Who needs a computer built into their desk anymore?

Lian-li computer case desk
© Lian-Li

This is fascinating. Fifteen years ago, when I was working in real estate development, I noticed that everyone moving into their apartments had a stereo, a big TV and a computer and monitor. There wasn't room for it all. I started working with Toronto designer Julia West on what we called convergence furniture, (see one example here) where we built 486-powered computers into furniture with all the software we could find that would let the computer work as an entertainment center, home computer and all those other functions that we now take for granted on our notebooks, tablets and phones. Nobody needs such a thing anymore.

Or do they? PSFK shows Lian-Li's new computer cases that are actually desks. You can pack a lot in; there is room for two motherboards on the bigger desk, an adjustable keyboard tray and more ports than you can count. You can watch all the lights glow through the tempered glass top. It's got the works in the drawer; you can pull it out and swap away.

There is room for a lot of hardware in this box, but it fails in a lot of ways, there is no provision for peripherals like printers and scanners, (although there are some clever hooks on the side to hang your headphones), it is really just a case on legs. Given the amount of stuff inside that drawer, that glass top can probably double as a pancake griddle.

I also wonder if it doesn't belong in another decade. Building computer furniture made sense 15 years ago but does this make sense now? I suppose if I was still doing CAD drawings and fly-throughs it might be a nice way to hide a really powerful computer, but nobody is going to drag it to a LAN party.

About a thousand bucks from Lian-Li

Who needs a computer built into their desk anymore?
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