Lian-Li has been a staple in the PC industry for a number of years now, producing a number of well built and equally well designed aluminum PC cases. They have come out with chassis to hold SFF Mini-ITX up to E-ATX based systems, all the way to full-size desks. However, the company isn't just in the traditional chassis business, and a few years ago they branched out with the release of their unique DK-Q2, their first computer desk which housed full sized components underneath a layer of tempered glass. Since then they have released the DK-03, last year’s first motorized, height adjustable enclosed DK-04, and now they are taking the wraps off of the latest version of their PC desk design: the DK-05.

Lian-Li DK-05

The DK-05 was first shown in Lian-Li’s booth at CES earlier this year. Lian-Li says they have added more cooling and more flexibility in the latest iteration of their motorized adjustable PC desk. The jet black aluminum DK-05 is able to support two complete workstations under the tinted tempered glass surface, capable of fitting up to E-ATX sized motherboards. By comparison, the outgoing DK-04 was only able to accommodate one system. Consequently, the overall size of the DK-05 has grown a bit to 140cm(55.1”) wide x 689mm(27/1”) tall (minimum) x 780mm(30.7”) deep in order to have enough room to house two systems comfortably. These dimensions allow for plenty of workspace on top for multiple monitors, keyboards/mice, and other accessories.

 

Since it now has the ability to hold two systems, the number of fan locations increased from 8 in the DK-04 to 12 for the DK-05 (6x front, 6x rear – all 120mm w/ 12 fans included). This was likely necessary in order to remove the heat created by two complete PCs inside the tempered glass top. Designed for liquid cooling, the DK-05 can hold one 480mm radiator (left side rear), and 3 360mm radiators in various locations. Between the motherboard trays are mountings for pumps, reservoirs, or additional drive storage. Each side has a removable motherboard tray where owners mount their systems, including ATX power supplies up to 280mm in length, graphics cards up to 360mm in length, while the headroom for CPU coolers maxes out at 160mm high.

 

There are two independent front panels connecting to each system, with one on the left and one on the right. Both are mirror images of each other, containing 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x HDMI, HD Audio, power button (no reset buttons?), and dials for adjusting RGB LEDs. Lian-Li considers the desk VR ready, as there is are HDMI outputs on both front panels to connect your VR headset of choice. The right side of the desk below the front panel is where users will find buttons to control desk height. A digital display shows the current height (in CM) and to the right of it are the control surfaces for adjustment. There are two up and down arrows for manual height control, as well as having four user-programmable presets. The desk has enough range to accomodate both sitting and standing configurations, with a minimum height of 68.9cm(27.1”) to maximum height of 117.5cm(46.3”).

Full specifications list below:

Lian-Li DK-05 Specifications
Model DK-05
Dimensions (W)1400mm x(H)689mm~1175mm x(D)780mm
Color Black
Body/Leg Material Aluminum / Iron
Net Weight -kg
5.25"/3.5" drive bays (External) None
Motherboard Tray S1 E-ATX
S2 E-ATX or Mini-ITX (choose one)
Expansion Slot S1 8
S2 8 or 2
Maximum Compatibility S1 VGA length: 360mm / PSU: 280mm / CPU cooler height: 160mm
S2
HDD Bay S1
3.5"/2.5" HDD x4 + 2.5" HDD x2
S2
I/O Ports S1
USB3.0 x2 / HDMI x1 / USB3.1(Type-C) x1 / HD Audio
S2
System Fan 120mm fan x6 (Front) / 120mm fan x6 (Rear)
PSU Type ATX PSU (Optional)

More images below:

Gallery: Lian-Li DK-05

The Lian-Li DK-05 is available now at an MSRP of $2099.99. 

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  • fanofanand - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    This is really cool and appears to be laid out well. That price though..... Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    Considering what you'd get back from the price, it's not really that bad. I'm surprised it sells for under $2k USD. I think it's a bit late to the party though since the desktop PC market is so small these days. Offhand, I can't think of anyone that's even given a desktop a passing thought when it comes to purchasing a new system. People either get a laptop or use their phone/tablet. Seeing a new desktop PC or, even more rare, a custom-built desktop is almost laughable now. There are a few kicking around in businesses as workstations or heavy lifting boxes, but their numbers have certainly dwindled in the past decade. Reply
  • bloodgain - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    I know quite a few folks that still use desktops, but I'm a software developer, so I might be running with a different crowd. I also have a HTPC as my main entertainment device and "game console", so I'm in a dwindling minority of users.

    That said, I've been doing some non-trivial development on a higher-end 15" business class HP laptop. It's not anything terribly heavyweight, but it's multi-threaded, asynchronous multi-process type stuff. Even with the extra weight of Windows (I'm mostly a Linux developer), I've barely tapped the capabilities of the machine. However, one of our processes is a bit inefficient for our purposes, chewing up a full core and up to a GB of RAM, turning the laptop into a temporary space heater when it's running. Most desktops wouldn't even break a sweat.
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  • HomeworldFound - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    I'd love one but Lian-Li made some very silly decisions, like in order to plug in a USB cable or a DisplayPort cable you have to take the lid off. Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    What I meant to say is that the I/O panel is not accessible without opening the desk. Reply
  • ads295 - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    Huh? The two front ends of the desk have the IO panel exposed, as detailed in the first and last picture... Reply
  • bloodgain - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    I think you're talking about a different I/O panel. The front I/O is fine. It's the "rear" I/O with all the graphics card connections, network ports, and the majority of the USB HomeworldFound is talking about.

    However, I don't think it's a huge deal. How often do you need to change what's hooked up to the *back* of the computer? There's plenty on the front for quick access and temporary connections, including an HDMI -- though I'd have preferred DisplayPort and a couple included adapter dongles. If you need that many extra hot-swap USB ports all the time, you can leave a couple cables pre-connected or hook up a hub. In the end, you have to decide if it works for your use case.
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  • HomeworldFound - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    Exactly, sorry I had trouble with that because I'm giving up a serious coca-cola habit. I really felt that the single limitation would be the most annoying. I would still like one of these desks but it would be amazing if we could extend the ports on the motherboards rear I/O to the rear of the desk and plug in there. Reply
  • Samus - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    Perfect for LAN parties! Reply
  • meacupla - Friday, August 04, 2017 - link

    For the price and having tempered glass top, I'm surprised they didn't include a place to mount VESA arms Reply

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