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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 - 3.5" HDD trays - all compatible with SSDs 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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  • Daniel R.
  • 6/22/2015 5:05:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Big enough for all the stuff you want or need. Heavy and well built with rolled edges. Lots of cooling options for both air and liquid. Plenty of room behind the MOBO for cable management. Metal HDD trays and room to mount 2 SSD's in the cable management area behind the MOBO.

Cons: This is a Pro and a Con. This baby is BIG, with it sitting on the edge of my desk I feel like a new wall in the room.

Other Thoughts: This is one of the only builds I have done without cutting myself somewhere from the sharp metal edges. This case is just a pleasure to work with.

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  • STANLEY S.
  • 6/19/2015 5:14:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: A great case if you can get it on sale. The panels are sturdy and there is plenty of room for cable management. The dust filters are easily removable for cleaning. Also, the internal rails are all metal, very little plastic inside this case.

Cons: Not tool less, it took me a lot longer to transplant my system from the previous case to this one. Whereas last week, I built a system for my son using a case from a different vendor, and it took less time because of the tool less design. I have to say and upside of this is that the internals are metal.
Also, the wiring from the header interfered with installation of the optical drive in the top bay.

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  • R. H.
  • 6/15/2015 10:07:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Arc Midi 2 Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great case that will let you do almost anything you want to do in a computer build. Very good quality and design. This is a tremendous buy when it is on sale!

Cons: Reset button is very tiny and recessed so you need a pen or small object to use it. Only con!

Other Thoughts: Would buy again for a mid sized case!

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  • Arturo S.
  • 5/31/2015 10:22:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I bought this case for my 1st Gaming Build because it was on $70 and it was the best thing I could came upon. It's pretty open for airflow to go through, completely dust proof and includes 3 fans. At 1st I didn't was in for a Fractal Case but know I don't know if I can go for other brand unless it's phanteks. Plenty of space for cables in the back, window is right size to show only the important computers and the modular drive cages are such a good thing. And the screws, etc. box looks cool.

Cons: The only cons in my opinion is that the motherboard standoffs are not pre-installed.

Other Thoughts: The box arrived with a hole in it, but thanks to the packaging the case and everything else, even the foam came unharmed.

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  • Allen I.
  • 5/31/2015 5:51:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: this case is beautiful
i cannot think of any other features you could wish this case to have
its heavy and big inside.

Cons: none

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  • Matthew S.
  • 5/29/2015 11:04:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, few minor flaws

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Beautiful design with ample room both inside the case and behind the back panel.
3 included fans are VERY quit even at full speed.
Separate SSD mounting.
Ample hardware included.
Variable speed fans.

Cons: Power button - not in the best of places right next to the USB ports. Gets 'brushed' when inserting or removing USB sticks.
USB Ports - Only two USB 3 ports - would have like to have seen at least two USB 2 ports as well.
Filter - The top filter is secured to the top of the case. In order to remove you must remove the entire top. You can only get to 'one side' (bottom) of the filter - which is fine for fans blowing outward through the top. But for an intake fan at the top this can be a problem.

Other Thoughts: Two SSDs can be mounted behind the motherboard (not 'under' the mobo, but mounted to the opposite side). More than enough drive bays (8 hdd + 2 SSD mounting points + 2 bays). The middle section of HDD bays can be removed to improve airflow from the front intake fan. With this removed there is still room for 3 HDDs + 2 mounted SSDs + 2 5.25" bays.
The included fans are VERY quiet. I had them set to the lowest speed on the first boot to BIOS and had to double check that they were working. I quickly set them to full power and they are still dead quiet.
Lots of room for any video card(s) both in length and height.
Plenty of accessory screws and such.
Even knowing the cons, I would buy this case again in a heartbeat.

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  • Shawn L.
  • 5/28/2015 9:27:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Comes with 3 140mm fans, front air filter/grill is very easy to remove and clean and allows easy access to the fans for cleaning. Lots of room for hiding cables behind the back cover. Fan controller switch with 3 speeds, if you choose to use it, controls 3 fans. Plenty of room for Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler. Hard drive trays have holes for mounting SSD's, no adapter needed. This is a well designed case, superior to the antec900 and corsair300r I have used previously, though they are fine cases themselves. Nice large side window, though it is tinted. I could go on...

Cons: The rear fan was installed over the 3pin connector and actually crushed it, had to get creative and replaced it with a connector from an old fan. Other than that I have not found any other defect in the 2 cases I have used for builds.

Other Thoughts: Really like this case, I have 2 in use now and a 3rd ready for the next build.

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  • Alec W.
  • 5/27/2015 1:06:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice case, bad fundamentals

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of mounting options, plenty of included bolts/standoffs/etc. Lots of room for good cable management. Sharp design. Quiet fans.

Cons: When I take off or replace the sides of the case, I need to use a screw driver on the 'finger-tight' bolts because the machining is so poor they get jammed very easily.

The front case fan started making a loud, repeating knocking sound after about 3 hours of use, I had to unplug it.

Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed in the case. I had heard really good things about Fractal, and I understand that sometimes components are lemons, but at the very least it should be easy to get the sides of the case on and off, especially at this price point. I think am going to return the case and get something else.

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  • Peter A.
  • 5/23/2015 9:41:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Value Case

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: For $69.99 this case is a great value. It comes with three of their R2 140mm fans, which run silent for me at 100%. The internal drive bay flexibility was what really impressed me. Being able to rotate the five bay section 90 degrees for better airflow is genius. The ability to remove this section and move the bottom three bay section towards the power supply further increases airflow. The front filter pops off easily by depressing the top corners. Cable management is no problem. Fit and finish is amazing, compared to other cases in this range.

Cons: I had one small con, the paint they used on the screws for the motherboard caused some issues when threading them into some of the brass standoffs. Not a biggie and was the only flaw I ran into.

Other Thoughts: I own few Lian Li cases and an Enthoo Pro, and out of all these cases I would chose this Fractal ARC Midi as my go to case for my next new build.

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  • DREW M.
  • 5/19/2015 5:26:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I've Owned. Ever.

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Roomy. Easy to install multiple drives. No trouble installing a *tall* CPU heat sink. If I overclocked the i7, plenty of room for a liquid cooler unit - but this is a business workstation, not a gaming platform. Build quality, sound proofing, fan placement - stellar. Easy to keep filters clean at bottom intake and top outflow.
If aesthetics is your thing - get some LED equipped coolers, fans, or cables, the smoke colored window provides a great view into the chassis.

Cons: In spite of the build quality and apparent attention to detail; they had a few misses - the power switch, ''front panel' audio jacks, CPU reset switch and USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 of each) are perilously close together, all on the forward edge of the chassis top. I've accidentally and casually contacted the CPU reset switch while swapping USB drives / cables, plugging in headphones, etc. - even though it's recessed, it takes very little effort to trigger a hard reset. :) Object lesson - don't grope around under your desk and try to do this blind unless you have flawless situational awareness...or X-Ray Vision.

Other Thoughts: Would definitely buy again, if I didn't already own an R4. The build quality, air movement, and low noise more than eclipse the down side of the things I hope they'll tweak some improvements into the next gen model.

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