This is either a really funny project or an April 1 prank that reached the party a whole month later, but we are going to write about it anyway. It isn't often that something truly unusual shows up on the IT front after all.
Lian Li has formally introduced the CK-101, a PC case that looks and behaves like a steam engine-based train locomotive.
And by “behave” we mean just that: it has functional wheels and can travel along miniature rails, pumping out smoke all the while.
We've embedded a video of the CK-101 in action below. You can expect to see that happening all day long during Computex actually. In order to attract the crowd, Lian Li will have the PC case drive in loops at its booth.
And here is where we should probably make it clear that this is not just a pretty plastic and steel toy. It really is a working desktop case, complete with space for a slim optical drive, 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch storage units and even USB 3.0 connectivity.
CK-101 will share the spotlight with the PC-Q15, another moving case that looks more like an SUV than a train. Lian Li says the two were made specifically for Computex, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of them selling to people.
Anyway, the company will have four more or less standard cases to offer as well, each with its own purpose. They weren't given names, but a general idea of their nature was specified.
First off, there is an ATX enclosure with “lots of storage potential” and enough room to hold VGA cards of up to 370mm length.
The second chassis is big enough for EATX motherboards and has “lots of tool-less features and hotswap capabilities.”
Thirdly, Lian Li described a server chassis big enough for HPTX platforms and armed with sufficient space for twenty 3.5-inch HDDs.
The fourth and final new case is “designed for extreme noise reduction” and has a single, “carefully calculated sized intake vent” on the underside.