Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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15 October 2013
Excerpt: There are two main schools of thought when it comes to enthusiast case design.One can be thought of as attention-seeking: make it as flashy, splashy, and eye catching as possible.The other is most often described as minimalist: strip the design down to bare essentials, keep the design accents...
Summary: There's a lot here to like about the Define R4. Working inside it was a relatively pain free experience. It provides ample space for working within, and the extra space behind the tray did make shoving thicker cables back there easier. I liked the dual purpose drive tray system.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I have been hearing really good things about the Define R4 since it was released and I can see why. Fractal Design has another solid product here in this case. Starting off with looks the Defire R4 has a really sleek but simple design.
Pros: – Room for up to 10 hard drives!, – Lots of room behind the motherboard tray to route cables, – USB 3.0 support, – Sleek design, – Price
Cons: – Pretty heavy, – Fan controller only supports 3 fans
Conclusion: Fractal Design made a name for themselves with the original Define and they have continued to somehow manage to find ways to improve on the design 3 more times up to the R4 that we have here today. The styling of the case hasn’t changed much really, but what is their to change.
Excerpt: From what I hear, not all the best cases are made from Aluminum. However, I can’t think of the last case I used for my primary workstation that wasn’t. Fractal Design has set out to change all that with the Define R4.
Conclusion: Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Fractal Design Define R4 PC case a rating out of 10.
Pros: Very functional case, Minimal noise, Fan speed control, 2 x USB 3.0/2 x USB 2.0 on front I/O panel, Plenty of room for expansion and future upgrades, Very spacious interior, Very sleek and stylish design, Big hardware supported, Hard Drive caddies are configurable, Supports up to 8 HDD/SSD, Excel...
Cons: Very Heavy ATX PC Case, Paint job not very durable, easy to scratch/mark, Needs better side panel fitting, Minimal looks may not cater for all
Summary: The Fractal Design Define R4 Case is a perfect combination of style & functionality. What separates this mid-tower case from others is it's spacious design and acoustic-dampening material for a near silent build.
Excerpt: The mid-tower chassis is what I would consider to be one of the most versatile chassis types in the computing world. Since our computer components are getting larger the role of the mid tower chassis has taken on an entirely new meaning, it not only has to be able to keep our components cool, these...