a smaller option for those wanting to forego 5.25in optical bays while retaining a lot of what's good about a Define Series enclosure.
Fractal Design has expanded its range of award-winning Define Series enclosure with a compact ATX solution designed to go head-to-head with the likes of NZXT's Source 340 Elite and Corsair's Carbide Series 400C.
Dubbed the Define C and priced from £79, Fractal's latest chassis is positioned as a smaller option for those wanting to forego 5.25in optical bays while retaining a lot of what's good about a Define Series enclosure. The end result is a case that's less bulky than the Define S/R5, yet familiar in terms of design and feature set.
Fans of the product line will be pleased to learn that exterior styling hasn't changed, yet while it's nice to see a chassis manufacturer maintaining a distinct brand identity, we'd liked to have seen Fractal bring the Define C up to date with the addition of USB Type-C and a more seamless side window.
What we have instead is the feeling of safety that comes from recognisable surroundings. Sound-dampening materials, a top ModuVent, versatile radiator compatibility, a hidden PSU compartment and a design free of unnecessary frills. Define C ticks all those boxes and serves as a smaller, more affordable alternative to the trendsetting Define R5.
Smaller than Define S/Define R5
Enclosed PSU compartment
Available with or without side window
Dust and noise filters throughout
Good cable management
Can easily house a couple of radiators
Not a lot cheaper than the Define S
Lacks front-facing USB Type-C
Doesn't include a fan controller
No 140mm fans as standard
Fractal Design Define C
The Fractal Design Define C mid-tower chassis - windowed and non-windowed - will be available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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