Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

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EXTERIOR & PANELS

The Arc Mini R2 weighs 9 kg or 19.8 lb and measures 21.0 x 40.5 x 48.4 cm or 8.3 x 15.9 x 19.1 inches (W x H x D), giving it a total volume of 41.2 liters. It's close in size to the Fractal Define Mini but overly large for microATX towers which are typically closer to 30 liters. The main chassis is constructed of steel while the front bezel is made of plastic.


The usual connectors are on the top of the front bezel, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and line-out and mic-jacks. A tiny recessed reset switch occupies a position on the left, a wobbly power button and LED reside at the center, and on the right are the three controls (5V, 7V, 12V) for the integrated fan controller.


The rear of the case is practically identical to the Define Mini. There are a pair of watercooling tubing holes at the top, a 120mm exhaust fan placement, and 4 + 1 expansion slots. The side panels have handles at the center and are held on with a pair of thumbscrews each, as is the top cover.


A large dust filter on the underside services two fan positions and pulls out from the back.


As the side panels are only 0.8 mm thick, they exhibit some flex (especially on the windowed panel) but attach fairly solidly to the chassis.


Removing the front bezel requires no tools, simply pushing out the round plastic tabs holding onto it from the interior is enough to detach the panel. Front fans are mounted using screws.


An enormous dust filter runs along the entire length of the top cover. This seems to be a form over function decision as ceiling fans are typically used as exhausts and are not as prone to dust buildup.


The top dust filter is attached directly to the top cover, while the front filter resides on a frame that detaches with a simple push via a barb system. However for both, metal tabs have to be bent to remove the mesh.



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