In the field of PC housings, we have encountered Fractal Design more frequently, most recently with the Core 500 Cube Case. With the Define series, the manufacturer has one of the most popular chassis series in its portfolio, which not only scores regularly in tests but is also extremely popular with end-users and system integrators. The Define series covers all areas, from MiniITX housings to large big towers. The inclined hobbyist can thus choose between a variety of different housings with different equipment. In most cases, it did not matter whether water cooling or air cooling, entry-level or high-end PC,
With the new Focus G series, Fractal Design is now entering the field of very low-cost housings, offering not only a wide range of functions, but also a modern design. This includes not only a large viewing window, but also compact dimensions.
In addition to all this, the new Focus G will offer many options for fans of air cooling, water cooling and a lot of room for cable management. Optionally, the new Focus G is available in an ATX as well as a mini version for MiniITX and MicroATX boards.
The slightly larger Focus G model for mainboards up to ATX size is offered by Fractal Design in the colors black, white, blue, red and gunmetal gray. The smaller and very compact Focus G Mini for the micro ATX format, which we will test here, is only available in black.
MicroATX / Mini-ITX motherboard
4 expansion slots
2 – 3.5 “HDD + 3x 2.5” SSD
6 Fans (2 Installed)
CPU coolers up to 165 height
ATX power supply up to 230 mm length
Graphics cards up to 360 mm in length
17 – 25 mm space for cable management behind mainboard support.
Housing dimensions with feet: 205 x 383 x 464 mm
Weight: 6.9 kg
Volume: 0.0705 mł
Front: 2 x 120/140 mm (included are 2 Fractal Design Silent Series LL 120 mm LED)
Rear: 1 x 120 mm
Top: 2 x 120
Bottom: 1 x 120 mm
Water cooling – Radiators – Reservoirs
Front: 120/240 mm, 140 mm
Top: 120/240 mm
The Fractal Design Focus G Mini is delivered in the typical inconspicuous cardboard box, which is known from Fractal Design. Environmental protection and cost reduction are much more important than a colorful “show packaging”. One could also say Fractal Design simply puts every euro into the “chocolate” and little in the packaging.
The scope of delivery includes everything that is needed to get started immediately. In addition to all the screws, there are some cable ties as well as a screw-in aid for the mainboard spacers. In addition, a small manual may not be missing, here everything is illustrated and described in detail. So everyone should be well prepared for the eventuality of the case.
At first glance, the Focus G Mini presented itself as a normal housing. We reckoned with this new low-priced housing with a mix of Core and Define series. In the test, however, many great details were revealed, which clearly places the Focus G in its own category, which fits well into the Lienup of Fractal Design.
The light weight, which at the beginning stunned and is associated with rather lower quality, did not play a role in the Focus G Mini. The material quality is very good for the price class and even the gap dimensions clearly show the fractal also in the lower price segment on quality respects.
In addition to the good workmanship, it has combined Fractal Design with the Focus G Mini compact dimensions with plenty of storage space. Again, at first sight everything looked relatively small, but actually fits a lot into the small Focus G Mini. We particularly liked the option to install up to two 5.25 “drives, because this slot size has become almost a rarity – especially with more compact housings – but is still desired by many, especially when it comes to a media- OC with Blueray / DVD.
Whether friends of water or air cooling, in the Focus G Mini, everyone can take advantage of the option they consider to be the best. All cable openings in the interior are sensibly placed, and there is also enough room behind the mainboard for the laying of many cables. It is clear here that Fractal Design has a long experience in the design of housings. Everything works very thoughtfully and there are actually no inconsistencies in the case. Of course, you want “more” in some places, but if you have the price of only 55 euros in mind, then the Focus G offers amazingly much.
So optical highlight Fractal Design has given the focus G Mini a large “panorama disc”, which is only made of Plexiglas, but optically a lot. The disc is flashlight and reflects extremely. Who wants to be able to set his hardware great in the scene and play with light effects in the interior.
So only small criticism one may call the non-decoupled power supply, that depending on the power supply possibly resonances. The included fans have an LED light that can not be turned off. The lighting is however decent and not disturbing. If you do not want lighting, you have to rely on other fans.
With the Focus G Mini, Fractal Design has incorporated a very sophisticated and outstanding MicroATX housing into the range. If you are looking for a lot of space, a great panorama disc and many thoughtful features, and all this at a small price, you should definitely take a look. The Focus G is one of the best housings with a large side window and two illuminated fans. For an MSRP of only 54.99, one can not make our opinion really wrong.
For the price class good design
Plenty of space with small dimensions
Good dust filter
Excellent cable management
Large viewing window
Suitable for water cooling
Space for big GPUS
Non-decoupled power supply to the rear
LED fans, LEDs can not be switched off