Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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Functional and stylish, but the devil is in the details
Bruce C., Newegg
1 April 2014
Summary: Bottom line: Awesome case, undercut by poor execution in a few important areas. Would buy again, but don't expect the highest quality right out of the box.
Pros: Really slick-looking. Absolutely silent. Easy to clean. Doesn't get dusty inside very quickly. Comes with tons of extra screws, cable organization possibilities are unmatched. Easy to do a really professional build. Plenty of room for everything. Cooling is more than sufficient, even for server-quality components.
Cons: The front panel comes off way too easily (as in, don't try to pick it up without tilting it forward and grabbing it in the middle of the underside).
Summary: The sides are alarmingly not reinforced. Don't lean on this case.
Pros: I like my computers looking like featureless monoliths and the cable management options are miles ahead of my old case. Every single HDD drive slot features mounting brackets for 2.5" SSDs.
Cons: You'd be forgiven for assuming that because you can mount 280mm fans to the top of the case you can mount a liquid cooling radiator beneath them. I got a Corsair H110 and let me tell you, the radiator is way too big to fit inside the case. The motherboard is mounted too close to the top and the large drive bay up there is welded to the case and is located about a half inch from the fan mounts. The fan controller included with the case is a neat feature in theory but b...
Fractal R4 - looks good, HDD cage vibrates like crazy
23 October 2013
Summary: I love the plain and simple look of the case, the very reason i brought one! there's tons of space to work with, cable management is brilliant. build quality is very good. The only thing that's annoying the living daylights out of me is the HDD cage/bay vibration which is buzzing like crazzzzzzyyyyyy when the HDDs are spinning!!! it's unbearable, I've tried to remedy the problem by tightening the bay/cage screws but its just not having it!!!!
Summary: This case is tough to rate. On one hand the case is REALLY well built, and has great features. But, it lacks completely in the "silent" department. It is advertised as silent, and thus my reason for purchasing. Pros: - Amazing build quality in terms of features, and style. Heavy. Big. Everything works well. - It does dampen some noise to a certain degree. - Comes pre-installed with lots of materials to dampen any rattle.
Summary: In general the case was as advertised. There were problems, however. Since none of the reviews I read before purchasing this case mentioned these specific problems, it is possible that I simply got a slightly bad one. None of these issues prevented me from using the case, but they are worth mentioning: 1) The "rivet warts" created by the rivets used to hold the case together pushed up too high, preventing my power supply from mating properly with screw-holes in the case;...
Summary: Pros: Looks nice, plenty of space, well designed in most ways, brilliant cable management. Cons: There is only space for 2 externally accessible drives so I had to choose between have 2 DVD burner/readers or 1 DVD and 1 Memory Card reader. I bought the case as I had heard it is the best for sound proofing however it is only a slight improvement to what I previously had which was a very cheap case. I followed all recommendations for sound proofing.
Summary: Kjøpte dette fordi jeg ville ha et helt stille kabinett i stua. Selv på laveste viftehastighet kan jeg høre et svakt sus, og det er skuffende. Det hjap å ta ut en av frontviftene, men da kjøler den jo ikke så bra.
Summary: Bra kabinett med lite støy (bare når du surfer og slikt) Ser litt finere ut på bildet enn det er i virkeligheten, men fortsatt et fint kabinett. ikke så stille at du kan høre en knappenål da, som de sier.
Summary: Tyvärr kan jag inte hålla med majoriteten av omdömena. Jag är en av dom som fick mig ett chassi med dåliga mikrofon/ljud-uttag på fronten. Tycker också inte heller att kvalitén på materialen är det bästa jag sett -- när jag installerade en fläkt på främre delen av toppen fick jag en liten buckla på grund av att jag höll fläkten mot metallen medan jag skruvade i den (kan inte säga att jag höll jättehårt heller).