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Hardware Fractal Design Define Nano S Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Combatus, 4 Mar 2016.

  1. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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  2. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, bit of a mixed bag this one. Has the usual nice Fractal touches, but for me it's still too big - there's tons of empty space, especially in the top front section. Sure, that means room for fat rads and so on, but for a lot of people it's going to be wasted space. 28.8 litres is pretty big for an ITX-only case (contrast with something like the Raijintek Styx which is 25.3l and mATX).

    Can't help but think that this is a bit of a "safe" design really - there's nothing particularly novel or exciting about it. It's basically a shrunken down version of a standard Fractal ATX case, which is fine but not what I'm looking for in an mITX chassis.
     
  3. Dogbert666

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    True. I think one potential excuse for the size is the focus on low noise so you could go a bit overkill on the radiators and have super low spinning fans. Not saying you couldn't have a quiet/silent build in a smaller chassis! And thankfully Fractal is at least going smaller with things like the Core 500 and Node 202
     
  4. Vault-Tec

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    It so desperately needs a PSU shroud.
     
  5. SchizoFrog

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    What's the general opinion of a comparison with a Corsair 250D?
     
  6. Maki role

    Maki role Dale you're on a roll... Staff

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    Sounds like Fractal Designs in a nutshell tbh.
     
  7. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Same as with The Witness' review, there is an 80% score rating on the last page of the mobile review.
     
  8. Dogbert666

    Dogbert666 *Fewer Staff Administrator

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    Thanks for this, and sorry we didn't catch it before - a relic from the previous system. Should no longer be an issue!
     
  9. fingerbob69

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    No dust cover to swop in for the removable solid roof panel? What a miss!
     
  10. Splooshiba

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    Is anyone here planning on buying one / already got one?

    Scan had a pre-order date of March 12th, then it changed to today (March 15th), then changed again to March 31st :sigh:. Does anyone know anywhere else selling this case, or if anywhere else is not getting stocked?
     
  11. Dogbert666

    Dogbert666 *Fewer Staff Administrator

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    Asked Fractal for you - they said right now it's looking like arriving at dock on March 25th, so the Scan ETA is likely quite accurate!
     
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  12. Splooshiba

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    Good to know, thanks!
     
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    Shoulda called it the Nano-L. Looks mahoosive.

    This is going to be the new must have thing isn't it. I agree too!
     
  14. Splooshiba

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    Yeah its fairly large, but its one of the few ITX cases that can fit AIO liquid coolers and isn't really wide due to a horizontal motherboard. I've got a node 304 at the moment and it just looks like it takes up too much desk... I think my ideal case dimensions would be the node 304 on its side :D.
     
  15. Splooshiba

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    Scan have some in stock now, more coming on the 31st :lol:
     
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