After the introduction of the Fractal Design Define R5 the Swedish company kept relatively quiet, but today they introduce two new models in the Define-series: the Define C and the Define Mini C. We were sent the latter and of course we tested it using our known test method.
The Define-cases by Fractal – as the company is called by enthusiasts – are very popular among Western hardware experts, because of their ‘sleek’ design, excellent cooling and ease of installation. However the market does not wait. The Define R5 was a lot of catching up to do, which brought the series back to the market standards in terms of functionality. The Define Mini, a critically acclaimed micro-ATX-case, had not been updated since 2011. About time for an update, which we are covering today.
The Define Mini C – the C looks to stand for ‘compact’ – has an MSRP of 87 euro for the windowed version that we received. There is a non-windowed version available as well which costs 5 euro less. This means that the new Fractal is placed in the more luxurious micro-ATX-segments, although it is definitely at the bottom of it.
In the comparison
We compare the Define Mini C with the other Micro-ATX cases that we have tested; primarily more expensive ones but also some cheaper cases, because there are not a lot of models that cost 87 dollars or more. This is the same list as the one in our review of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3, which of course is added here. It is quite nice to see how much smaller the Define Mini C is – and how much smaller it is compared with the ‘old’ Define Mini. It is rather compact, although there are some models in the line-up that take up even less space.