Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

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Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:33 am

Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Built like a truck and can hold 10 HDD's, Fractal Design's latest case is trying to break new ground in both price and features for a what they are calling a "mid-tower". Legit Reviews takes a closer look at the Define XL in Black Pearl to see how it stacks up to the rest of the cases at the super competitive ~$150 price point.

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We love seeing new companies come in an disrupt a market with fresh ideas and innovative solutions. Fractal Design's attempt at a large mid tower case does focus on some of this but in a quirky confusing way. I don't think we have reviewed a case that made us say "hmmm, that's interesting" more times than with the Define XL. The thought put into the sound deadening design is fantastic and will force you to check the power button light to make sure it is running.


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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Hzwstp3n3 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:44 pm

Apoptosis, sorry for the offtopic, but could you please check your personal message folder? ty
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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:37 am

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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby slugbug » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Very nice case. They now have an upgraded USB 3.0 version available.
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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby ehume » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:52 pm

Nice review.

It's clear that it will be a hard case to use because the gap behind the motherboard tray is too small. So in that regard your advice is right on.

My own pet peeve is that this case is like all those Antecs: a single position for a top fan; it is only where it can be an exhaust. I prefer cases where you can set up a top intake where cool air is presented to the front of the cpu heatsink. Cases like this make such an arrangement impossible.
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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:15 pm

slugbug wrote:Very nice case. They now have an upgraded USB 3.0 version available.


Right, which was mentioned several times in the review and we even showed pictures of that!
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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Bhench » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:37 pm

Actually right after the review was posted they quit offering the USB 2.0 version they sent us and only offer it in the USB 3.0 version. The upgrade kit I listed is still available for anyone that purchased the USB 2.0 version.
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Re: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review

Postby Bhench » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:44 pm

ehume wrote:Nice review.

It's clear that it will be a hard case to use because the gap behind the motherboard tray is too small. So in that regard your advice is right on.

My own pet peeve is that this case is like all those Antecs: a single position for a top fan; it is only where it can be an exhaust. I prefer cases where you can set up a top intake where cool air is presented to the front of the cpu heatsink. Cases like this make such an arrangement impossible.


This case actually has the optional front 120mm intake position that would be better to bring in cool air from the front for the front of the air cooler. As I said in the review, the case is great for silence but it is not easy to work in.

Thank you for the kind words.

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