Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R3
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Overpriced Antec copycat
Aaron M., Newegg
16 January 2012
Summary: Stay away if you're looking for something high-quality and long lasting. The plastic on the front is ugly, cheap, and scratches easily. Look for a solution from Lian Li, Antec, or Cooler Master, and stay away from Fractal's cheap, ugly, plastic garbagio.
Pros: It's fairly quiet, USB 3.0 support, decent cable management
Cons: Very little thought went into this case. Where to start... Anyone who's ever seen an Antec Performance One case (my experience is with the lovely P180 Mini) should consider this case a slap in the face. It's a cheap copycat. Everything from the styling to the features are nearly identical to Ante...
Summary: Worst intake filter design EVER! Do not understand how they managed to do this - absolutely useless double doors with not removable filters. Absolutely ridiculous and absurd design. So absurd that I would take 5 EGGs off if I could.
Pros: Good build quality. Quiet. Soundproofing materials on side panels pre-installed. Lots of HDD slots. Would be perfect for homeserver (see Cons).
Cons: No HDD activity LED. Only Power (really bright) LED. Not removable dust filters! After month of use even my vacuum cleaner cant take dust of this filters. They must be washed. But to remove them you need unscrew it together with fans, remove fans and reassemble after washing! And this is not easy...
Pros: None. Seriously. Well, the package box wasn't damaged.
Cons: Opened it up to discover the entire front of the case was cracked off, hanging by the small wires connecting front USB ports/power button/etc. Fine, I thought, because dealing with Newegg is fine in these situations. Boy was I wrong. I hope my experience isn't the way Newegg is dealing with custo...
Summary: Received mine damaged -- wasn't damaged in transit, the box was clearly in excellent condition. However, the case itself had a ridiculous dent in the leg that prevents use. First lemon I've ever gotten from Newegg!
Pros: Sleek design, light weight. Will have more to say when I get a working model.
Cons: Again, have to reserve judgment for a working model.
Summary: 26lbs to RMA, it will cost me a fortune... I don't even know if I want to order big items with newegg anymore. We should be able to attach pictures.
Pros: The case I wanted, simple design, perfect airflow, not to fancy etc..
Cons: I just received it and the front is in piece, the CHEAP plastic parts that attach the front of the case to the actual case are completely broken, they are not even in the box… therefore the front panel cannot stay "lock" to the case. The case has no apparent damage, the same goes for the box.
Summary: There has never been any significant damage to the boxes each time I have received the case. The damage has to have occurred at the manufacture. It's sad that customers have to suffer from this.
Pros: All the features one would want in a case - not really any others like it. Newegg has the best customer service.
Cons: First time it arrived, the side panel thumbscrew was completely striped from the case, a hard drive bay was bent all up, and one of the corners was caved in. After a successfully RMA, the second one I received had the front of the case COMPLETELY RIPPED OFF with all plastic fasteners broken. Afte...