Fractal Design Define S2 Vision Overview
The Define S2 Vision looks very much like the original Define S2. It has official dimensions of 543 x 233 x 465 mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at just under 27 lbs without hardware installed. As of right now there are two versions of this case. The version we recieved is the Define S2 Vision RGB, which comes with four Fractal Design Prisma ARGB fans as well as a ARGB LED strip. Then there is a S2 Vision Blackout which replaces the four ARGB fans with four Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-14 PWM fans. The RGB version of the case has an MSRP of $239.99, while the Blackout version will only be $189.99.
So instead of an anodized aluminum front panel like we saw on the original Define S2, the Define S2 Vision has a solid tempered glass panel. The window on the panel is tinted. Unlike other front tempered glass panels this one is completely affixed to the front bezel of the case, so it is a single piece. I like this design as you do not have any screws or bolts showing on the front part of the case. The entire front part of the case easily pops off. This gives us access to the three front Prisma AL-14 ARGB PWM fans. Fractal Design has actually redesigned this part of the case so the fan rails are no visible, so it basically looks like the fans are just floating there. While you do have the three fans pre-installed you can also fit radiators up to 360 mm up front.
Moving up to the top of the case towards the front you’ll find your buttons and connections. From left to right you have HD audio connections, a small reset button, USB-C port, a large power button, two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports.
Going with the whole tempered glass theme we have a tempered glass panel on the top of the case. The tempered glass panel can actually be popped out very easily. With it removed we can see that by default we do not have any cooling options up top. This is why Fractal Design includes the optional cooling bracket and filtered ventilation top. With it installed you can actually support three 120 / 140 mm fans or radiators up to 360 mm.
Of course we have a tempered glass side panel on this case, which shows off pretty much everything inside, just like all of the other panels this panel is tinted. Taking a look at the case from the side we can see there is ventilation for those three front fans. The front of the case actually sits about an inch from the fans, so Fractal Design has long ventilation on each side of the case Each section has a removable filter which can be accessed when you remove the front panel of the case. When it comes to cases with tempered glass front panels this is been the best implementation I’ve seen for airflow. Not high airflow by any means, but better than most.
The opposite side panel is also tempered glass, so in total we have four tempered glass panels on this case.
The entire bottom of the case is ventilated and there is a removable filter that you can access front the front of the case. It extends the entire length of the case.
Moving around to the back of the case we have a pretty typical design. Towards the top is the fourth included Prisma AL-14 ARGB PWM fan. The case does support a 120 or 140 mm fans back here. At the top left corner is a button that releases the top tempered glass panel from the case. There are seven expansion slots and two vertical slots with your power supply mount at the bottom of the case. While the vertical mount is there you’ll need to buy the riser cable separately. You’ll notice both side panels have thumbscrews on them, while these do not stay attached to the panel I really like the panel design. Fractal Design has affixed tempered glass panels to a normal panel. In my opinion this is much better than a single piece of glass and makes it so you don’t have any screws on the side panel ruining the overall look of the case.