The outside of the Define R2 case looks rather standard but stylish. The front door has a matte finish. According to Fractal Design the front panel has a stunning design. I don’t really see what is so stunning about it but the least I can say about it is that the panel is practically functional, but rather limited in features, and has a power button which, if lit up, you can barely miss. Furthermore the panel supports both audio and microphone, two USB and one e-SATA port.
The whole case is made with black brushed aluminum. Both side panels have extra noise absorbing bitumen panels on the inside.On the main side panel there is a 14x14cm part in the bitumen layer to take out, so one can add an additional 12 or 14cm fan.
The bottom of most cases is not very interesting but Fractal Design added a nice feature to the Define R2 case. The dust filter on the 12/14cm fan slot beneath the PSU can be taken out to be cleaned easily. The small feet the case stands on are chromed with rubber parts hitting the ground so your pretty parquet will not get scratched.
The top of the Define R2 case features the front panel and two 12/14cm fan grids.
The back of the case has nice white-painted slots and two pairs of water cooling holes. The upper ones may prove useful if you decide to mount your 2×120/140 radiator on top of the case. The lower two holes are in a less convenient position.
On top of that we see a nice 12cm fan doing its job.
The plastic front door holds noise absorbing foam and gives access to two 5.25” bays, from which one is a 5.25” to 3.25” converter. Below that we have two 14cm doors which have a click closure mechanism.
Opening up the 14cm doors reveals two 12-14cm fan holes, with the lower one having a pre-installed 14cm fan which cools the lower HDDs.