The Parts – The Top

The 1st generation Lian Li desk comes in four varieties. The longer versions (176 cm) are designated by the F1 name, and the normal length (154.5cm) versions are called the F2. The A models’ parts are hard-anodized in a brushed, silver finish, while the B models’ parts are also hard-anodized and brushed, but jet black in color. The unit that Lian Li sent us for review is the F1B, and included both possible accessories: the side desk and the file cabinet. After taking everything out of the five large, well packed cardboard boxes, we were left with quite an array of hardware.


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The masking tape visible in some pictures is just there to hold anything that could move around in place during shipment. We’ll start our look at the individual pieces that make up the F1 / F2 by looking at the main top piece, a one-piece unit with solid aluminum top and sides.


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Not too much to say about the top of the main piece, other than its immaculate finish. The only real feature here worth noting are the cord holders on the back at either end.

These are of a simple two-part design where the inside piece comes out to allow you to fit the large ends of various types of cords, but also rotates when back in place.

Turning the piece around looking at the underside is a bit more interesting.

Index The Parts - The Top (cont’d)
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  • islandtechengineers - Saturday, August 20, 2005 - link

    the begining of a new era? so within the next 20 years instead of seeing old pc's on the street corners ( in which the waste management will not take) I'll see these creations. I, not downing it, but im still a fan of customized pc's. I love a great desk/chair, but its a little wierd to change the desk simply if you want to swap a case. Reply
  • mongo lloyd - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    Sorry Lian Li but this product is too late... ION Storm Dallas is no more. Reply
  • rjn17960 - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    For all of you complaining about the price, just check out the link at the end of the review, right before the link to the comments:

    Find the lowest prices or Buy it from Monarch Computer Systems for $189.00


    Way to go Monarch!
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  • blackmetalegg - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Since when is stealing milk crates from supermarket considered legal?? Reply
  • Zirconium - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Who said anything about legal? Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    You know you're a computer geek when... 'd? Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    You know you're a computer geek when... 'd? Reply
  • piasabird - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Who wants a cheap metal desk?

    I can just go buy a used desk and drill a round hole in the back for the cords.

    This desk did not seem very inventive or revolutionary. I have seen some nice desks with glass tops that looked nicer than this. For $3,000 you expect an LCD to rise up out of the back of the desk or maybe a flush mounted LCD that is part of the desktop. Yah it looks fairly nice, but it is just so bland looking.
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  • TheGee - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Like the idea of the distributed components to use the alluminium as heatsinks. How about a copper one for 5K? That would be great in the colder areas such as Alaska where using a pentium D would create a built in handwarmer for those 'minus' days!
    I don't like desks personally and I built a large unit on tha wall which has every thing behind doors except the box which is a pullout section underneath and the main screen area where the two screens are, I also took the trouble to create a large pullout that holds the intuos tablet to the right and the mouse pad to the left (made myself use mouse left handed from day 1) but still use mouse on right with 1P shooters. Doors were salvaged and CD racks were cheap and I refinished them. Also got room for phono deck to get all my old albums on to CD. Probably cost $200 and no problems where to fit it.

    If the desk itself had some style about it it might be worth the money but as it looks like an anodised cladding sheet it's a bit much so I can't see CEO's takin' to it either.
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  • UltraWide - Monday, August 08, 2005 - link

    Well, first things first; the review itself is very good. Nothing to pick about the actual review or reviewer, both are top notch.

    Now, the reason why everyone is laughing at the price is because this desk has no real market IMHO. People that build-your-own are (almost)always looking for most-bang-for-the-buck. I mean who is going to get that Dell XPS for $3,000 when you can get a build--your-own that would be 2x faster right? Well, hence LianLi's problem. Their desk houses a case/system that is geared towards those who don't actually buy this kind of product.

    From the opposite side I can somewhat understand the argument, but again it's self-contradicting. I used to build my own computers until about 3 years ago. Then, I started to work and didn't really have the time or energy to research and get best and greatest or keep up with the changes in CPUs , GPUs, etc. But, 1 thing did change and it was my income. Now I have more disposable income for "toys" and I just buy a Dell because it's easier, it may not be the fastest but it's reasonably fast, quiet and with decent service. So, now that I can afford more stuff and go out looking for a desk. I see it as furniture and try to match it to the rest of the furniture in the house, I see this LianLi F1 and decide to give it a try, wait... my Dell XPS (alienware, voodo, whatever you prefer) doesn't fit in there! So I just move on and never give it a second thought...
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