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Fractal Design Define R4 Case Review
8 April 2013
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. If you are a fan of crazy designs this is not going to be the case for you, but if you want something that looks solid the Define R4 is just that. I do like that the version we received for review had a side panel window.
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
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. This case is sleek, sturdy, and may just be the one to displace my aluminum tradition.
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. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score.
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, Excellent Build quality, Cable management is very good, Support for custom watercooling hardware, Plenty of ventilation, Locations for a further five 120/140mm fans
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
Excerpt: The Define series from Fractal Design is one that used to consist of the single version of the Define Mini along with four versions of the Define R3 that was a huge success for them. From what I can gather, the plan was to keep what makes the R3 such a success, but add things that R3 buyers suggested may need improving or just random suggestions that also made it into this newest chassis that Fractal Design is just releasing as I type this.
Excerpt: 6 Flares 6 Flares × Fractal Design have been around for a few years now and have made a name for themselves by producing a range of whisper quiet cases which also offer great build quality and good value. We were very impressed with the Fractal Design Define XL when we tested it last year so we were very excited when Fractal Design offered us their latest model to test.
Conclusion: Fractal je predstavljanjem Define R4 kućišta nastavio filozofiju započetu Define Mini i XL kućištima, a to je napraviti moderno i kvalitetno kućište koje će imati dobra svojstva upijanja zvuka, a opet ponuditi dobar protok zraka za hlađenje vitalnih komponenti računala. Mini je bi namijenjen manjim sistemima, XL velikim a R4 je svojom mid-tower konfiguracijom u mogućnosti udomiti i prosječnu ali i jaču konfiguraciju kao što je bila naša testna.
Pros: Kvaliteta materijala i izrade, dizajn, mogućnosti, mjesta za proširenja, filteri za prašinu, obloženo materijalom za upijanje zvuka, 26 mm za menadžment kabela + dva SSD mjesta.
Summary: Das Gehäuse ist um zirka 2,5cm breiter als herkömmliche Midi Tower. Diese Überbreite wurde dem Kabelmanagement an der rechten Seite spendiert. Aktuelle Technik wie USB 3.0 intern, eine 3-Stufen-Lüftersteuerung, ein integriertes Schallschutzset und Luftfilter sprechen für das Case. Das Gewicht sowie der Preis sind etwas höher angesiedelt. Die Optik ist unauffällig aber auch zeitlos. Die tadellose Verarbeitung rundet das Gesamtergebnis positiv ab.
Pros: tadellose Verarbeitung, großzügig ausgelegtes Kabelmanagement, Stauraum für viele Festplatten, Staubschutzfilter+Schnellmontageelemente, USB 3.0 intern, viele Lüfter möglich, Lüftersteuerung