Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define Mini
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Great overall case
PHONG T., Newegg
14 February 2014
Summary: This was the third Fractal case I bought (the others being the R4 and XL R2).
Pros: The case has plenty of space. The noise padding does a pretty good job dampening noise. Design and quality is great.
Cons: While it is a great overall case there are a few issues I've run in to. While the majority of the case is made from the matte metal, the front panel of the case (enclosure where the front usb ports are) can pop off if you accidentally bump it hard enough. When that happens the short USB cords can get unplugged and it's a pain to get back.
Summary: I built a new system for my mother using a micro ATX board inside this case. I added several components I had laying around unused including an Asus EAH6950 3 slot video card. This is one of the longest cards on the market and after removing the top drive cage bay it fit in the case perfectly.
Pros: Rugged build quality. Well thought out customizable interior. Exactly as advertised.
Summary: I bought this case looking for a compact yet capable platform to build a mid-range overclocked, gaming rig. I was shocked at the quality of the case when I received it less than a week later. It is sleek, beautiful, very aesthetically pleasing (both to the eyes and ears), and holds all of my high-end components with ample airflow and space.
Summary: Although the cable managment could be improved this is a very nice case and I would buy again. I would also recommend this to anyone looking for a minimalistic and quiet computer case.
Pros: Very Quiet -- Included fans are good quality, sound insulation works well, above-average build quality.
Cons: Less than ideal space behind the motherboard tray for cable management. I have a non-modular power supply, I had trouble sliding the panel back on. When I slide it back on some of the wires were pushed back into view and there was a small bulge in the panel. The grommets for routing cables kept falling off and they were very annoying to get back on. Although to be honest it doesn't have a side window so no one is really going to look inside at the cables.
Summary: I've never purchased a "brand name" PC and I never will. I've been building my own for more than 30 years, and in all of that time I've never seen a case like this. It's a huge, heavy, monolithic lump that's also nearly perfect for almost every PC. Workstations and extreme game systems might want more flexibility for water cooling.
Pros: This case is built like a brick Sh**house. The workmanship is superb; attention to detail is excellent. It's quiet, extremely quiet. Cable management is good.
Cons: This case is built like a brick Sh**house. If you're used to aluminum ITX or mATX cases, then you're in for a shock because this isn't like those. It has a massive desk presence and weighs a metric ton. While the cable management is good, it could be better by increasing the space between the MB mounting plate and the back panel by 5mm or so.
Summary: Ok, now I did some mods for my particular build. This case has lots of white accents to contrast the black already right?
Pros: You know, I have been looking for "that" case for years. This one is right there!
Cons: As with all great things, it requires planning and thinking ahead and most of all, taking your time. I can typically build a simple system from parts in boxes to ready to boot the first time in less than 20-30 minutes. This box took me 2 or 3 hours, cause I was taking my time. And I build computers for a living, have done so for over 20 years.
Summary: Finally found a MicroATX form factor replacement for the Antec Mini P180, which is VERY hard to find these days.
Pros: Excellent Micro case! Has all the features of a full tower case packed into a small design. Hard drive cages are removable and can be rotated. Plenty of (large) cooling fans. Very quiet operation. Awesome cable management, almost NEVER seen in a case this size. High-quality sound isolation foam. USB 3 on front. Fan controller included. Comes with 3 fans, can install up to 6. Fit's the largest graphics cards (when HDD cage is removed). Price seems high for a MicroATX c...
Cons: Wish they would have included a 4th fan up front (only has 1 intake installed from factory). Don't really see the point of the white-on-black design inside.
Summary: Most reviewers rave about Fractal Design cases, and I can see why. This case is high-quality, solidly built, with good soundproofing, and carefully considered features. Good points - Stylish appearance: brushed black finish on the door, matte black sides, vivid blue LED - Substantial door: closes with a satisfying magnetic clunk - interior is perfectly finished - Excellent cable tidying system, with flexible channels to push the cables through, and sufficient room in the...