Fractal Design Define S Window Mid-Tower Chassis
Fractal Design is known for utilitarian designs that make installing PC hardware easier and keeping it cooler. Its new Define S chassis makes claims enthusiasts will want to see come to true, namely a "layout, providing a perfectly straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling set ups or extensive radiator mounting possibilities for water cooling set ups."
Fractal Design is a Swedish company that went from primarily offering cases to eventually branching out into power supplies, case fans, and water cooling kits. Shortly after Fractal Design brought its first products to market, the company became a favorite with the enthusiast crowd and has catered to the community ever since.
From the company's about us page:
The concept of Fractal Design is to provide products with an extraordinary level of design, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and pricing. Today's computer has evolved into playing a central role in most homes, creating a demand for appealing design of the computer itself and its accessories. Our main product areas are computer enclosures, power supplies and related accessories.
All Fractal Design products have been carefully designed and tested in our Swedish headquarters. The well-known elements of Scandinavian design can be found throughout all of our product lines; a minimalistic, elegant and simple design, embracing the motto of 'less is more'.
Year over year, the Fractal Design brand continues to grow and we pride ourselves on honestly listening to our partners and customers. All feedback is carefully considered and new revisions of products as well as new product line launches are a direct response to the demand and feedback received from the market.
According to Fractal Design, the Define Series of cases "...lends the appearance, sound dampening technology, and support for a wide variety of components from the widely popular Define Series, while introducing a new, innovative internal layout. The Define S case is packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction. "
The fact that this is our first Fractal Design case review, we are extremely anxious to see just what "Scandinavian design and quality" is all about.
The Fractal Design Define S Window mid-tower chassis arrived in its bare product packaging with bumps and scratches but no serious damage. The overall package measurements are 24"H x 21"L x 13"W and is made of double-walled corrugated cardboard with dual staple construction along the seams.
The Fractal Design Define S Window features a plain cardboard package with an outline of the case, product information, name, company logo and an exploded view of the chassis all printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by molded Styrofoam inserts.