Fractal Design Meshify C has different features than most computer cases. Here is the Fractal Design Meshify C Review. So what makes Fractal Design Meshify C different?
Almost the entire computer case industry now offers housings with a glass window. But a not-so-small, Swedish manufacturer never stopped bucking the trend. At least so far. Because the Meshify C is the first newly developed Fractal Design Meshify C case with a glass side panel and a design that was inspired by cut diamonds.
Fractal Design Meshify C is primarily defined by its function. Especially the versatile and silent-optimized models of the Define series have proven this again and again. The design had to subordinate itself to the function and was made as simple as possible. However, a clear change can be observed with a new Fractal Design Meshify C series. In May we tested the first model with LED fans, the Focus G. And now Fractal Design Meshify C is backing it up with another premiere.
Just a few days ago, Fractal Design Meshify Copresented the Define C TG, a housing that offers a glass side panel. But the case was not really new – it is simply a new variant of the well-known Define C. The first (at least externally) newly developed case with a glass side panel, however, is the Meshify C. The midi tower is also coming onto the market with a completely new design. The front, which is supposed to be reminiscent of cut diamonds, is particularly distinctive. How much Fractal Design Meshify C has redesigned the interior, we will still clarify. Meshify C is designed as a compact ATX case. It should not only accommodate a high-performance gaming system but also be able to cool it appropriately.
The midi tower was developed for the mainstream segment. At an official retail price of 89.99 euros, the price remains below the 100 euros mark. This is also necessary because the competition now also offers mainstream housings with glass side panels in this price range.
In addition to the glass side part, it is above all the front design that is unusual for a Fractal Design Meshify C case. Where otherwise simple, smooth plastic surfaces dominate the picture, the Meshify C stands out with its specially shaped metal grille. It should be reminiscent of black diamond facets. The silver-colored plaque with the Fractal Design Meshify C lettering provides a contrast. Silent enthusiasts may turn up their noses at the open mesh front – but for them, Fractal Design Meshify C continues to offer the Define series. The front design should have a positive effect on cooling performance.
A textile dust filter sits directly behind the metal grille. At first glance, cleaning seems difficult, but the dust filter can simply be pushed out at the bottom edge. A single 120 mm Dynamic X2 GP-12 fan does its work behind the front. Two additional 120 mm front fan slots can be used optionally. Alternatively, two 140 mm front fans or a maximum of one 360 or 280 mm front radiator can be used.
The I / O panel provides two (black) USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks for a headset. In the front part of the front, power and a reset button can also be used.
Externally, the Meshify C stands out benevolently from all other Fractal Design Meshify C cases. In the interior, however, this no longer applies – because it is largely shared with the Define C. It also looks modern and tidy in the new Fractal Design Meshify C model.
After all, the glass side panel provides a different mounting solution. It rests on thick rubber buffers and is fastened with four knurled screws. There are even more rubber buffers on the screw heads. And then, finally, foam rubber strips on the edges also ensure that the housing and side panel are decoupled. As far as we know, no other manufacturer has decoupled glass side panels in such a laborious manner.
There is space for up to seven expansion cards. They are fastened inside the housing with knurled screws.
The two fans were traditionally mounted by Fractal Design Meshify C with fan screws. They are powered by a 3-pin connector. The front fan is designed in the middle position to supply the expansion cards with fresh air.
Name: Fractal Design Meshify C
Material: steel, plastic, tempered glass
Dimensions: 217 x 440 x 395 mm (W x H x D)
Form factor: ATX / Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX
Drives: 3x 2.5 / 3.5 inches (internal), 3x 2.5 inches (internal)
Fan: 3x 120 / 2x 140 mm (front, 1x 120 mm pre-installed), 1x 120 mm (rear wall, pre-installed), 2x 120/140 mm (cover, optional), 1 x 120 mm (base, optional)
Weight: around 6 kg
Price: 89.99 euros