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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

Detailed Exterior Features

Now that we have had a look at the exterior Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case, it's time to look closer and in more detail.

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Open the door of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case and it immediately transforms and comes to life with detail. On the inside of the door we see the noise reducing bitumen foam described in the features and specifications and we see lots of ventilation to the front intake area.

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A closer look at the front I/O panel mounted at the top of the Fractal Design Define R4 Case. From left to right we have; microphone and headphone ports, a reset button, an illuminated power switch, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The ring around the power button and the strip below it will glow red when the power is on, this makes a nice change from the standard blue LED's that are so common these days.

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The 5.25" drive bay covers have a latch mechanism that allows for very easy removal and re-fitting, a nice novelty that would have been a god send maybe 10 years ago but not so necessary these days.

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To the right of the 5.25" Drive bays the Fractal Design Define R4 Case features a basic 3 position fan controller which can support up to three fans, it works by restricting the voltage feed to the fans relative to the switch position.

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Moving down slightly you will notice that the front intake grill has two "eject" logos embossed at the top left and right hand corners, a little push lock/open catch behind each logo will release and/or secure this intake grill.

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The front intake grill is hinged at the bottom and will fold down and give you access to the front intake fan holder.

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The front fan holder is mainly secured in place by a plastic tab at the top and is completely removable. From here you have access to the fans and the front intake filter.

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The Front intake filter slides in and out of the fan holder much the same as the bottom intake filter will on the bottom of the case. Removal and cleaning may not be the most straight forward of tasks, but it isn't so complicated that you won't want to do it.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseSkidmarks 2013-02-14 23:54
It's difficult to see pictures of a white case against a white background.
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# RE: RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseOlin Coles 2013-02-15 07:11
I think that they're almost all clear and easy to see, except for one side view photo that displays a flat side panel. It is an alpine white case, after all.
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# ComplimentsBruce 2013-02-15 08:32
I was going to compliment the photographer (Steven) for the quality of the images. I know how hard it is to get good images from all the shiny BLACK cases we normally feature, but over the years I've developed lighting techniques to make it work. I imagine the all white case provided a whole new set of challenges.

One possible tip, try turning down the contrast a bit on your monitor....
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# RE: ComplimentsSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-15 10:15
You are absolutely right there Bruce. I tried a couple of test shots at first, as I had a feeling the color would be hard to portray. Clever lighting and a bit of manipulation with Photoshop won the day in the end.
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# RE: ComplimentsSkidmarks 2013-04-01 06:58
May as well not have bothered with the pictures.
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# RE: RE: ComplimentsOlin Coles 2013-04-01 07:01
You're going to keep complaining about the pictures? We just covered this with you over a month ago. Find something new to gripe about.
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# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseArgos 2013-04-01 05:27
I love the 'black pearl' version of this case.
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# RE: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White CaseArgos 2013-04-01 07:53
I think the pictures are fine. I have no trouble at all.
Perhaps some might want to change some of the settings of their monitor, or perhaps buy a new one alltogether.
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# beautiful caseazrael36 2013-04-05 23:28
IMO this case is a study in refined elegance. I have just purchased one and will begin modding it as soon as it arrives. I am going to bring out the dirty wild woman locked away in this cloak of purity!
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# brain stuttercreator 2013-07-23 04:34
"the top caddy will rotate 45 degrees "
:P
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