In the last year or so, I have noticed that there has been more and more competition in the computer case market. There are and have been many new manufacturers trying to challenge the big companies like Antec.
A while ago I saw a case called Define R2 from a Swedish manufacturer, Fractal Design. I hadn't heard about Fractal Design before, but I was quite excited about their new product. I thought the specs were great and the price was very reasonable, if it was able to deliver what it promised. Now we will find out!
The case comes in a black box, with the name of the manufacturer and model of the case printed on it. There's really not much more info about the case. No specifications, no pictures, no handles, nothing, just the name and color of the R2. The case inside is protected with polystyrene and a plastic hood, like usual. Straight out of the box, the Define R2 does have a strong smell of bitumen and it fills the whole room very fast, not that it's rare with sound isolated cases.
|Product name||Define R2|
|Available colors||Black Pearl, Silver Arrow, Titanium Grey|
|Dimensions||207.4 x 440 x 521.2 mm|
|Expansion slots||7 x slots|
|Motherboard Support||Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX|
Included - 1x Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series 15dB fan(black frame with white blades)
Optional - 2x 120mm/140mm fans
Optional - 1x 120mm/140mm fan
Optional - 1x 120mm fan
4 rubberized pipe holes for water cooling Included with ModuVent cooling system and speed controller for up to 3 fans.
|Front I/O panel||Power button, mic in, audio out, 2x USB 2.0, e-SATA|
So, the Define R2 is yet another well ventilated case with a wide selection of optional fan configurations. Many of the specs do remind me of the Xigmatec Midgard, for example the I/O, PSU positioning and the cooling. All together it sounds like a stylish and solid choice for a heavy user or a gamer. It also features a thing called Moduvent, which we'll discuss later on.
Excluding the usual variety of screws, there's not much to say about. Included with the case there is a user manual, which is a folded sheet of A4 introducing the user to the technical specs which were listed above.
There are also two Velcro straps, which can be used to wrap cables and a basic fan controller. Fractal design has also put in some thumb screws, which is a definite bonus.
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