Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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Excellent Case with Excellent Support
Aron W., Newegg
6 days ago
Summary: Sunday night I sent Fractal an e-mail stating my fan issue and by 8:30 Monday morning, I had a reply. After providing my name, phone number, shipping address, and case serial number, I had a FedEx tracking number before 10:30 the same day with my replacement fan on the way. I have never received support like this ever. Topnotch case by a topnotch company. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
Pros: This is the quietest case I have ever owned. The construction is very impressive too, it feels very solid. Plenty of room for the biggest graphics card you could ever dream of. Cheap- Got mine on sale for $80 with free shipping
Cons: My rear exhaust fan made a sound similar to someone tapping their nail a desk. I would dock an egg for this but support made up for it. (see below)
Summary: On arrival the box seemed unusually heavy on arrival. On boxing to investigate I found that the case contained a live puma. It ran into the forest and I haven't seen it sense. I feel that this case was a real score for the price point.
Pros: Well made. See other reviews and product description.
Summary: I have had this case for quite some time, I had to upgrade the PSU to one of the new more efficient units, and the main issue with this case was that the bottom fan can not be 140mm, even at 120mm fan with a modular PSU you make your own new holding positions, as some PSU's are much longer like the Corsair HX750i, about 2 inches longer then old one that was replaced OCZ GAMEXStream OCZ700GXSSL
Pros: great case! nice and quite, esp when setting up the fans to scale down in power based on CPU load, when all fans go full blast sounds like a jet, but idle and mild load its nice and bearable to use!
Cons: will not fit the new efficient PSU's that are longer then standard You either give up that bottom fan, or use 120mm not 140mm and make your own holding area for that fan Should come with a magnetic screen cover for side fan, been using that stops small particles, fine ones still go through the mesh
Summary: I did rotate the upper drive cage (empty) to increase air flow. I also moved the front fan to the upper position, so it blows through the empty cage, across the motherboard, to the rear fan. I can't say this was absolutely necessary, but increased airflow is never bad. Will revisit this if I ever need to populate the upper drive cage. There is one LED for power on the front.
Pros: Very sturdy. Exceedingly quiet. Two included fans are almost inaudible at 100% (1000RPM). My CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo) the same at "normal" speed, ~1000 RPM. It is audible at full speed, 2K RPM, but not a problem. This is a sturdy, heavy case. Not a negative for me, as I won't be moving the system that often. It is well built with plenty of room for cables, fans, etc. Styling is very minimalist / Scandanavian . There is a power LED, some USB & audio ports and that's ...
Cons: The case does not have a POST speaker. I picked one up locally for ~$3. Not a big deal, but would be nice if one was included. As others noted, the case is big and heavy, but I knew that when I bought it. The front plastic cover is secure, but easily removed. Not a negative to me, as I don't expect to lift a 27lb case by a plastic cover. It never pops off when opening/closing the door to access a DVD drive.
Summary: I have used institutional Dell cases, Raidmax, Thermaltakes, LL's and probably forgotten quite a few... For the price and quality this is the best you can get.
Pros: This case is spacious, quiet and well thought out. The removable hard drive cage allows you to fit ridiculously long video cards with no effort. All of the sharp edges are rounded and the paintjob is solid too.
Cons: It's a little bit large so it looks kind of comical sitting on the milk crate I use to keep my tower off of the carpet. The mount for the front air filter seems a little flimsy as well... That's really all I can say. Other than that this thing is a dream.
Summary: Will update when I hear back from Fractal.
Pros: None yet. I guess a pro would be that there seems to be enough space for everything I need. However, see my *cons first..
Cons: Received my case from UPS today. As soon as I opened the box and removed the case from the two flimsy pieces of Styrofoam holding it together, pieces of plastic started falling out. All but one of the plastic pegs that holds the front face of the case together were broken and just rolling around inside the shell of the case. At first I thought maybe I was looking at the case wrong...no, no I was not. The front panel of the case just hangs in place now, dangling becaus...
Summary: I am disappointed that Fractal Designs would allow such an obvious defect to pass their manufacturing QA. Also I am very disappointed that Newegg is making me pay shipping costs to return a defective unit.
Pros: Very good design, which I why I selected and purchased it during the recent Newegg sales.
Cons: Except that I was shipped a defective unit. The top of the case was warped inwards such that by slightly pushing it it would noisily pop upwards. Fans mounted there would have the case exhaust grills warped into the fans.
Summary: I decided to move the front fan up one slot and use the rotating drive bays as a fan guide, so to do that I had to remove the face plate. I didn't realize it at first, until I noticed I had no audio through the front jacks, that the front audio cable got disconnected. It seemed like just a small problem, but it was rather difficult to get reconnected because of the way the front panel is.
Pros: The build quality of the case is very good, the design is sleek and minimal, cable management is awesome in this case because there is so much room, it's extremely quiet
Cons: The front audio cable tends to come unhooked when removing the front plate, only comes with two fans out of the box