Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Define XL R2
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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Enclosure Review
28 August 2013
Summary: A few small things could be polished up. It wouldn’t hurt to include only 140mm fans and Velcro straps would show Fractal is just as serious about wire management. A couple 3pin extension cables will give users full use of the 3-speed fan control. USB ports can use some tightening up as they seemed a bit loose. Even replacing the hard drive mounts and plastic guides will ensure better durability in the long run.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I always like companies that listen to customer feedback and improve existing products. Now I myself never had the opportunity to check out the original Define XL I have gone and looked at reviews and information on the case. The Define XL R2 addresses some issues that were present in the original case. The two biggest were the lack of top fan mounts and very poor watercooling support.
Pros: Lots of room inside, Support for XLATX motherboards, Easy installation, Many “quiet” case features, Watercooling support, Price
Summary: Fractal Design’s Define XL R2 is simple looking, but gorgeous and well put together full tower case with very few flaws, which carries a price tag that should be plenty within reach of most PC enthusiasts / system builders.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review: Maybe We Can Have It All?
20 February 2013
Conclusion: My title for this review stems from the feeling that I've finally tested an enthusiast-class quiet case that is capable of producing excellent acoustics and performance competitive with cases that don't share its acoustic allowances. The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is a beastly piece of engineering, but it's also a very pleasant surprise.
Summary: The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is even better than the original Define XL and it is an exceptional choice for users building a high-end PC who are worried about the noise level generated by the computer. Not only does the R2 provide more and better options than the original Define XL; it is cheaper, too. With a suggested price of USD 130, we think this case provides an outstanding cost/benefit ratio for what it has to offer.
Excerpt: In the same conversation I sat down for with Josh Smith from Fractal Design at CES during our meeting there, I was told that by the time I arrived back to my house, this chassis should be waiting there for me. As I was finally able to play catch up with some of their cases last year, one chassis I missed sadly was to have a look at the Define XL.
Summary: The first thing that gets noticed when looking at the Fractal Design Define XL R2 computer case is that is has smooth clean lines. Fractal Design’s goal is to provide computer parts with quality workmanship and push their designs to produce the ideal system. From the moment you touch the brushed aluminum front panel to when you take the first side panel off, it is clear that they stick to their goals in providing an extremely high quality build.