Fractal Design Define Nano S Review

Fractal Design has been one of our favorite case manufactures since they jumped on the scene. Their cases have always been very high-quality, easy to build in, and offer a sleek design. Their Define Series really set the bar for a silent case that was functional. Most of the cases in the Define Series were made for ATX builds, but they recently released the Define Nano S, which is made for ITX builds. But don’t let that fool you, the case still has room inside for long graphics cards, full-size power supplies, and tall CPU coolers. Let’s jump in and see what the Define Nano S is all about!

Special thanks to Fractal Design for providing us with the Define Nano S to review.

Specifications
– ITX motherboard compatibility
– 2 expansion slots
– 2 – 3.5″ HDD/2.5″ SSD positions; 2 – 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions (fits SSDs up to 13mm thick)
– 6 – Fan positions (1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fan + 1 Fractal Design Dynamic GP-12 120mm fan included)
– Filtered fan slots in the front and bottom (ejects from the front of the case)
– CPU coolers up to 160mm in height
– ATX PSUs up to 160mm deep (shorter PSUs recommended for easier cable management)
– Graphics cards up to 315mm in length with front fans mounted (Cards wider than the dual slot bracket are not recommended)
– 17 – 35mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
– Velcro straps included for easy cable management
– Both side panels and rear HDD/SSD brackets feature smart captive thumbscrews
– Dense sound dampening material on front and right side panels; left side panel includes a transparent window
– ModuVent™ on top of case for further silent computing or additional ventilation
– Colours available: Black
– Case dimensions (WxHxD): 203 x 330 x 400mm
– Case dimensions – wtih feet/protrusions/screws: 203 x 344 x 412mm
– Net weight: 4.6 kg
– Case volume: 26.80 litres
– Package dimensions (WxHxD): 275 x 485 x 420mm
– Package weight: 5.8 kg

Packaging
The Define Nano S comes in a typical retail case box. On the front of the box is an outline of the case and it lets us know we have the
windowed version of the case. There is also a version of the case that has a plain side panel.

Fractal Design Define Nano S

Flipping over to the back of the box there is an exploded view of the case that shows all of the different parts.

Fractal Design Define Nano S

Opening the box up inside you will find the case nicely protected by large pieces of styrofoam and a plastic bag. There is also plastic film on the window to protect it from getting scratched. Inside the case you will find instructions and a box of goodies that has your mounting hardware and zip ties.

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