Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define R4
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Great design, great customer service
Greg J., Newegg
4 weeks ago
Summary: The R5 seems to have a less bright power light, so that would be one reason to go with that instead. Based on the current prices and other advantages that the R5 has over this one (not going to list them all out here but it's covered in detail elsewhere), I would go for the R5 if this isn't on sale...
Pros: The design is top-notch, and this case really does do a great job of blocking out noise. Fan controller is minimalistic but definitely gets the job done (it's a switch that lets you choose from 5V, 7V, or 12V to the fans). One of the three connections on the fan controller didn't work, so I asked...
Cons: The power light is extremely bright (it blinks when the computer is sleeping). If I'm leaving the computer on overnight, I have to use something to cover up the light because of how bright it is.
Summary: Once I got rid of my excessively noisy GPU and radiator fan this case became really quiet. Also the dimensions are gigantic, which is good in a lot of ways, but after moving around several times I'm considering replacing it with something more compact.
Pros: Case is designed well with excellent cable management options. The soundproof padding works and included fans are very quiet. Screens on the intakes keep the dust out. Plenty of options for customizing airflow and adding fans, coolers, water pumps, hard drives, optical drives, etc. The window is ...
Cons: Blue LED was bright and annoying, especially in sleep mode which would ironically keep me awake at night.. so i unplugged it from the motherboard.
Fractal is an amazing company that listens to its consumers.
Heather K., Newegg
22 December 2015
Summary: Every minor gripe I had with this case was etched out with the new R5 and they even added cool extra features like slanted rubber grommets and more.
Pros: Filters. Modular fan mounting positions and hard drive cage. Quiet. Rubber feet and is nicely raised about half an inch so you can mount your psu upside down. Good build quality.
Cons: Wish there was Velcro straps on back. Top can be somewhat flimsy so don't set very heavy objects on the top of the case. Wish the bottom HDD cage could be removed. Not the best fans in the world but decent none the less.
Pros: solid design, removable hdd cages, easy cable management, no sharp edges. very easy to work with.
Cons: manual wasn't very helpful had no info about to access the fans behind the front panel. You will also need extra cables to connect the fan controller to your mobo most likely as well.(molex cables I think.)
Summary: Tighter around MB than I expected. I am used to a Corsair 800D full tower so it took more effort to get clean cabling runs and set MB screws than I am used to (that and I transplanted a MB with CPU w/Noctua heat sink and fan intact).
Pros: Clean lines and simple but classic exterior. I like the USB and connectivity on the top at the front (pretty common now with cases). I am not a window person but the price of $80 for the features was worth it. The steel case is painted well. The unit can be tool-free but I tighten with a screw dr...
Cons: I bought this for $80 (Newegg special). I would not pay more than $100 for it unless you determine it has exactly what you want.
Summary: This is my first ever build, and I think that this case made it nice and easy for me. I was originally going to go with a Corsair 200R, but then NewEgg had the Fractal on special and I snapped it up.
Pros: Lots of room. Good cable management. Lots of drive bays. Plenty of places for more fans. Straightforward assembly. Plain appearance, with no flashy lights. Quiet.
Cons: A couple of the power header disconnected from their wires, and they're so small that it's a bit of a pain to strip the wire and reattach them. Also, the screws that hold the side-plates on are terrible. Or, more correctly, the holes for the screws are terrible. They are just plain holes drilled ...
Great case with a few annoying manufacturing flaws.
Mark A., Newegg
29 September 2015
Summary: Lost a star because of manufacturing flaws. All of the cases I have purchased recently from Thermaltake, Corsair, NZXT and Lian Lee do not have these minor problems.
Pros: It is in fact very quiet. The "padding/insulation" is very well done. There is ample space for cabling on both sides of the motherboard support structure. It is easy to install drives of any size. The rigidity of the case is above par for cases in this price range. Plenty of spaces for additional...
Cons: The power LED does not illuminate. This is annoying as the front door prevents one from seeing if the unit is on as it blocks any other indicators built into Blu-ray drives etc. It was not possible to tighten one of the standoffs for the motherboards due to a poor set of threads in the chassis.