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Item#: N82E16811352011

Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans

  • Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O ports Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 (with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included) External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 (Compatible with S
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Madalyn C.
  • 6/21/2014 10:56:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSilent as promised

Pros: This case is definitely quite silent, compared to some of the other cases I've had before. Most of the sides are cushioned...which seems to be what keeps the noise level low. It's also very spacy for a case.

Cons: I thought it would be "micro" in size, but it actually feels like a mid-size case. A bit smaller case would be nice.

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  • Keith M.
  • 6/20/2014 2:54:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Solid build. Plenty drive bays. Excellent case and CPU cooling capabilities. Styling is very good.

Cons: The only con I came up with is that the entire front panel comes off pretty easy. With the way the cables are snaked through the chassis the connections to the front panel plugs they unplug and you have to open the case, unplug the onboard connectors and give yourself enough slack to plug them back into the front panel again. This should have a clip connector on it so it only comes off when you want to take it off (for cleaning)

Other Thoughts: This is not a micro sized case. It is a case for microATX boards. It has six drive bays are perfect for my MS Home Server RAID array. With the sound deadening construction and multiple cooling options makes it a good choice for this.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 5/27/2014 4:37:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet

Cons: Can be a little crowded if you manage your cables poorly.

Other Thoughts: Doesn't have any clear plastic and doesn't glow.

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  • David R.
  • 5/25/2014 10:20:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case, but not quite "mini"

Pros: - Very quiet. I can hardly make out the sound of my GPU and CPU fans when the case is closed.

- Attractive minimalist design. Fits in with almost any room's aesthetic very nicely.

- Two front USB 2.0 ports, one front USB 3.0 port. People complain about the lack of 3.0 in the front, but I think 3 ports on the front of a minimalist case is pretty generous in the first place!

- Spacious interior. I had more than enough room for my three hard drives, GTX 770, aftermarket cooler, and an extra case fan.

- Easy installation, though not completely tool-less. You'll need a screwdriver or two.

- Included fans are effective and match the aesthetic of the case, though they could be quieter. I replaced the rear fan with a Noctua from my old system and it made a very audible difference.

- Good cable management, but a couple of my power cables are a little too thick to route. No big deal unless you're a perfectionist. The case comes with a few zip ties, which is a nice touch.

- Very sturdy. This case is quite solid and has a premium feel. Unfortunately, this ties in with my biggest con...

Cons: - HEAVY. This thing weighs about 20 lbs when it's completely empty. My mid tower is lighter than this case. It doesn't help that there isn't really a good place to grip it - there's a set of filters on the underside of the case that slide and rattle when you grab them making it almost impossible to comfortably pick it up. Fortunately, I don't travel with my PC, and I rarely need to open up my systems, so it isn't a huge issue. However, it's definitely something to keep in mind if you're planning on rearranging your workspace or you move around on a regular basis.

- The included fan controller is of sub-par construction. The wires are very exposed and appear to be attached to the card with a questionable blob of hot glue. It uses an ugly 4-pin molex power connection, which had two severely bent pins straight out of the box (hardly a rarity - molex is not exactly the pinnacle of design). I was, however, able to get it running, and it works well enough. No eggs lost, but I'm considering buying a different controller.

- Airflow could be better. The case has a door on the front that looks nice but blocks the intake fan. If you use a fan in a different location (of which there are several - another plus!) it won't be a problem.

- Power LED is shockingly bright. I had to unplug it so it didn't blind me at night.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a compact system, this is not the case for you. It's fairly large and very heavy. However, if you just want a quiet, cool, minimalist case, I can't recommend this enough. It's the nicest case I've ever owned, and its few flaws are easily corrected. I'll definitely be buying another Fractal in the future!

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 5/15/2014 3:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Mini- not even a little

Pros: The first thing you will notice when you open this is that it is a veritable tank of a case. It weighs more empty than my entire computer that I am writing this on that this build will replace. It is deeper and wider than the NZXT Gamma I am using, thought the Gamma is a couple inches taller.

Each side panel weighs approximately four pounds by itself. Each is covered in a dense rubber pad to dampen vibrations.

The case has room for 6 case fans; it comes with 2 good 120mm fans and a fan controller specifically designed to go in the recessed perpendicular expansion slot. The front and bottom fans(including the PSU's) are covered by dust filters. The preinstalled fans come in the rear(exhaust) and top front(intake.) There is room for a second front 120mm; a bottom 120mm intake(which would be blocked by a long power supply) and two spare 140/120mm fan ports on the side door and rear roof of the case. These 140mm slots are initially covered by what FD calls ModuVent: foam-backed plastic covers to block noise and keep your airflow from getting chaotic from the open vents. This case is good for a pressure-conscious fan setup(positive or negative pressure.)

The top 5.25 bay and middle 3.5 rack are removable with thumb screws. The middle bay will need to come out for large video cards, but a small one like a 750ti should fit perfectly without removing it.

