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Up close with Lian Li's PC-hiding standing desk

Engadget Engadget 2/06/2016 Nicole Lee
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Standing desks are the latest trend in office furniture and for good reason; sitting for hours a day can be pretty bad for your health. Lian Li, a case manufacturer that has built PCs into desks in the past, has taken that idea and incorporated into the DK-04, a PC chassis / desk combo that can be lowered and raised for both sitting and standing positions.

We had a chance to take a look at it here at Computex 2016, and like Lian Li's previous PC-desk combinations, the DK-04 will house your PC components in the aluminum tabletop (It essentially doubles as the computer's chassis). There are even vents on the rear of the desk for the hot air to dissipate. This particular one on the show floor has eight expansion slots, up to ten hard drive bays, four USB 3.0 ports and measures around 120cm wide. The top of it is a piece of tempered glass, which lets you admire your water-cooled PC rig from the outside.

Next to the USB ports and the dials are the adjustable height controls, which are very similar to other sit-stand desks. You can have it as low as 67.5 centimeters or as high as 116 centimeters. I tried it out for a few minutes and the desk does go up and down as promised, and at a pretty decent speed. I also really liked the look and feel of the desk-based PC in general -- not having messy wires everywhere makes for one of the cleanest and most minimal desktop PC designs I've seen.

That said, the DK-04 is quite spendy, starting at $1,499 just for the barebones desk. Still, it makes for a pretty compelling option for those who want a DIY gaming rig that has potential health benefits too.

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