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Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Define R5 Well Engineered 07/31/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: So far I am very happy with this case. It is well engineered and well thought out. My case did have an issue with a USB port, but Fractal support was very quick to help me with, and resolve the issue. So far, I'm very happy with this purchase, and will likely be back for more. Nice job Fractal!

Cons: Would have liked to have seen a third fan included on the front of the case, not thrilled at the prospect of spending another $25-$30 for two more case fans. It'd also be nice if the fans included a fourth pin for PWM.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if, or how it could be done, but I'd also like to see this same design with a smaller size/footprint.

QNAP TS-439-PROII-US Diskless System TurboNAS Superior Performance NAS with iSCSI for Business
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great build quality, quiet, and many features. QNAP Forums are a great resource.

Cons: Somewhat pricey, but worth it if you want the features.

Sidenote: When one is building a NAS, one typically wants to go big with their drive capacity. Unfortunately it is tough to find reliable 1.5TB drives currently (not a problem with the device). I've gone through many Seagate ST31500341AS 1.5's and have had SMART errors on 8 of 12 which passed through my hands. Mostly reallocated sector errors. That is just rediculous and is a pain to deal with. If you choose to RMA you will have some nice "certified repaired" drives instead of "new" ones like you paid for.

Other Thoughts: Had some human error induced issues with my unit and QNAP support was quick to respond. Had a little trouble communicating with them but in the end they took good care of me.


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Display Name: matthew d.

Date Joined: 08/09/04

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  • First Review: 04/29/10
  • Last Review: 07/31/15
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