There is good space behind the motherboard, large, ample grommets, plenty of anchor points, all you need for perfect cable management.

This case thankfully lacks the edgy, immature "1337 g4m1ng C0mpu7r" design style that mostly defined the last decade of this hobby. It looks clean, professional, and minimalist thanks to its brushed aluminum-patterned front door, and single, leering LED eye. Inside it has the same smooth black, including black mounting hardware, and a little bit of white contrast, in the drive sleds and slot covers. This case wouldn't look out of place anywhere- on the desk of a CEO, a server room, a home office, or in a gaming den. Combined with it's weight, I think its hostname will be Monolith.

Cons: Not suitable for an SFF PC, HTPC, portable LAN machine, or other lightweight task. Lightweight is not in this item's vocabulary, it has never heard of lightweight. They really shouldn't have named it Mini. It's not. At all. Maybe compared to a HAF X.

The moduvent covers are nice, but it doesn't come with filters to use if you do choose to install fans in the top or side hardpoint.

Only one USB3.0 port up front

No HDD indicator light

The front panel LED may be too bright for you, and would be inappropriate for a room someone will sleep in(studies show blue light disturbs sleep the most)

Fan controller seems a bit flimsy internally, and is unfortunately the only thing in my entire system which calls for a 4 pin molex connector, the only thing that is brown, the only unsleeved cables; the power cable from it is long enough to stow the connections behind the motherboard at least. I wish they would have shrinkwrapped the cables on it.

The internal padding, judging by the smell, is made from recycled asphalt; it may put off chemicals. Doesn't bother me much, but some people are sensitive to such things.

The front bezel's design severely restricts airflow to the front intakes. The door could use some extra vents, angled down of course to reduce noise.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I think this case is going to work out perfectly.

If you want to see more, look at newegg's video review.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/29/2014 11:23:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFine case

Pros: Sound dampening is good. HDD vibration dampening trays are great. Fans are good. Rubber holes for passing cables behind the mobo are good. Build quality, metal thickness, and overall heft are good.

Cons: The screw holes were tapped, and then the case was painted black, resulting in paint in the screw holes. This means you need a screw driver to get a thumbscrew into a hole for the first time; after that, you can operate them by hand. This was a problem with the optional screws used to secure the drive trays.

Should include three 120mm fans at this price.

Should be 2 USB3 ports on the top since it uses an entire USB3 header on the mobo which supports 2 ports. It's wasting a port.

Should be more space behind the mobo tray so you can hide wiring there. Right now I had to jam the side panel on there so all of the wiring could fit.

Other Thoughts: I moved the fan in the back around to the second spot on the front, and got a more powerful fan for the back, so the two fans blowing in at the front would be matched by a single fan blowing out in the rear. Keeps six hard drives cool.

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  • William w.
  • 4/24/2014 6:25:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very quiet. Easy to work inside case - well laid out.

Cons: Side panels difficult to remove/replace unless you have the case laying on its side and have plenty of room around it. One standoff broke during installation.

Other Thoughts: What will happen if I click eject when the front is closed?

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2014 12:31:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsIf contact is important to you...

Pros: see other reviews

Cons: Two form-submitted contacts to Fractal in three days went unanswered.

Other Thoughts: It can be the best case in the world, but if Fractal refuses to respond to questions, it has no value to me.

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  • Danny M.
  • 4/13/2014 2:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely Nice Case

Pros: The build quality of this case is unlike any other I have seen. I managed to snag one while it was on sale and got it for a steal. Even at full price though its really worth it. The case feels sturdy and well designed. No sharp edges and the hard drive bays can be removed very easily. I have a GTX 780 2 fans and a H80i water cooler and I can not hear the computer under my desk over myself typing on the keyboard... It really is as quiet as they say. Every panel is covered in Sound dampening material and even the fan slots come covered incase you dont use them.

Cons: None at all. I loved the case the second i opened the box.

Other Thoughts: You would not do yourself wrong with buying this case. Fractal has forever earned my respect with the extreme build quality of this case and when ever i upgrade my computers from now on they will be the first place I look for cases.

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  • Gary L.
  • 3/24/2014 8:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case

Pros: - Minimalistic appearance.
- Brushed-look front panel is really nice.
- Great cable management.
- Almost all black except for HDD/SSD quick release trays and PCIe brackets.
- Lots of options for hard drive and fan placements.
- Silent.
- Fans that come with the case are pretty good.

Cons: - Flimsy drive bay covers.
- Bright LED

Other Thoughts: Build quality is okay. The foam sound insulation for one of the "ModuVents" was glued on crooked like one of the workers was having a bad day and just slapped it on. Not worth taking off an egg but worth mentioning. Besides that fact I think this case is amazing and it's a great buy if you are looking for a silent and sleek looking PC.

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