|Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The front intake grill is hinged at the bottom and will fold down and give you access to the front intake fan holder.
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.
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.