Lian Li's computer-in-a-desk chassis to arrive in July

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
May 29, 2014
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  1. The idea of stuffing a computer inside of a desk isn't entirely new as modders have been doing it for years. Unfortunately, most of us don't possess the time or skill required to build something that's both functional and aesthetically...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    It is beautiful, just not very practical:

    - Any proper PC desk gives room for the mouse + keyboard cables to extend underneath the top cover, so they do not get in the way. I don't see where they are supposed to go in with this table.

    - With new boards supporting Thunderbolt 2 ports you will have them on the back instead of the front?

    - Even a full-size tower is portable on occasion when really needed, and this thing is totally not.

    Who knows what else may go wrong with this thing, but hey, it looks nice, although from the right side it resembles a BBQ :)
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  3. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 104   +14

  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

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  5. It's awesome but is it $1,000 awesome
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I'm not a fan of how it looks like those monitor brackets attach to the desk, especially if they're clipping onto the glass. I would have liked to see a more robust/safe solution. Though for $1200 I'd just as well make my own desk assuming I could gain the assistance of some friends that do metalwork.

    I do really like the storage space for peripherals/headset on the side.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It does look like a BBQ and they were even thoughtful enough to put some pegs on the side to hang your utensils from. For the amount they're charging it should also come with an apron, spices and, oh yes, a couple of 6 packs.
    As far as the looks go, they say that beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
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  8. BabyFaceLee

    BabyFaceLee TS Booster Posts: 118   +37

    No it is not beautiful!! :p

    It's truly horrible, badly thought out and if I didn't know better I'd say it was an April Fool's joke. I'd rather have a BBQ in my living room than this ridiculous eyesore.
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  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    That's cool. Looks good IMHO. Great for someone living in an inner city apartment.
  10. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Booster Posts: 167   +34

    I hope that the anti-vibration on the fan mounts and the HDDs is good as a vibrating desk would not be comfortable to use.
  11. bnjohanson

    bnjohanson TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +10

    At first I looked at this as something potentially interesting...;
    Then I saw the price...;
    Then I looked at the pics of this rickety-looking, pressed-recycled tin/aluminum, ready-to-assemble, piece of crap with card table legs, and a nauseatingly tacky "Lian Li" thickly-raised plastic badge Elmer's-glued on the side...;

    And then I looked at the price one more time just to make sure...what a complete insult and then, just plain laughable.

    Lian Li is in a conundrum- Only Kim Kardashian would be stupid enough to pay this much for this thing, ...and she isn't interested.
  12. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Well it's cheaper than the Red Harbinger Cross Desk, but it doesn't look anywhere near as cool. If I had $1200 to drop on a desk, it would look a helluva lot better than this.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    I actually think I can mimic the idea and build one for $400. I don't see how mass producing them would cost $1200 a piece. Must be paying for an abundance of unnecessary equipment and labor. Hell it is no more than a standard case with legs. Optimized a bit, but basically no more than the standard case costing $40.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    More like great for someone working in an inner city crime lab. Looks like it would be easy to clean. Just swab it down with some alcohol, and it's ready for the next autopsy.
    Steve likes this.

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