Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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HDD vibration really bad =(
Osmin A., Newegg
20 January 2015
Pros: Silent Case, a lot of room for cable management, case looks great
Cons: The case would be 5 starts for me but I put my computer together and it;s silent but it emits a vibration that you can feel it in the entire desk , so i started to listen and see where the vibration is coming from and it's from the bottom hard drive cage my HD is making it vibrate , I remounted the hard drive to different slots and using the provided rubber mounts and screws and nada , I unplug the hard drive so it doesn't spin and the vibration is gone , so I'm 100% ...
Summary: Please finish your product all the way. 95% is not enough. I would have been ok to spend $10 for a better product. Drive trays over complicated. Not that quiet with the window.
Pros: Well engineered. 2 USB 3.0 in the top
Cons: Front panels not sturdy enough. Carried the case a few times and had to hold it by the front panel to slide it behind the driver seat in the car. However, the front panel is not properly fasten with screws but just some plastic clips and a magnet. The glue of the magnet came of 6 month a go, and the clips can prevent the front panel from being pulled out. As a result, the front comes out when I handle the case at the slightest pull and the USB and switch cables get pu...
Cons: Put a stack of books on top of case to keep the case from making a LOT of noise. Fan controller shorted. Computer will not boot with the controller wired in. Nothing worse than short cables in a case. Almost as bad as cooler master cases. I will purchase no more fractal products in the future. Is there anyone that makes quality cases anymore?
Excerpt: Ok, well i've had my eye on the Define R4 for over a year now, with the R5 coming out recently i was able to snag one up from walmart for $79.99 with free in store pickup. I am coming from another ATX Mid Tower in the old Antec 902. The 902 i've reviewed in the past an is a case i had a lot of respect for. It wasn't built for what i put in it, and it was showing it's age, so i figured when the R4 came up for sale to take a flier on it.
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 give this 1 egg, because when I got it from FedEx, it was destroyed. I'm not kidding, it was destroyed. It was as though FedEx used it to hold up the truck while changing the tire, drove off with it still supporting said truck, the got run over upon realizing they forgot the thing behind. I'm not kidding. It's ruined. The metal is bent in many places, the entire case is skewed, the entire front panel has fallen off, and the HDD trays have fallen OUT.
Pros: Good case, great reviews. Case itself is GREAT. Shipped on time.
Excerpt: I recently purchased this to replace the screaming behemoth that is the Haf X. I was looking for silence and a simple yet striking design. That was when I stumble upon this baby. It's padded on the front and both side panels that not only reducing the sound made by the fans but also adds a high level of strength to the side panels.