Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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R4 Fractal Black Case
Todd S., Newegg
3 June 2014
Pros: Quality is some what better with this case. Not so "tin" like materials. Lots of drive bays and fan options. Case fan filters remove for cleaning.
Cons: Broken front fan access panel that allows one to clean the front fan area. Want to get a replacement part from manufacture since it is a small piece to replace. Tried Fractal's customer support number and it is disconnected. Also tried emailing them using their online submission process, twice. What a Joke. No replies what-so-ever.
Summary: Purchased and received the case from Newegg. Upon inspection, found some gouges on the front and side panels, as well as a few bent screws holding the case together. I Went on the advice of the literature that was packaged with the case, stating that instead of returning the case, to contact customer support to get replacement parts in the event that there are any damaged parts during shipping.
Pros: Very nice looking case. Quiet fans, excellent cable management and ruggedly built.
Cons: Apparently, someone likes to play soccer with the cases before packaging them. Non-existent Customer Service
Summary: If it wasn't for the paint chip I would be completely satisfied. Be advised that if you are running an h80i or similar 120mm radiator closed loop coolers you will only be able to mount that radiator in the exhaust port. They are not long enough to reach the front, and the top does not have 120mm support.
Pros: Lots of room Quiet Looks great Good Stock Fans Fan Controller Cool Temps
Cons: Nasty paint chip in the corner. It came that way from Newegg. It seems like the paint is not very durable, and it will likely continue to chip from the same area. Not too pleased about that, but it's a real hassle to RMA a case. This might be the last time I actually order a case from Newegg because it appears a lot of people receive their cases damaged. It's really a shame to have an all black build with a nasty paint chip right in the corner that draws attention.
Summary: Just to add to my review. Why put a window on the left side of the case, yet make the front "door" open to the left? Makes no sense. Shouldn't it open to the right? I mean, I would assume the window would be facing the user (you know, so we can see inside) so why does the door open toward you?
Pros: See below
Cons: Window on the left side, front panel door opens to the left. It should open to the right. See Other thoughts.
Summary: After reading the reviews for this case I ordered it, when it arrived it was packaged perfectly and the case itself looked very slick. However this case had some issues. Two of the USB ports at the top just came out of the case after a couple of uses of plugging in and unplugging USB devices. I wasn't even yanking them off and they just came right out.
Summary: The front door not being completely flush might not be the norm, but it really makes me mad. After owning a Antec P180 that was crazy warped, I just wanted a a front door that was perfect. Craftmanship just isn't a thing anymore.
Pros: This is a review update. - Looks nice - Love the removable sound dampening panels that cover the top and side fan vents - Overall there aren't any sharp edges - Mostly feels solid
Cons: - Not Silent - Front door is not completely flush, top left corner warps out -Power LED is Red (makes it seem like something is wrong all the time) -The HDD cages are attached to plastic. -The HDD cage vibrates like crazy. Loud.
Summary: Det bör informeras här att Fractal Design för närvarande har kvalitetsproblem med Define R4 chassiet. Moderkortsplåten är sned/felnitad hos många exemplar. Detta gör att io-plåten ej passar till moderkortskontakterna där bak eller delvis täcker över dessa. Mer om detta problem finns beskrivit på Sveriges största hårdvaruforum (vet inte om man får länka här...). Synd för i övrigt är chassiet fint och prisvärt.
Summary: Cuidado , las fotos se corresponden con el modelo sin ventana lateral y en la descripción pone que es el modelo con ventana , esto puede causar confusión , como me pasó a mi , que me fié de las fotos y tuve que devolver el paquete nada más recibirlo.