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Lian Li hints at CeBIT launch for PC-DK01

Lian Li hints at CeBIT launch for PC-DK01

Lian Li's PC-DK01, unveiled as a pre-production prototype in January, may be getting a retail launch at the CeBIT show in Hanover next month.

Lian Li has heavily hinted at plans to formally launch a retail-ready version of its prototype chassis-desk case design at the CeBIT show in Hanover next month.

The PC-DK01, as the design has been named, is a fusion of a desk and a PC case. Initially unveiled as a prototype in January this year, Lian Li appears to be finally ready to reveal its finished design with a view to unveiling a production model at the CeBIT show in Germany.

As with the prototype, the PC-DK01 boasts support for extra-large motherboards including XL-ATX, EATX and HPTX in addition to more usual ATX boards. The internals are capacious enough for up to 14 3.5" hard drives - although this drops to seven when used with HPTX boards, or with add-in cards longer than 410mm. Power supplies of up to 280mm are supported, along with heatsink and fan assemblies of up to 180mm - any larger, and they come into contact with the tempered glass desk surface.

The chassis is, as you might expect, watercooling-ready, offering room for a 360mm radiator alongside a secondary 240mm radiator. For those who prefer leak-free air cooling, mounts are included for up to seven 120mm fans at various points of the case. The whole boxy unit is elevated from the floor by a pair of tubular legs, giving you room to swing your own legs underneath.

Final pricing for the PC-DK01 has not yet been confirmed, with more details as to its retail availability expected to arrive when CeBIT formally begins on the 10th of March.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 26th February 2014, 13:41 Quote
ergonomics of that look terrible; either the desk is too narrow or the (vertical) depth is way too much; you'll either have barely enough room for a keyboard and mouse with decent mouse mat, and/or you will have your arms elevated too much and/or knees unable to fit under the desk...

At my office desk with comfortable chair height and desk height, I have ~5cm of clearance between top of thighs and underside of desk...
Dave Lister 26th February 2014, 16:17 Quote
I agree with that CDO, There are guidelines for the height of a desk to avoid getting a dodgy back injury / RSI and that to me looks too high without enough room.

Is it me or are Lian Li's designs getting less functional ?

Also isn't one of BT's own modders now producing desk cases, maybe he should start a lawsuit like every other company to get some publicity !
IvanIvanovich 26th February 2014, 16:31 Quote
Reminds me of elementary school desk. I like the looks of it... but it's more the size of a side table than a desk.
John_T 26th February 2014, 16:41 Quote
Have to agree, the ergonomics look absolutely awful! I pity the poor souls who end up having that thing foisted on them...
AlienwareAndy 26th February 2014, 16:43 Quote
Bloody heck that looks like my school desk from the late 70s !!

Just wanna open the lid and get my comic out lol !
Combatus 26th February 2014, 16:58 Quote
The more I look at this, the more I don't see it as a desk but more of a table top/raised case that you could maybe used as a desk extension with the ability to house a PC in it. Maybe put drawers underneath. Surprised Ikea hasn't snapped it up tbh :D
Guinevere 26th February 2014, 17:04 Quote
Car crash of a desk!

Not enough leg room to sit at. Too low to stand at. Designed for who ?

Stanley!

http://nuckingfutsmama.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/flatstanleyimagesmall.gif
Corky42 26th February 2014, 17:27 Quote
IDK what size a normal desk would be, but this measures (w) 800mm, (h) 795mm, (d) 600mm
B1GBUD 26th February 2014, 17:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IvanIvanovich
Reminds me of elementary school desk. I like the looks of it... but it's more the size of a side table than a desk.

^^^ My thoughts exactly!
Woodspoon 26th February 2014, 18:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
IDK what size a normal desk would be, but this measures (w) 800mm, (h) 795mm, (d) 600mm
If it's measured from floor to bottom of the base then the height seems about right, but if it's measured total height, floor to top of the top then it's way to low.
Either way it looks horrible, like something you'd find in an old junior school
SMIFFYDUDE 26th February 2014, 20:41 Quote
Wouldn't look out of place in a 1980s teenage boys bedroom, along with a Maxi Swatch wall clock and Ferrari F40 poster.
Maki role 26th February 2014, 20:51 Quote
Yeah, no. This needs to stay in development for another year or so.
Cheapskate 26th February 2014, 21:22 Quote
They missed the boat not having the integrated uncomfortable plastic chair. It looks more like a North Korean computer desk.
SexyHyde 27th February 2014, 00:01 Quote
Agreed - looks poo/cheap/uncomfortable. It's a shame as I'm a big fan of the case desk hybrid, but if your going to do it, do it right!
Shirty 27th February 2014, 00:15 Quote
I love this, because it's so ****ing ridiculous. And yes, that was the C-word.
Teelzebub 27th February 2014, 02:28 Quote
Bit early for an April fool thing, can't believe they are serious ffs a real POS
Bindibadgi 27th February 2014, 04:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IvanIvanovich
Reminds me of elementary school desk. I like the looks of it... but it's more the size of a side table than a desk.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
ergonomics of that look terrible; either the desk is too narrow or the (vertical) depth is way too much; you'll either have barely enough room for a keyboard and mouse with decent mouse mat, and/or you will have your arms elevated too much and/or knees unable to fit under the desk...

At my office desk with comfortable chair height and desk height, I have ~5cm of clearance between top of thighs and underside of desk...
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Wouldn't look out of place in a 1980s teenage boys bedroom, along with a Maxi Swatch wall clock and Ferrari F40 poster.

Nailed it. I love LiLi (I have two), I'd love a PC desk, but, yeaaaaaa..

What I really want is a wall-mounted PC though.
faugusztin 27th February 2014, 08:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Teelzebub
Bit early for an April fool thing, can't believe they are serious ffs a real POS

It is not their first desk. http://www.anandtech.com/show/1750 <-- was $2500.
Anfield 27th February 2014, 12:06 Quote
I don't get it, how is that desk supposed to work from an ergonomic point of view?

It is 10 cm higher than a standard desk and considering the size of cooler you can allegedly fit there won't be more than 60 cm (less than a normal desk) from the floor to the underside of the desk.

What would have made much more sense in my opinion would be to produce a "normal" desk, then simply replace the drawers / file cabinet on one side with a Pc Case like for example the PC-D8000.
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