Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define Mini
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26 mid-range desktop chassis group test
3 October 2013
Excerpt: Choosing a desktop computer chassis can be a challenge with so many options out there, especially in the popular £60 to £120 segment. We tested ten chassis that recently came out, and compared them to 16 desktop cases we had tested previously.
Conclusion: I keep feeling like Fractal Design is what would happen if Corsair were a European company. They share a lot of the same strengths, but they also share a lot of the same weaknesses, and that's fairly evident with the Define Mini. One thing Corsair consistently does better, though, is convenience.
Summary: Everything about the Define Mini won me over in the end. The structure is very solid; even with the side panel off there wasn't any flexing to be had to this design. The soundproofing, ModuVent panels and the front door all work in harmony to give you a silent user experience.
Summary: Compared to the Define R2 / R3 , the Define Mini is two inches shorter, sheds two hard drive bays, three expansion slots, and one optional fan placement on the ceiling. The smaller dimensions makes it seem sturdier even though the build quality is about the same.
Conclusion: Fractal has managed to design a case that is both extremely functional and stylish but at the same time they have avoided everything all of the other manufactures do. This is an almost all steel design that is designed to near silent while still having great cooling.
Summary: The Fractal Design Define Mini deserves the same score as the Define R3. The case is a successful attempt at offering the exact same features of the bigger cases as a compact mATX variant. On top of that the Define Mini finally is the first of the entire Define series to ship with internal USB 3.0.
Pros: Great build quality, All black interior, Internal USB 3.0 connector, Fan controller included, White Fractal Design accents still there, Plenty of space for large PSUs, Possibility to install long graphics cards, 5.25 inch to 3.5 inch adapter included, 3.5 inch hard drive rubber mounted, Thumb scr...
Cons: Very little space between mainboard and side panel, Clips of front covers won't last long, Limited CPU cooler clearance, Only available in black, No more eSATA, USB 3.0 cable is blue - not black, Tough cable hiding/management
Conclusion: The Mini is a great addition to the product range of Fractal Design, they already had the hugely popular Define R3 and also the huge Define XL for people who need even more space, so it's only logical to address also the mATX-users out there.
Conclusion: Nu skal vi til det, den endelige konklusion. Dette kabinet kan man kun blive forelsket i, det er lavet så det fanger ens øjne og kan både bruges på det flotte kontor og i den mørke gamer-hule, så det egner sig til alle forhold.