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Fractal Design Define Mini Mini-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:28 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

The Build and Finished Product

 

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As I get ready to spin it around once again, but this time with parts included, I figured I would start with the front with the door open to show the drive installed. Once the door is magnetically closed, you don't have to look at this at all.

 

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I left the hard drive bay out as I do with most of the builds with that option and you can see it adds quite a bit of length to the options of cards that can go in here. Everything got through the chassis well as far as the wiring goes and leaves a clean build that allows the air to flow freely through the interior.

 

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I opted to put the fan controller in the lowest expansion slot and I do like having the ability to change them. The one issue I do have is the cleanliness of the kit once it is installed. It just laves a mess laying there, but I guess that might be a reason there isn't a window on this chassis.

 

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My m-ATX motherboard doesn't have a native USB 3.0 header on it so I tucked that way for now, but I was able to run quite a bit of wiring back here and pretty cleanly I might add. It's almost as if they knew this was the build I was going to do as the wiring sort of naturally fell into place and the tie points were very well placed.

 

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Once the door is closed the Define Mini, it looks no different than when we pulled it out of the box for its debut images. To me that is a good thing, though. Too many times the installation of an ODD will break up the look and with the sound insulated door on here, it not only keeps noise pollution down, but eye pollution as well.

 

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With power the only way you are going to know this is on is from the bright glare of the power LED that shows through the front bezel. While this one light is pretty darn bright, I don't think it will cause issues making it uncomfortable to sleep with it in the room at all and that is audibly and visually. Even as an HTPC chassis, the light could get annoying if placed directly in front of you, but I don't think it's a deal breaker.

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    At Fractal Design, our mission is to deliver products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and value. The MSRP of the Define Mini is $99USD as compared to the Define R3's MSRP of $109USD. Our partners have the flexibility to determine product pricing as well as shipping costs on Fractal Design products as it relates to their market and customer base. As such, product pricing can differ and may at different times may be priced either greater or less than MSRP. The current pricing on the Define Mini as of 4/25/2012 on Newegg is $99USD with $9.99 shipping and can be found at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352011.

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