Fractal Define Nano S ITX Case Review

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Fractal Define Nano S Review

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As always when reviewing a case we take it totally apart.  As the Nano S is predominantly metal though, there's really only the plastic front and top covers to remove.  Starting at the top then you can see the ModuVent system in all it's glory.  We're sorry to keep harping on about this, but had they just called it a removable top panel we'd have been fine with it, it is, after all a good feature.  it's just the whole snazzy "ModuVent thing we're having trouble getting behind.  It's kinda like saying a jam jar has a "Modulid" system, just because the lid comes on and off.  What removing sound deadened top panel does do though is enable us to see the plentiful fan and radiator mounting slots that are present in the mesh roof panel.

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The base of the case also benefits from having a large mesh area and, as this may well be used as an intake, Fractal have fitted a full length dust filter which is easily removed via the front of the case without having to remove anything else first.

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The same cannot be said of the front filter though, as to get at this you first need to pull the front of the case off.  Having done that the filter itself is easy to remove for cleaning and is robust enough to withstand a going over with a vacuum cleaner.

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Most Recent Comments

03-02-2016, 06:45:44

AlienALX
It's a nice little case but it just looks a little dated inside to me. I think it should be mandatory that cases come with PSU shrouds these days, given how much better they can make a PC look inside.

Thanks for the review.Quote

03-02-2016, 12:31:45

Wraith
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
It's a nice little case but it just looks a little dated inside to me. I think it should be mandatory that cases come with PSU shrouds these days, given how much better they can make a PC look inside.

Thanks for the review.
I don't know about having the shrouds mandatory but I feel that maybe they could do them as an option or like Corsair do with the 700D parts have them as a purchasable extra. In failing that just make them, it's not rocket surgery.Quote

03-02-2016, 15:50:41

G-Dubs
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
I don't know about having the shrouds mandatory but I feel that maybe they could do them as an option or like Corsair do with the 700D parts have them as a purchasable extra. In failing that just make them, it's not rocket surgery.
Neither is it Brain Science lolQuote

03-02-2016, 23:53:00

rfarmer
Well Fractals new way of looking at an itx case has already been done with the Phanteks Evolv-iTX. Plus it has a psu shroud.Quote

04-02-2016, 00:49:54

jimma47
It's cute - if I had a Define S I'd buy this and turn it into a mini fridge.

It's still a good case. There will always be better (and many more) worse cases so I think the Silver borderline Gold award is pretty spot on. Just a shame it missed those few mm I wonder if it was a conscious choice or they just didn't think?Quote
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