When it comes to sleek looking casing designs, one could always look for Fractal Design products. I love the Node model that I reviewed before and the Define R5 seems to be one that carries the trait of Fractal Design in its genes.
Put it simple, the design is sleek, simple and aimed for silence.
Starting from the top, all the buttons and I/O ports are placed at the front area of the top section.
The top section comes with 3 removable panels, you only remove them when you intend to mount something at the top, I’ll go into more of that later.
The Define R5 comes with door-like front panel and you are able to open it either way. For those of us who don’t use drives anymore, this door will likely be left untouched.
Here’s the rear view of the Define R5 of which it looks nothing out of the ordinary – well it seems so, until you realize that the side panel on the components side is locked with a latch. Sure you unscrew the securing screws first but after that you’ll have to use the latch to release the panel from lock.
From the bottom, 4 legs with rubber padding and a huge dust filter.
The Define R5 was designed for silence – I said that earlier and here’s why, the side panels on both sides come with sound dampening material.