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.
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 ...
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 ba...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Summary: You would not do yourself wrong with buying this case. Fractal has forever earned my respect with the extreme build quality of this case and when ever i upgrade my computers from now on they will be the first place I look for cases.
Pros: The build quality of this case is unlike any other I have seen. I managed to snag one while it was on sale and got it for a steal. Even at full price though its really worth it. The case feels sturdy and well designed. No sharp edges and the hard drive bays can be removed very easily. I have a GT...
Cons: None at all. I loved the case the second i opened the box.
Summary: Build quality is okay. The foam sound insulation for one of the "ModuVents" was glued on crooked like one of the workers was having a bad day and just slapped it on. Not worth taking off an egg but worth mentioning.
Pros: - Minimalistic appearance. - Brushed-look front panel is really nice. - Great cable management. - Almost all black except for HDD/SSD quick release trays and PCIe brackets. - Lots of options for hard drive and fan placements. - Silent. - Fans that come with the case are pretty good.
Summary: Just had to replace my 10 year old computer and wanted a case that can take a beating and had filter options. Was afraid of the price tag (that's on me, I am cheap), but once I got it out of it's box I felt in love with it. Thank you Fractal, and Newegg of course.
Pros: So simple and elegant look. Easy to work on, lots of options. Love the room for extra fans if needed. Front fan mounts was a great idea. Just purchased this about 3 weeks ago and loving this case. Coming from what I though was a decent 10 year old case to this one really makes me realize how othe...
Cons: Heavy. Weight description is accurate. Be aware. Got a restocked case, saw all the tape around it and was afraid of something gone bad. Got lucky and was only the front/top panel USB 2.0 port connection, I put it back in place in no time. Not dropping an egg over poor judgement, but something to ...
Summary: Great case, very solid. It is more refine than the define atx series. comes with foam plugs on the side and top fan slots if you choose not to use them, which is a nice plus. Can't fit 2nd video card, which is the only bad thing about this case.
Pros: Great Design, sleek, easy to work with. Slim enough for specialized mounts.
Cons: Not tall enough to fit SLI/Crossfire config. Ended up having to get an ATX case. Corsair has SLI/Crossfire friendly matx cases.