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: 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...
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 GTX 780 2 fans and a H80i water cooler and I can not hear the computer under my desk over myself typing on the keyboard... It really is as quiet as they say. Every panel is cove...
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. Besides that fact I think this case is amazing and it's a great buy if you are looking for a silent and sleek looking PC.
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 others tell the difference between a cheap case to a good one. This one is a Great one. Was not expecting such a sturdy case.
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 keep in mind. I work on manufacturing, here is a hint Fractal and Newegg; always check your returned items for defects.
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. But if that isnt one of your requirements, very nice overall.
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.