Fractal Design Define R3 PC Case
Cases and Cooling
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Although for the past 4 years i have seen and reviewed more than 100 PC Cases from small ITX to huge HPTX compatible ones i can't say i have witnessed anything really groundbreaking in terms of features. Sure the design varies from case to case, tool-less mechanisms are different, interior space is different, cable management holes are different, drive bays are different in number and installed fans are different in performance, size and number but all these aside we have yet to see anything really special/unique and i don't know if that time will ever come (but i hope it will). Anyways a month ago with us we had the latest Define XL Full Tower by Fractal Design which proved to be quite a nice investment for its price tag and today we have its youngest and smallest sibling, the Define R3 Midi Tower.
The concept of Fractal Design is to provide products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and pricing. The computer of today has come to play a central role in most people’s home, creating a demand for appealing design of the computer itself and its accessories. Our main product areas are computer enclosures, power supplies, cooling, external storage and Media Center-products, such as Home Theatre-enclosures, keyboards and remote controls. All Fractal Design products have been thoroughly designed, tested and specified in our Swedish head quarter. The well known ideas of Scandinavian design can be found through all of our products; a minimalistic but yet striking design - less is more. Our vision is to have a constant, healthy growth together with our partners worldwide. Our goal is to be widely recognized for our designed products and to have them available in all major market regions within EU and US. We should be a good alternative to the already established retail brands of today. It's of great importance for us that our partners understand the values of Fractal Design, therefore we are putting great effort into choosing the right partners from the start. We will work actively to maintain sales territories and profitable business for our partners. In the competitive market of today, it's not enough to just provide excellent products. Regular and well planned marketing activities in close cooperation with the channel and the available media, are keypoints to succeed. We are well experienced in marketing brands in the IT business, and we will use this to create efficient marketing tools – to gain a bigger market share and good earning possibilities for our channel.
As you will also see later on in this review the Define R3 is almost identical to the Define XL only smaller (naturally) and so this should prove to be a better solution for people who don't like sacrificing the space needed by a full tower case. Personally I’ve always used full tower cases since that means more room to work, more space to install hardware and obviously better airflow, but that's just me i guess. In any case the Define R3 has a very sturdy construction and sufficient interior space to install almost anything you would ever want to so you can understand why it left us with the best possible impressions.