Summary: One may wonder what the changes to the chassis are at first--when looking at both the Arc Midi and Arc Midi R2 side by side. There are ultimately numerous differences, but some are more obvious than others.
Pros: Fan controller now built-in, Now with a windowed side panel, Extremely flexible hard-drive cage placement, Subtle logo replaces the large one, Space for eight HDDs, 240 mm radiator fits into ceiling and the front of the chassis, Both 5.25" bays can still be used when installing a 240 mm radiator-...
Cons: No more 3.5" adapter for external drive bays, Fans not the quietest, Plastic front (pictures may be misleading)
Summary: Before we head deeply into the conclusions, can I just say this: the photos really don't do the overall look in real-life any justice. The ARC MINI R2 is refined, tasteful and feels like it has just the right proportions.
Conclusion: The Arc Midi R2 is a fine example of a case revision done right, as for the most part the upgrades and changes are sensible and functionally beneficial. The easily removable dust filter, extra USB 3.0 port and integrated fan controller, for example, are all simple but very positive changes that...
Conclusion: Fractal's developing a habit of refreshing its chassis without serving up significant upgrades or fresh new ideas. Like the award-winning Define series - which currently stands at revision four - the second-generation Arc Midi R2 revisits a tried-and-trusted design and adds a few small enhancements.
Summary: The updates to the Arc Midi R2 compared to the first generation Arc Midi seem minor at first glance, but are essential and push the Arc Midi from being a great case to being unparalleled at its price point.
Conclusion: One thing Fractal Design does well is presentation. There is a design language at work here that flows through everything they do - even the manual follows suit. I think Fractal Design single-handedly made me a fan (please excuse the pun) of white bladed fans and contrasting looks.
Pros: Extensive air and water cooling support, Mid-tower size,, Modular drive trays, Tasteful window, Every intake filtered!, Effective use of space, Modern and subtly striking style, Able to accommodate a variety of systems well
Cons: Notched side panels, Could use some more precise tapping of screw holes, Might get a little loud if using high-powered (hotter) components
Summary: Den nya versionen Arc Midi R2 är ett intressant alternativ till Fractal Design Define R4 om kyleffekt och kylalternativ är prioriterat. Detta gäller särskilt om man skall använda vattenkylning.
Pros: Sju 140/120-mm-fläktplatser, tre förmonterade 140 mm-fläktar, en tre-stegs fläktkontroller, Två monteringsplatser för 240-mm radiatorer, Gott om utrymme för komponenterna, Flexibilitet genom två modulära hårddiskburar, Lätt att rengöra damm från alla luftintag och filter, Sidofönster i lämplig st...