needs from your usual case. The big standout feature on these desks is the glass desktop.
This 8-mm thick tempered glass panel, which sits atop the entire span of the desk, is switchable glass. With the simple press of a button, you can take your PC from being a centerpiece to going full stealth. PCs can be pretty distracting these days, from the RGB lights in just about everything to the many colorful options available for custom liquid-cooling loops. It’s a lot of bright and highly-animated color. A switchable panel seems like a necessity for a system like that, just to get some peace and quiet.
Inside the DK-05F and DK-04F
The DK-05F case has tons of space, too; enough for two E-ATX motherboards. The DK-04F has enough room for one system. The latter has two removable motherboard trays, while the latter has just one. You can fit a GPU up to 390-mm long in either, and a cooler up to 185-mm high. Both systems also feature removable drive trays. The 05F can fit eight 3.5- or 2.5-inch drives. The 04F can fit nine 3.5-inch drives or six 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives. There’s also a ton of room for radiators and liquid cooling loops.
On the front of the case, you’ll find one 3.1 USB Type-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone and mic jack. There are also buttons for fan control and RGB control, as well as a power button. If you get the 05F there’s also a secondary panel with two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks, and a power button.
The desks also come with electronic height adjustment. The desk can go as low as 0.68 meters or as high as 1.175 meters, which translates to a range of 27 to 48 inches. That puts it in line with other standard adjustable-height desks. The tempered glass desktop can hold 80 kg, or 176 lbs–enough for a pair of monitors a second, heavy PC case.
Lian Li hasn’t dropped a price tag yet, but the previous incarnation of the big boy, the DK-05, went for over $2000 US.