Fractal Design Define R6 Mid-Tower Chassis
Looking at the front of the chassis is screams Fractal Design and Define. A very thin plastic bezel surrounds the sheet of unobstructed blushed aluminum. There is a thin slit at the top which exposed the HDD activity LED and at the bottom we see reflections of the natural aluminum feet.
Fresh out of the box, the front panel opens to the left, but keep in mind that with a little time and a Phillips screwdriver, the door swing can be reversed. Inside of the panel we see a use of industrial sound dampening material, on the front of the chassis we find a removable bay cover at the top and louvers in front of the fans.
At the top of the front bezel, we locate the front I/O panel. In it, we see the pair of HD Audio jacks and the reset button to the left of the highly stylized power button and power LED ring around it. To the right of those, we find the pair of USB 2.0 ports and those for use with USB 3.0 devices.
As shipped, the Define R6 has a closed top. By this, we mean to say that the panel in the middle of all that steel is also covered with a removable steel panel. This panel is backed with more industrial sound absorbing material, but the cover, as well as the entire inset section, is removable.
We want to make mention of the ventilation offered down the side of the front bezel, but as for the rest, it is more about what you don't see than what you do see. While Fractal Design does a terrific job with the trim paint inside of the tempered glass panel, we will point out that we are not seeing four thumbscrews holding it on. Fractal Design rethought the idea and had come up with a very pleasing result.
At the back of the Define R6, we must first point out the button at the top, which releases the top inset panel. We then see the rear I/O and exhaust areas filling the rest of the top section. Just below, we see seven horizontal expansion slots as well as a pair which are vertical. At the bottom is where the PSU resides but is installed through the back and uses the PSU mounting plate seen there.
The right side of the chassis is a solid steel panel and is also what we assume the left side panel would look like if not opting for the TG Edition of the Define R6. Currently, thumbscrews hold both panels for shipping, but once you have it, you don't have to use these if you wish. Both doors open like they are on a car, and since "hinged" at the front, Fractal installed metal balls and sockets which can be used to hold the panels closed, while allowing easier access down the road.
Four round legs are used, internally made of plastic, with a polished metallic outer covering, and rubber feet used for grip. Four plastic brackets hold the dust filter in place, and this filter is removable from the front of the chassis. Also note, the top right dust cover bracket has holes in it, which allows access to screws holding in the drive bay support plate.
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