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Lian-Li announces Desk Chassis refresh & dual compartment case

by Mark Tyson on 28 May 2015, 13:30

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Lian-Li has written to HEXUS to inform us about its Computex 2015 wares. The well known aluminium chassis and chassis peripheral manufacturer will be showcasing two refreshed Desk Chassis models and a new dual-compartment aluminium plus tempered glass chassis design. These products will accompany Lian-Li's current full range of mini, micro, mid, and full tower brushed aluminium chassis at the show.

DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis refresh

We have featured the original Lian-Li Desk Chassis in HEXUS news previously. One of the first times they were showcased, at CeBit 2014, I noted that the legs didn't look very substantial for a chassis + desk, an object of furniture that might have to suffer the weight of a multi-monitor setup plus a heavy user elbow. At the time Lian-Li assured us of the DK01's sturdiness.

Now it looks like Lian-Li has either had some negative feedback about the construction of previous Desk Chassis models (did any fall over, collapse or buckle?) or just wants the case to appear sturdier/stronger to help it sell more of them. The two tubular leg constructs have been swapped out for four sturdy looking adjustable legs on the new DKQ2 and DK03 Desk Chassis.

In other refinements to the chassis, Lian-Li says it has simplified the chassis to aid system building and its finesse its minimal look. The chassis are also said to provide "more refined aesthetics and ergonomics".

PC-O8 Dual compartment case

Prototypes of this case have been shown before, such as at CeBit earlier in the year. However this chassis should be nearing its final form, and this dual-compartment case will be on show at Computex. The PC-O8 combines Lian-Li's dual-compartment chassis knowhow with a mixed aluminium and tempered glass construction. The glass aspects will allow system builders to show off their PC components in all their glory while less handsome components are squirreled away in a large compartment behind the motherboard tray.

Lian-Li will be exhibiting in Taipei's World Trade Center, Hall 3, Booth G0136. Computex 2015 kicks off on 2nd June, running until 6th June.

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Ah, Lian Li. So close, and yet so far. The last case I purchased from them was my T60B, and it appears that it will still be my last from them for the foreseeable future.

Just in case there are any Lian Li reps perusing the comment section, here's some advice on how to get my business back.

- Include some space for real cooling options. Not just air cooled, but options for decent water cooled gear. Meaning; radiators of at least Alphacool UT-60 thickness with additional room for push/pull fans. Speaking of, make that 120 x 38mm fans in p/p, although I could live with 120 x 25mm.

- Some air intakes & exhausts capable of handling the airflow needed to support the cooling system above. Also, yes. I have UT-60's & a Monsta as well, so I'm not asking for what I don't need to make use of the equipment I already own. Right, and filtered intakes, to be sure.

- Class. The PC-O8 is lacking it in voluminous amounts. I don't mind a window to see the water cooling, nice wiring job, & custom harnesses I make for my machines, but all tempered glass is… well, a bit on the trashy side. The only thing that doesn't allow a complete verbal parallel to 1980's vintage mobile home furnishings is that it lacks a brass plating. Honestly, it looks as though you hired a former Apevia designer. With that in mind, ditch the LED strips as well.

After all of that, you might get a return customer.

The desk…

- Drop it from the lineup. Most people who want one generally build their own, or commission someone to build what they want if they don't possess the skills to do so themselves. Critiques: 1st) it's too small. 2nd) it's way too pricey to ship. 3rd) it's still not suitably wide enough for a multi-monitor setup . To top it off, it looks a bit on the iffy side with no lower bracing for the legs. Piece of advice: If you're going to go whole hog for the top end of the market, then you should build it with an eye towards the users in the market you're trying to sell to.

On a positive note; I do like the revised leveling feet, but that's about the only upside as I see it.