Fractal Define Nano S ITX Case Review
Published: 3rd February 2016 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: 54.99 |
Up Close: Exterior Overview
As we said in the introduction, the Nano S's resemblance to the full size Define S is no bad thing as it retains the sleek and simple aesthetic. The case we have for review is the windowed version, but should you desire a fully "silent" version the case can be had with a solid side panel lined, like the rest of the case with Fractals sound and vibration absorbing material. Looking at it here, it really is hard to gauge just how compact the nano S is, but to put in perspective at 330mm in height it's just a smidge taller than a 30cm long ruler.
The roof of the case sports a trademarked "Moduvent" panel. Now we're all in favour of things having snazzy names, but to be honest we think Moduvent is going a bit far when all it describes is a panel that can be clicked on or off, especially as this has to be done from inside the case to begin with, which means that if you've got all your gear installed it's going to be a pig to get at.
The front I/O sports a pair of USB 3.0s as well as the usual audio sockets. Ventilation to the front of the case comes via full height slots cut into the front edge of the case front panel. While not providing the free flow of air offered by a mesh front panel the design has been show to provide sufficient airflow.
The brushed aluminium effect front panel is actually plastic, but so much resembles the real thing as to make comparisons irrelevant. Tucked away in a small notch at the top we find the power LED
The rear of the case is in the familiar ATX style layout, not forgetting of course that this is an M-ITX board only case. At the top we have the rear I/O and a grill for a 120mm fan. It's no big deal that there are no holes for mounting a 140mm unit, especially as the mounts for the 120mm fan are slotted, allowing its position to be altered slightly if needed.