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Lian-Li standing-desk computer case now available at US$2100 MSRP

The Lian-Li desk-case is sleek but expensive. (Source: Lian-Li)
The Lian-Li desk-case is sleek but expensive. (Source: Lian-Li)
The Lian-Li standing desk PC-case which was announced back at CES is now a available for purchase. The desk is made of iron, aluminium, and tempered glass but has an MSRP of US$2100 without any computer parts inside.

Aside from portability, one of the common arguments for buying a laptop is that it takes up a smaller amount of space than a desktop or tower PC. Building a 'desk PC' isn't a new concept, a limited number of companies have been doing this for several years now and putting your computer inside the desk certainly frees up a lot of space.

Lian-Li has been one of the more prolific desk-case manufacturers in recent times, and their newest edition announced at CES 2017, the DK-05, is now available for purchase. Desk PCs are a niche market, with relatively small production runs compared to other computer cases, there is more material needed, and they likely require more steps during assembly. Even with that in mind, you might be surprised to find that the DK-05 has a whopping MSRP of US$2100, although they can be found online for around US$150 less than that.

You do get a fairly substantial bit of kit for that price though. First, you need to remember that you are buying a large piece of furniture with an aluminum body, iron legs, and a tempered glass top panel. This one is a standing desk, so it also includes motors for height adjustment between 69 cm and 118 cm (27 1/6 inches to 46 1/2 inches). There are mounting brackets for two motherboards inside, allowing the construction of two separate computers so that you could have one for general use and the other as a rendering station or a development PC to test code in another OS without rebooting. The fans are all arranged in banks, so it is easy to install water cooling radiators to help keep the system running cool. There is ample room for large components and multiple hard drives. Click on the picture below for exact specs.

If the price is too steep, then Lian-Li's older desk-cases sell for several hundred dollars less, but also don't look as sleek, and some are missing the standing desk features. There are also options from other manufacturers such as the cross desk and vector desk.

Specifications of the DK-05. (Source: Lian-Li)
Specifications of the DK-05. (Source: Lian-Li)
The front I/O includes HDMI and RGB controls. (Source: Lian-Li)
The front I/O includes HDMI and RGB controls. (Source: Lian-Li)
Fans are installed in banks of three or four making it easy to fit water cooling. (Source: Lian-Li)
Fans are installed in banks of three or four making it easy to fit water cooling. (Source: Lian-Li)

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Craig Ward, 2017-08- 5 (Update: 2017-08- 5)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.