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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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  • Debbie H.
  • 8/24/2015 11:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat all around case

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

Pros: Tons of storage bays which are removable for large GPUs,(I had to remove mine.) Lots of space for fans and cable management. Comes with 3 nearly silent fans. Tons of room for addons. Filters on front back top and bottom (back is exhaust). Enough room for my CM Hyper 212 Evo. Can easily fit a closed loop water cooler. All around very easy to work with.

Cons: Audio port broke, had to get a new one from Fractal, second one still kinda funky. Front fan makes weird buzzing noise when turned up with fan controller. Computer occasionally freezes or wont boot up with usb device inserted in front panel.

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  • Martin H.
  • 8/12/2015 8:53:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Quality (But Not For the Price)

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

Pros: Materials, ergonomics, ventilation, and management are all amazing with this case. Full steel design is well protected and ample air supply with provided fans (plus two 120mm of my own).

Cons: Parts don't fit together perfectly: the thumb screws which make this case very ergonomic also are, ironically, incredibly hard to get in and out without tools. The side panels especially do not fit flush in their spaces and I can feel the screw pulling the panel onto the case. I have to press very firmly on the back of the side panel to shift it precisely flush into its spot---it will sit at a slight angle if no pressure is applied.
The front panel is poorly assembled. Both of my USB 3.0 points were installed in the front panel at a crooked angle and the headphone jacks are not straight. This leads to the appearance, of any peripherals being plugged into these ports, of a bent device jack. Functions fine, but not what I was expecting out of Fractal's premium case. For half the price, I would have accepted these defects.

Other Thoughts: Perhaps I simply received a lemon case, but as it stands I would not recommend this to my fellow perfectionists in the world. Our hearts are too fragile to handle things like this when we are expecting perfection.

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  • Jeff B.
  • 8/4/2015 11:42:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Product

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

Pros: I built my wife a new computer using this case. It was the most painless build I've ever done. The case is very well thought out, and the aesthetics are very nice. Lots of cooling options and spaces for extra fans. Unlike some of the other reviews I found the case fan controller to be well worthwhile. The included fans are very quiet and I can only tell a difference in the speed of the fans by opening Gigabyte's System Information App. I found that the CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 fit nicely in the top of the case. I do not have an optical drive installed in the computer.

Cons: It would be nice if the top filter was a removable magnetic filter like some NZXT and Thermaltake cases, but I don't plan on removing the filters that often.

Other Thoughts: Wife's Computer:

Fractal Design Arc Midi
Intel Pentium G3258 @ 4.6 Ghz running at 55 C at full load!
GIGABYTE GA-Z97M-D3H
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250 GB
WD 1 TB Storage drive
CORSAIR Hydro Series H110

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  • Jeff M.
  • 7/28/2015 11:57:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • 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: Sleek Scandinavian Aesthetics - love the smoked side window. Multiple configuration options for water cooling, drives, even monstrous video cards. Three included fans, three speed fan controller, and dust filters for everything but the rear fan. Plentiful wire management space and options. In all, the easiest case I have work with yet.

Cons: Is on the large side, but what do I expect for an ATX case.

Other Thoughts: My Rig:

Fractal Design Arc Midi
Intel Core i7 3770K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Team Dark DDR3 1600 - 8 GB
MSI GTX 960 ME
Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD
Samsung 320 GB Storage Drive
Lite-On DVD-R
RaijinTek 240MM Water Cooling - Green LED
(3) Cougar Green LED Fans

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  • Steven B.
  • 7/27/2015 7:03:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

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

Pros: Great design for the price. It helps keep the cables out of the way, to keep the view from the side panel clean. Spacious and plenty of fans.

The air filters are also nice and the front one comes off easily for quick cleaning.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that the top filter can't be as easily removed.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this product to everyone.

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  • Stanton K.
  • 7/7/2015 11:18:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 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: Lot's of space; Good airflow with 3 fans included; Removable hard drive bays; Air filters; Fits long video cards; Good cable management with rubber linings on openings; Rubber grommets for vibration isolation on hard drive mounts; All hard drive mounts fit SSDs; USB 3.0; Nice window; Plenty of screws and zip ties included; Clean black look without flashy gimmicks.

Cons: The USB 3.0 connector did not include a USB 2.0 adapter as advertised. One of the feet had a striped screw causing it to fall off when unboxing, but easy fix with another screw.

Other Thoughts: Really nice case, especially when you can get it on sale.

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  • John B.
  • 7/6/2015 7:20:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat customer support!

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

Pros: Great looks. I love the tinted side panel. Lots of dust filters. Simple, elegant case. No annoying poor attempts at LED lighting. Fans are fairly quiet. Good cable management options. Fan control hub.

Cons: Came with damaged handle on side panel. (See other thoughts) Front dust filter seems a bit flimsy; it is held on by plastic tabs. Was missing one of the small foam PSU vibration dampeners. (not a big deal as 3 of 4 was enough to get the job done) No case speaker.

Other Thoughts: Building in this case was wonderful. I ordered it to rebuild one of my older systems in a new case. (Good old sandy bridge i5 and GTX 580) Cable management was easy. Rebuild turned out great.

This case came with a damaged side panel. (The handle was very bent out of shape) This appeared to possibly be a factory defect and not a result of shipping. (The box itself did not appear damaged in that area) I contacted Fractal Design with my problem and a picture, and they responded to my ticket promptly. I asked for a replacement side panel to be shipped (I did not want to go through the hassle of shipping the panel or the whole case back just to get a replacement) I got this response from Fractal Design:

"Hello John,

We are happy to send you a replacement windowed side panel, all we need is some information first. If you'll send us your complete shipping address (first & last name, street address, city, state/providence, postal code), phone number, and the serial number from the bottom of your case (Example: 1234RTL1234567890), we'll be able to ship out your replacement part promptly.

Best Regards,
Alex"

I responded with the requested information and the side panel was shipped out to me without any further questions. Within A WEEK from sending my FIRST email I not only had my concern addressed, but I had my new side panel on my case!

Overall fantastic experience with the guys from Fractal Design. I would definitely recommend this case and company.

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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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