Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define Mini
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Except the Light!
David L., Newegg
11 October 2014
Summary: Except for the LED noted above, I'm very happy with the case. I try to keep my computer as quiet as possible. This case allows that. For normal activities, it's almost silent. But, if you want to put a lot of high power stuff in the case, you can add quite a few fans to it very easily. Plus, even though it's a fairly small case, there's a lot of room inside.
Pros: - Looks nice - Fairly small - Easy to work with - Nice cutouts for cables & heatsink backplate - Flexibly ventilated - Quality fans - Flexible configuration
Cons: This case has a huge, blinding Power LED light. It's bad enough when the machine is just in a normal On condition. But, my motherboard (and Asus boards, in general AFAIK) flash that LED in Sleep mode. The first night I had the case, I thought some Emergency Services people were coming to pick up another one of the neighbors. The blindingly bright flashing was visible across the house. Because the LED is encircles the power button and then arcs down to the front of the...
Pros: This case is definitely quite silent, compared to some of the other cases I've had before. Most of the sides are cushioned...which seems to be what keeps the noise level low. It's also very spacy for a case.
Cons: I thought it would be "micro" in size, but it actually feels like a mid-size case. A bit smaller case would be nice.
Summary: This is not a micro sized case. It is a case for microATX boards. It has six drive bays are perfect for my MS Home Server RAID array. With the sound deadening construction and multiple cooling options makes it a good choice for this.
Pros: Solid build. Plenty drive bays. Excellent case and CPU cooling capabilities. Styling is very good.
Cons: The only con I came up with is that the entire front panel comes off pretty easy. With the way the cables are snaked through the chassis the connections to the front panel plugs they unplug and you have to open the case, unplug the onboard connectors and give yourself enough slack to plug them back into the front panel again. This should have a clip connector on it so it only comes off when you want to take it off (for cleaning)
Summary: Needed a "not so big" case for a file server that could hold 6 HDs. Thrust me, there are not that many choices. This case is also very easy to swap drives contrary to my previous Cooler Master Elite 343 who was a pain because the RAM and HSF would interfere. I added a 1650 XSPC fan on the back and plugged all the fan to the controller so I can choose the best noise performance ratio. This especially important as this is not the best ventilated case.
Pros: Quiet, well built, plenty of hard disk space, fan controller
Summary: If you're looking for a compact system, this is not the case for you. It's fairly large and very heavy. However, if you just want a quiet, cool, minimalist case, I can't recommend this enough. It's the nicest case I've ever owned, and its few flaws are easily corrected. I'll definitely be buying another Fractal in the future!
Pros: - Very quiet. I can hardly make out the sound of my GPU and CPU fans when the case is closed. - Attractive minimalist design. Fits in with almost any room's aesthetic very nicely. - Two front USB 2.0 ports, one front USB 3.0 port. People complain about the lack of 3.0 in the front, but I think 3 ports on the front of a minimalist case is pretty generous in the first place! - Spacious interior. I had more than enough room for my three hard drives, GTX 770, aftermarket ...
Cons: - HEAVY. This thing weighs about 20 lbs when it's completely empty. My mid tower is lighter than this case. It doesn't help that there isn't really a good place to grip it - there's a set of filters on the underside of the case that slide and rattle when you grab them making it almost impossible to comfortably pick it up. Fortunately, I don't travel with my PC, and I rarely need to open up my systems, so it isn't a huge issue. However, it's definitely something to kee...
Summary: Overall, I think this case is going to work out perfectly. If you want to see more, look at newegg's video review.
Pros: The first thing you will notice when you open this is that it is a veritable tank of a case. It weighs more empty than my entire computer that I am writing this on that this build will replace. It is deeper and wider than the NZXT Gamma I am using, thought the Gamma is a couple inches taller. Each side panel weighs approximately four pounds by itself. Each is covered in a dense rubber pad to dampen vibrations. The case has room for 6 case fans; it comes with 2 good 12...
Cons: Not suitable for an SFF PC, HTPC, portable LAN machine, or other lightweight task. Lightweight is not in this item's vocabulary, it has never heard of lightweight. They really shouldn't have named it Mini. It's not. At all. Maybe compared to a HAF X. The moduvent covers are nice, but it doesn't come with filters to use if you do choose to install fans in the top or side hardpoint. Only one USB3.0 port up front No HDD indicator light The front panel LED may be too brig...
Summary: I moved the fan in the back around to the second spot on the front, and got a more powerful fan for the back, so the two fans blowing in at the front would be matched by a single fan blowing out in the rear. Keeps six hard drives cool.
Pros: Sound dampening is good. HDD vibration dampening trays are great. Fans are good. Rubber holes for passing cables behind the mobo are good. Build quality, metal thickness, and overall heft are good.
Cons: The screw holes were tapped, and then the case was painted black, resulting in paint in the screw holes. This means you need a screw driver to get a thumbscrew into a hole for the first time; after that, you can operate them by hand. This was a problem with the optional screws used to secure the drive trays. Should include three 120mm fans at this price. Should be 2 USB3 ports on the top since it uses an entire USB3 header on the mobo which supports 2 ports. It's wast...