Design and Workmanship
Once the housing has been unpacked, the amazement begins. It’s hard to tell that this is a Fractal Design product. A few years ago the opinion prevailed among housing manufacturers that insight into the interior was desirable. This opinion was probably born out of the curiosity and joy of presentation of the end customers – if you build a system worth seeing with lighting effects and great hardware, you don’t want to dungeon it behind impenetrable walls. Inspection windows have become standard and are still extremely popular today for the reasons mentioned.
Fractal Design is now taking the principle of letting the eye see to the extreme. The Fractal Design Define S2 Vision offers four hard glass viewing windows. In addition to the right and left side panels, the front and top of the case are also made of glass. Thus the interior of the case, which hopefully has been beautifully prepared, can be admired from almost every angle.
Those who don’t strive for mere functionality with their PC, but also attach importance to aesthetics, should be thrilled. The largely glass housing is fascinating in any case. What is also striking here is that the case otherwise looks largely unspectacular. As exciting as the four windows are, so ordinary is the rest. That doesn’t have to be negative. Rather, it offers a good contrast and makes the case appear suitable for everyday use.
A look inside – almost unavoidable – reveals that Fractal Design also attaches great importance to tidiness in the vision version of the Define S2. Thus, the end customer again has a lot of space and correspondingly large scope for design.
The materials used are of the usual high quality. Both the windows made of tinted tempered glass and the metallic components of the case appear stable and very well finished. We also like the attachment of the glass panes, which are simply snapped in and then screwed tight. We don’t find any points of criticism here.
The front panel is extremely lavishly equipped. In addition to the audio connections, there are also two USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports each as well as a modern USB Type C connection.
The Fractal Design Define S2 Vision is available in both RGB and blackout versions. In our RGB version, instead of black fans, four addressable RGB fans are installed, which provide impressive illumination of the interior.
All in all, the design and workmanship make for a very good first impression, which arouses our interest in the Define S2 Vision.