Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy27 Excellent, good looking, quiet, great layout at a good price
Although a little larger than I had envisioned, this case makes installing a new system easy - plenty of space and a great layout with lots of options for fans. I replaced the stock fans with Noctua fans (which I use on my other machines), have a Noctua CPU fan and used a silent PSU - and in normal use it is really almost silent!
One minor issue (which is why I scored quality down a notch) was that the side panel retaining screws are a little short and, as a result, one of the holes on the top of one side had become threaded when I received it. Reported this and got a replacement via Scan (very efficient) but it also had the same problem - so either a batch issue or a minor design flaw (but not one that affects the case in any significant way, as the sides fit snugly anyway).
21 April 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by EngineerFatherof4 Good, not perfect
I don't build very often. Spent ages looking at reviews. I have no HDD, just one NVME and one SSD, so I do not need any drive racks. Picked the Define S.
I moved the rear fan to the front (positive pressure).
Installed radiator of Radeon Fury X in rear fan spot.
It is quiet, FuryX does pump a lot of hot air.
Downs 1 - (minor but silly) MATX posts are marked in the wrong places! I put them in, picked up my Asus H170M-Plus MB and found I needed to move them.
2 - much bigger disappointment - the front fan filter can only be cleaned by taking off the front panel, for which you need to remove both side panels! I don't recall any review pointing this out. Why can't we have filters that are removable and replacable with the chassis in place? I had accepted that the bottom filter has to be removed from the back, because almost no cases offer an alternative. I realise that I had assumed that such a highly rated chassis would have a good front filter system - wrong - no door at all.
3 - supplied fan leads are not long. My Asus MB has good fan control options but the connectors are at the back of the board so the front fan leads do not reach!
I live in a home, not a clean lab. I have a dream of pumping heat out of the chassis in liquid, rather than pumping dusty air through the chassis. Still an expensive proposition. But at least this chassis has some space I could mount bulkhead connectors.
09 April 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barking Excellent value for money
Having owned this case for nearly nine months now, I felt I've owned it long enough now to post a review. The first thing I must stress is that this case does not include a bay for an optical drive.
My setup is air cooled. I replaced the included fans with PWM fans, so I could control each fan individually from AI Suite in Windows. I have three fans at the front and one at the back for positive air pressure. The case is quite roomy with plenty of space to hide cables out of sight, leaving a prettier build. Some Velcro straps are included to help achieve this in tidying the cables up. The panels are padded to suppress sound and they do a good job of this. The case and panels feel quite solid, not at all flimsy.
This case oozes quality at a great price in my opinion. My only regret is perhaps I should have ordered the windowed variant, as this is my tidiest build to date.
10 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Daimonde resubmitted
They want me to resubmit, presumably cos i put an url in of a youtube review of the case. took me ages to write that glowing review. can I be bothered again ? no.
case is great, search for youtube reviews of it. buy one.
07 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Billo Amazing quality and great price.
Was looking at this case for a few weeks on review sites and was impressed with some of its features so I took the plunge and boy was I glad I did. The case is so neat and tidy and has plenty of cable management straps and grommet holes for routing. The main selling point to me was the hard drives being out of sight on the rear of the motherboard tray and this works so well with the supplied brackets. I have it fully loaded with 3 7200rpm drives and 2 Ssd drives and have no issues with heat. I have a really tall air cooler on the cpu and there is plenty of space for it, also temps are only a couple of degrees warmer than with my old open test bench style case so airflow is nothing short of amazing with just the 2 140mm fans included. Only minor gripe is that with the 3 mechanical hard drives installed and my non modular psu I had to be careful/inventive with cable management but it's not a problem. Just an excuse to get a full modular psu. The amount of space inside is making me tempted to go back to watercooling just to fill the huge void at the front of the case now, so more cost. Fractal Designs could charge a lot more and still be on to a winner with this case but for just over £60 they have hit a home run in my eyes and I can't recommend it enough.
30 June 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChrisBradford Great mid tower case
Pro's - Excellent value with plenty of internal space for watercooling. Well made and constructed, although can be a little flimsy with the side panels removed due to no hard drive cages inside. 2x 140mm fans included.
Cons - Not really good enough for high end watercooling. Not enough room for push pull configuration for top mount radiator if using anything other than low profile memory. If using 420mm top mounted radiator you will need to use 30mm wide as any wider you cant mount fans internally. If using front mounted radiator you cant use push pull configuration if you would like to mount a res and pump internally. You can do this but 1 set of fans will be between the case and front cover which renders your dust filter useless
Overall- An excellent mid tower case for somebody who is wishing to try watercooling for the first time. Unrestricted internal access makes working on this case a joy. If you have any experience in watercooling are looking for a case to do a spanking new build in, bottomline, try something else or you'll be running out of space very quick. Although fiddly at times to cable manage its no more hassle than any other case, just take your time and be patient.
12 June 2015