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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O front panel ports Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Xiangyu M.
  • 9/2/2015 1:26:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, Minimal Dust

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: No Dust !!! Barely need cleaning.
Super Quiet !
Excellent design, easy to install, enough room for cable placement.
Good materials, and manufacturing.
Won't get cut by edges. (very important)

Cons: Front audio panel have quality issues, i have 3 different R4 cases,
all the audio ports failed within 1 year.

Other Thoughts: Despite the front audio port problem, it is still one of the best cases i have used. specially with the low dust design. It means you have to clean your computer less frequent then other "gaming computer case". Provide better airflow for longer period of time. (imagine compare with a case with excellent airflow, but blocked by dust within month)

Highly recommended !

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  • Daniel L.
  • 8/30/2015 10:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: This thing made putting together all my components a delight. Plenty of room, no sharp edges, and the cable routing options make a clean build extremely easy to achieve. I almost wish I had the windowed variation at this point.

It's very quiet too, with fantastic options for cooling. USB 3.0 on the front panel works flawlessly for me.

Cons: If you want more cooling, you have to remove some of your sound absorbing material. It's a trade off. Also, the leads on the adapters for my power/reset switch kept coming loose. Pushing them back in with a little force solved the issue though.

I would have liked to have seen an option to make the door reverseable/removable.

Other Thoughts: The option to mount SSD's beneath the motherboard is a fantastic idea. I was tempted to mount my SSD there..except that they're only removable/mountable once you remove the motherboard. That's a lot of work to change out a drive, thus why I'll never use it. I would have liked to have seen a clever way of making them removable from the side they're on. Even just by widening the screw holes a bit and adding a couple of adapter brackets for the underside of the SSD would have worked. Certainly something that could be improved in the next iteration. I do like the basic idea, but it's executed poorly in this situation.

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  • Joshua F.
  • 8/18/2015 3:50:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLoose USB ports

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: - Solid construction, very heavy.
- No manufacturing tolerance issues.
- Thumbscrews.
- Nice large CPU cutout.
- Space for cable routing behind motherboard.
- Sound dampening foam.

Cons: - Front USB ports work but devices will briefly disconnect every 20 min or so. Basically useless for large file transfers.
- The plastic feet can break off if dragged along carpet. This happened when someone dragged the case out from under a desk without lifting it.
- If using a top radiator, RAM slots are hard to access on some motherboards.

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  • A T.
  • 8/14/2015 8:38:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat case, small problems!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: lots of room
very quiet
easy to work with
very sturdy
didn't get any cuts!

Cons: Small problems with the case I got, I think the person that put my case together used a power drill set at high voltage or something because the top case fan and HDD cage has messed up threads and won't tighten properly.

Other Thoughts: Great case, I probably should've gotten the R5 but I really didn't like how the top panel covers look.

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  • Randy F.
  • 7/18/2015 3:54:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNewegg Rules The World

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: I ordered a different case, and I canceled after I found out who the carrier was. I was refunded my money - in full - a few days later. I ordered the Fractal Design, Define R4, and it arrived on time via UPS.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The case is still in the box, but I will break it out when I'm ready to build my machine.

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  • Brian W.
  • 7/11/2015 7:07:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust buy it!

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Silent, not quiet, Silent
Solid build quality
Good cable management

Cons: It took me some time to find the screws, they were hidden inside the case.
The price fluctuated but I just used newegg's price alert feature and bought when it was @ my price.

Other Thoughts: It's a case. It's insanely quiet. Buy it! If you are sick of that humming case sitting by your feet like I was.... replace it with this! I built a friend a rig with this case about 6 months ago and I've been jealous since. The price went up right after I built it so I used newegg's price alert feature and I got the alert and literally bought it within minutes. I didn't care which color style got to the price first. It's not the looks of the case (although it's a nice simple sleek looking case) that I wanted. I wanted silence!

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  • Louis S.
  • 7/10/2015 8:06:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice roomy case, great cooling

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: This case was a delight to work with during the build. There's lots of room for the components and everything mounted quickly including the liquid cooling system. The noise level is almost imperceptible and my tower sits adjacent to the monitor.

Cons: The only two cons I have with this case in a year are:
1. The door is not reversible. A pain in some locations.
2. The power LED is too bright. Could use a dimming option.

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  • Eugene I.
  • 6/24/2015 5:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCase used for my first build

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: This case, bar some problems listed below, is a good case, and has served me well for my first build. I bought it in December 2014.
- Very Practical and Heavy Duty. Looks great for being a simple design.
- Plenty of room inside the case for parts. I have more than enough room for a large GPU and after market cooling fan.
- The detachable Hard Drive stand can clear up a lot of room and remove some of the weight.
- The power button is nicely illuminated and is a soft but bright blue.
- Plenty of USB ports, and some of them are conveniently placed next to the power button, making it easy to plug something in and rest it on top of the case.
- The front cover helps to keep the case look simple, and is easily opened, while closing securely.

Cons: The only real con that sticks out to me is that the quick reset button is a little to easily pushed. It isn't a major problem, but it has happened once or twice.

Other Thoughts: Now, the main issue I had with ordering this case was that I received a case in not-so-good condition. The panel that you mount the Mobo to was dented, so one of the holes for the pegs was made useless. To add to this,another peg hole was threaded to small, and another was threaded to large. Lucky for me, they were all on one corner of where I needed to mount, so I jerry rigged that corner of my mobo with a zip tie, and it has held well so far.

So while I agree that the case is a great case, the issue with the warped back wall has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, especially for my first build.

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  • elbert y.
  • 6/23/2015 12:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Mid Tower

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: This case has lots of room for internal components. Plenty of space for disk drives. The hard drive trays fit SSDs as well. Cables can be hidden underneath the motherboard. The front filters and fan are easily accessible. Coming from an Antec p183, I find this case to be even more silent.

Cons: The power led doesnt work. I've tried connecting it to both the PWRLED and PLED pins on the motherboard to no avail. Sometimes I can't tell if my computer is on without the led indicator because this case is so quiet.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Elbert,

We're sorry to hear that the power LED on your case is not working properly. Included with all of our cases there is a red piece of paper that has the contact information to our Technical Support Team. If you have lost that piece of paper you can contact us by submitting a ticket at:

https://support.fractal-design.com

You can also call our toll free number : 855-446-3722

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm CT.

Please contact our Tech Support Team and they should be able to assist you in getting a replacement power LED for your case.

Best Regards,
Fractal Design Support

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  • Gary R.
  • 6/8/2015 4:43:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsComputer Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Great size, adaptable, tons of space, like the overall looks, quite and everything I was looking for. Last but not least the price unbelievable!!!!

Cons: None

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