Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review

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Introduction

Fractal Design is releasing a new version of its Define XL full-tower case, dubbed the Define XL R2, targeted to users who want to build a high-end yet quiet computer. The first version received our “Golden Award.” Let’s see what is new and if the revamped model also deserves our recommendation.

Like the previous version, the Fractal Design Define XL R2 is available in two choices of color: black pearl and titanium gray. We reviewed the titanium gray model.

The new Define XL R2 is a very heavy case; however, it is a little lighter than its previous version, at 35.5 lbs (16.2 kg) – the original Define XL weighs 39 lbs (17.6 kg). The left panel of the R2 weighs 6.5 lbs (3 kg), a reduction of half a pound (200 g) compared to the previous version.

Fractal Design Define XL R2Figure 1: Fractal Design Define XL R2 case

Fractal Design Define XL R2Figure 2: Fractal Design Define XL R2 case

The left panel of the Fractal Design Define XL R2 has a small mesh, allowing you to install a 120 mm or 140 mm fan. This mesh comes covered with a plastic lid that has a very thick foam sheet glued to it. The inner side of both side panels is also covered with a dampening material to reduce the noise level generated by the computer. See Figure 4.

Fractal Design Define XL R2Figure 3: Left panel

Fractal Design Define XL R2Figure 4: Dampening material on the left panel

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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