Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact Overview
Taking a first look at the Meshify 2 Compact it is definitely smaller than the original Meshify 2. It has official dimensions of 427 x 210 x 474 mm. We received the Grey version of the case with the tempered glass window (FD-C-MES2C-04). The grey is more of a gunmetal color and looks quite good! Fractal Design also offers the case in both black and white versions. There is a black version SKU that comes with a solid side panel rather than a tempered glass side panel.
To give you an idea of the size difference between Meshify 2 and Meshify 2 compact here is a size comparison.
At the front of the case we have what the case is named after, its front mesh panel. Having mesh in the front means this is a high airflow case. Fractal Design has given the mesh an angular design, which looks pretty cool. There is a small Fractal Design logo towards the bottom of the front of the case.
If you happen to pull on the logo it will open up the front of the case. It open up just like a door to reveal the two included Dynamic X2 GP-14 140 mm cooling fans. This front door case easily by pulled off the case. There is a nylon filter cartridge built into the mesh door, which pulls out from the top for easy cleaning. For those wondering up front you have room for three 120/140 mm fans and radiators up to 360 mm.
There is also a filter than pulls out from the front of the case. This filter extends the entire length of the case.
Moving up to the top of the case we’ll find our buttons and connections. From left to right we have headphone and microphone jacks, a USB 3.2 gen 2 Type-C connection, large power button, smaller reset button, and two USB 3.2 gen 1 Type-A ports.
The rest of the top of the case is a mesh panel. If you pull up from the back of the panel it will easily come off the case. Once removed we can see another full-length filter. Removing that filter we can see the top cooling mount which supports two 120/140 mm fans as well as radiators up to 240 mm. The cooling panel can be fully removed from the case for easily installation of fans and radiators.
On the main side of the case we have a tempered glass side panel. The grey version of the case has a “light” tint, while the white version of the case has “clear” tint. The black version of the case will get the choice of “light” or “dark” tint. The opposite side panel of the case is just a plain steel panel.
Moving around to the back of the case we have the standard layout. At the top of the case we have the third included Dynamic X2 GP-14 140 mm cooling fan. Below that are seven expansion slots, some ventilation, and finally your power supply mount.
You will notice two tabs or buttons towards the top of the case. These will release the side panels. Not only do these make removing your side panels easy, but they also make it so the glass side panel does not have any screws or bolts on it messing up its sleek look.