Excerpt: The Fractal Design R3 is a refined version of the luxurious R2 case that won our previous group test. It retains the same understated appearance and emphasis on quietness, but adds even quieter fans and improved cable management. Behind the sleek hinged door are two 120mm front intake fan mounts, only one of which is fitted with a fan, and two 5.25in external drive bays. A 3.5in adaptor is included in case you want to add a memory card reader.
Excerpt: Fractal Design is a Swedish computer hardware company that specializes in the areas of enclosures and power supplies. When I think of other Swedish companies, Ikea and Volvo come to mind, and like their Swedish brethren Fractal Design designs and engineers its products with a Scandinavian design philosophy. Following the major pillars of this style of design result in the creation of products that are functional, minimalistic and modern in style.
Summary: Despite its modest cable management capabilities, the Define R3 has been one of the best enclosures I've ever worked with. The R3's strength lies in the underlying simplicity of its design. Rather than expending energy on extra features like funky design cues, hot-swappable drive docks, and tool-less gadgets, Fractal Design appears to have focused its attention on refining proven methods and making a high-quality product above all else. This is the K.I.S.S.
Summary: The new version of the Fractal Design Define case has a few notable improvements over its predecessor. The bitumen sheets to dampen noise has an improved look and finish. The rubber grommets that were the source of the smell that some users compained about is gone. For users who wanted a little more airflow, the updated model delivers minor improvements in ventilation and fans that are not only faster but sound smoother overall.
Summary: Overall the Fractal Design R3 is a triumph of case design. Its understated fridge-inspired looks will always polarize users but for those seeking low noise, intelligent design and good cooling the R3 strikes a near perfect balance.
Pros: - Oustanding value for money, - Great Cooling Performance, - Very low noise, - Excellent design and layout
Cons: - USB 3.0 and firewire would be nice, - Door orientation cannot be changed
Excerpt: Fractal Design kicked off the launch of the Fractal brand products in the United States at CES 2011. Before the recent release of their products in the U.S., prospective U.S. buyers had to find Fractal Design products at Canada based retailers, such as NCIX, for the cheapest shipping options. Newegg has now started to list Fractal Design products, including the Define R3. Today, we have the pleasure to introduce the Define R3 to the U.S.
Excerpt: Fractal Design’s Define R3—the first Fractal case that will be widely available in the States—marries cool Scandinavian design with a hefty dose of acoustic foam and lots of nice touches. The Define R3 is available in four colors: black, grey, silver, and white. We chose the white one because, damn, something about an all-white case with a great paint job just gives us the warm-and-fuzzies.
Pros: Attractive, elegant design; quiet; well-built; room for plenty of fans.
Cons: Only two fans, two optical drives, and two USB ports; heavy side panels; a side fan would be nice.
Summary: The Fractal Design Define R3 has some noticeable improvements over the Define R2 and I agree that these warrant a new revision. The only thing Fractal Design needs to watch out for is the fact that the market is not standing still. Many manufacturers offer USB 3.0 connectivity or allow graphics cards beyond 30 cm to be installed in their chassis.
Pros: Unique set of features, Sound dampening installed everywhere, Improved dampening material in comparison to the R2, Space for eight hard drives, Front drive bay covers may easily be removed now, Excellent cable routing possibilities, Plenty of areas to hide cables, Ready for 2.5" hard drives, Fan controller for three fans included, Black interior, Now with a reset button, Rear expansion slot covers have vents now, White accents look excellent, Thumb screws for the expa...
Cons: Clips of front covers won't last long, No USB 3.0 Connectivity, Graphic cards beyond 29 - 30 cm may not fit, Packaging seems too compact for safe transportation, Somewhat heavy
Summary: Das Fractal Define R3 Black Pearl ist sehr empfehlenswert und hat ein unschlagbares Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis. Es kann mit sehr vielen Eigenschaften überzeugen, die bei anderen Gehäuse dieser Preisklasse vergeblich gesucht werden. Das Define R3 ist der direkte Nachfolger des Define R2 und die Kritikpunkte des Define R2 wurden beim Fractal Define R3 Black Pearl verbessert und sogar optimiert, um das Gehäuse in dieser Qualität zu präsentieren.
Excerpt: Gracias a Atlas Informática hoy os presentamos el análisis de una de las cajas más interesantes del Silent Computing actual, la Fractal Design Define R3 . Esta Define R3 es una caja de tamaño midi con aislamiento acústico, pero que promete no descuidar el apartado térmico gracias a un cuidado sistema de refrigeración.
Pros: Realmente silenciosa., Refrigera bastante bien para pertenecer al sector Silent Computing., Bastante espaciosa., Materiales de calidad sobresaliente., Gran sistema de gestión de cables.
Cons: La Fractal Design Define R3 viene embalada en una caja negra de cartón duro. En la parte frontal encontramos una fotografía de la propia caja por la parte de delante, así como un resumen de sus principales características., En la siguiente imagen podemos ver el espacio donde irá instalada la placa base. Tenemos un gran hueco para poder manipular el socket de la placa base por la parte trasera, así como numerosos agujeros engomados para canalizar los cables. La verdad ...