Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

Clean and doesn’t shout for attention, the Fractal Design Node 202 brings the company’s signature sleek and simple look to the small PC setup.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The Fractal Design Node 202 is such that even the rear view and under side is as simple as it is.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

While the casing is small, the cover is of solid build and not to mention possibly the heaviest I’ve come across.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

Here’s the interior space of the Fractal Design Node 202 – absolutely simple, just pop-open the upper cover and it’s all there.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The model in this review is the one with PSU, a 450W Fractal Design Integra with 80Plus Bronze rating. You don’t need many cables for something so compact.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The motherboard area is as what’s expected of a compact casing, with some areas on the under-side to accommodate cooler mounts.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The Node 202 fits 310mm length graphics card with 88mm width – put it simple, it can accommodate almost every card in the market except for the huge ones.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

As for the drives, they’re mounted on a bracket that’s seen in the above picture, it’s on the right side.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The graphics card is held in place by these 2 screws, this is the only complaint I have about the Node 202 – the screws are in place as it is but the protruding part of the casing itself blocks screwdrivers from vertically accessing the screws.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

The Fractal Design Node 202 comes with dust filters for the GPU and PSU, it’s great to have those dust filters but note that cleaning it does take some effort as you’ll need to remove the bottom cover to access it. The bottom cover removal is also required to adjust the GPU support clip.

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

Specifications

Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
2 – 2.5? SSD unit positions (height limitation 10.5mm)
2 expansion slots
2 – 120mm optional fan positions in graphics card chamber
CPU coolers up to 56 mm in height
PSU compatibility: SFX PSUs up to 130mm long
Graphics card compatibility: Maximum dimension of graphics card is 310x145x47mm (LxHxD)
Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
3 dust filters included (for CPU, GPU and PSU)
Case volume: 10.2 litres
Colors available: Black
Case dimensions – Horizontal (WxHxD): 377 x 82 x 330 mm
Case dimensions – Horizontal, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 377 x 88 x 332 mm
Case dimensions – Vertical, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 125 x 385 x 332 mm
Net weight: 3.5 kg
Package dimensions (WxHxD): 145 x 463 x 388 mm
Package weight: 4.0kg

Do remember to visit the official product page.

The Verdict

The Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing retails at RM 669, of course this comes with a 450W 80Plus Bronze PSU. Factor those 2 and you’ll realize how great a value this is for a compact, sleek and simple looking casing that fits into any living room setup without calling for attention.

goldfries recommended

Fractal Design Node 202 Mini-ITX / HTPC Desktop Casing Review

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