Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define Mini
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Great case, wish they'd tone down the lighting.
Jay Dee, Amazon
7 November 2013
Summary: Great case, fit and finish is terrific and the inside is laid out well. I just wish the power / status button was so obnoxiously blue and bright. Until I can summon the motivation to track to the light wires and disconnect them I've taken to just covering the light with electrical tape.
Nice case. Good value. Not perfect. My updated HTPC is now silent, sleek and fast!
19 September 2013
Summary: The Fractal Design Define Mini Really is a nice case. It has all that I will need for upward-compatibility for several years (USB 3 ports, sound deadening, lots of drive bays) and a clean and plain look. This is perhaps the best case currently on the market that has a truly clean and quality look. Buyer beware: There is nothing "mini" about this case. It is huge. This is a difficult case to work with. Screws seem easy to strip so be careful. The mfg.
Summary: This is a really nice case. Cables can be routed behind the plate the motherboard is mounted to and they even provide wire ties in the box. The front door is magnetic and not a lousy plastic clip. Overall the look is great and the paint job is really nice. The trays the hard disks sit in have nice rubber bushings to mount to and all the hardware you need is in the box. VERY happy with this purchase.
Summary: This case feels very sturdy and looks simply stunning. I use this as a media server in the living room and it's very quiet. Cable management is easy and the dust filters keep the interior pretty clean. No flashy lights or odd shapes; just a simple case that does exactly what it's supposed to. It's my new favorite case.
An outstanding case, with slim to no drawbacks (depending on how you look at it).
4 July 2013
Summary: I brought this case for my first build. I wanted something small, yet big. Tons of hard drive spaces, big enough for sli, albeit only two cards though, 6 fan mounting spots (out of a microATX?!). Some fitment issues arose from the motherboard, it had to be forced to line up with the mounting holes (ASUS Maximus V Gene). The front door really polishes the look of the case; however, the door is flimsy.
Summary: Got mailed to me double packaged. Very quiet case, especially when you don't use the side panel fan. Lots of places to mount fans. The mini case is difficult to mount water cooling radiators, I ended up mounting mine behind the front panel after removing the hdd rack. LED has a nice blue color to it, and the power button does't feel cheap. This is a very flexible case for installations. There is no removable motherboard tray.
Summary: This case is phenomenal. Between the build quality and the neat extra it is hard to go with any other case. Now this size might be a bit big for a micro ATX case but you get some nice features with it. There is plenty of room for cables as long as you are smart about how you run them. The HD rack is awesome. Plenty of air flow. With the proper CPU cooler you won't have to worry about overheating. No stupid LEDs or gaudy graphics.
Summary: I have built many PCs from parts through the years, and I always cheaped out on the case. I refused to spend more than $40 for what was essentially a box. Well, I was completely wrong about that. The Fractal Design Mini is a revelation -- I had never put together a system so quickly before, because everything in this case fits perfectly. All the screw holes line up exactly.