Lian Li prices DK-01X, DK-02X desk chassis

Lian Li prices DK-01X, DK-02X desk chassis

The DK-01X and DK-02X - pictured - combine high-end PC chassis design with the functionality of furniture, but has Lian Li priced them to sell?

Lian Li has confirmed plans to launch its chassis-cum-desk designs as full retail products in the UK, confirming the DK-01X and DK-02X as heading to market in August with considerable price tags attached.

Teased back in February, the school-desk inspired PC-DK01 has been renamed the DK-01X and is joined for a retail launch by the DK-02X, which boasts the ability to house two systems simultaneously - one, the company claims, for workstation use and the other for leisure pursuits. Both support HTPX and smaller motherboard formats, with the DK-02X adding the ability to stick a mini-ITX motherboard in alongside.

Both chassis feature support for side-mounted 360mm radiators and a bracket for a front-facing radiator; in the case of the single-system DK-01X this provides room for another 360mm radiator, while the dual-system DK-02X provides two 240mm brackets for independent cooling of the two rigs. The DK-01X can hold 10 hard drives in individually-removable drive bays, while the DK-02X can hold eight drives for the mini-ITX system and a further nine for the HTPX system. Both include support for CPU coolers up to 180mm in height, power supplies up to 280mm in length and graphics cards up to 410mm in length as standard.

The desk configuration of both cases is adjustable, offering a height of 805mm extendible to 835mm for greater leg-room. Monitor mounts can be fitted to the rear of both cases for up to three monitors. Front IO, located on a sliding drawer, offers four USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio connectivity on both cases - although the dual-system DK-02X doubles these up to provide connectivity to both rigs. The sliding drawer also includes a single slim optical drive bay, which can be used to host an SSD if you've given up on buying your games and software on physical media.

UK pricing for the cases has been confirmed at £599 for the DK-01X and £729 for the DK-02X. If you're wondering what makes the design worth the money, Lian Li has provided a video overview below.


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SinxarKnights 23rd May 2014, 11:07 Quote
That is actually a lot cheaper than I expected. Was thinking in the $2000+ range
schmidtbag 23rd May 2014, 14:24 Quote
It is actually a pretty impressive piece of hardware. I think if there was a slight design rearrangement they could have fit a 5.25" bay but oh well - those are hardly any use these days anyway.

It'd be nice too if the keyboard tray was pullout and if the desk was a little slimmer, but I guess considering you can't push in the keyboard tray, there ought to be enough room for your legs.

I'd be more interested in Lian Li making another one of these desks but with the low-profile form factor and a pullout keyboard tray. A desk like this would be more ideal for those who like to push in their chairs and use the main surface for more than just holding their monitor(s).
faugusztin 23rd May 2014, 14:26 Quote
Originally Posted by SinxarKnights
That is actually a lot cheaper than I expected. Was thinking in the $2000+ range

For ~$2000-2500 you had much better Lian Li desk back then :
Raiden 25th May 2014, 21:26 Quote
Is the price a joke?

Watercooling potencial on these is 0
MSHunter 26th May 2014, 17:43 Quote
For that price I can but the materials and tools needed and still have spare change. Hell you could make this out of sheet metal and plumbing pipes and it would even be more stable, with added steampunk appeal.....
trintragular 26th May 2014, 18:55 Quote
Good concept but not too convinced by the execution, although it looks much better than the toy-looking prototype.

I think I would've preferred a single, spacious top surface with the sockets going down into the desk and possibly with an opaque cover. From their video, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of cable management so I doubt I'd want to show off the internals through the top. A top slot-loading optical drive would've been pretty cool too.

Either way, could we have a review? Pretty please?
DrDaystrom 2nd June 2014, 16:15 Quote
Uh, I actually thought of it first, and on a grander scale:
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