Interior

The inside of the Define Mini is coated in a heavy duty black powder coat. On the inside of both of the side panels you can see both the powder coat and a sound deadening used to keep the Define Mini silent. The side panel also shows off the use of sound deadening and a filter on the vent that is above and beyond anything we have seen on any other case before. This is their ModuVent™ technology to help keep the sound down while still letting air in and out. 

 

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Along with a whole collection of cable management along with rubber grommets the Define Mini also has a large access hole for the back of the CPU. If I didn’t know better I would think I was looking at the 800D.

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Up top you can find the same ModuVent™ filter on the top vent. This is a better shot, showing off the filter with the sound deadening attached to it. 

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I mentioned the cable management before; here you can see the two main holes. You can also see the four rubber bumpers placed under the power supply to help support it and keep vibration and noise to a minimum.

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The Define mini’s front I/O panel wiring includes an internal USB 3.0 connection. Even though we have seen this before, I am still very happy to see this. I would prefer than the entire cable be blue though. They did a good job sleaving all of the other wires to keep them in a nice consistent black color to match the interior.

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Although we could see it slightly through the back fan grill, from the inside we can get an even better look at the included rear fan. Fractal used one of their own designs with a black casing and bring white fan blade, matching the PCI slot covers.

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Speaking of the white PCI slot covers, here is a better look at them.

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Behind the front fans you have two three drive hard drive bays. The top bay is removable to open up extra room for extremely long video cards when needed. Matching the white bladed fan and PCI slots, all six of the metal hard drive trays is white and color. Each drive is built to handle both 3  ½ inch drives and 2 ½ drives.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #20696 03 Nov 2011 18:53
Forgot to post here yesterday when we posted this :)
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #20704 03 Nov 2011 21:14
Small cases have a soft spot in my heart. Loved this case when I saw it at CES and it continues to offer great spec's for a low cost of entry.
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #20718 04 Nov 2011 07:47
I have to admit it is a nice case, but I think I'd prefer its cousin the Arc Mini. It is the door that does it for me, I just don't like them. The rest of the case seems fairly similar to the arc mini so that would be my choice. Great review though and still a good case to have.

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