FRAC­TAL DE­SIGN’S DE­FINE R6 CASES GET THE USB-C TREAT­MENT

More con­nec­tiv­ity, with a side serv­ing of glass.

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Frac­tal De­sign in­tro­duced to­day its re­vised De­fine R6 cases with in­te­grated USB Type-C ports. The pop­u­lar case man­u­fac­turer also an­nounced a few use­ful ac­ces­sories for ex­ist­ing De­fine R6 own­ers to ex­pand the case’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of moth­er­boards, whether AMD or In­tel, have pretty much em­braced the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (com­monly re­ferred to as USB-C) stan­dard. The ma­jor­ity of mi­dend to high-end moth­er­boards come equipped with an in­ter­nal header for front-panel USB-C ports. Un­for­tu­nately, the stan­dard hasn’t quite caught on with cases. There’s only a hand­ful of cases on the cur­rent mar­ket that have in­cor­po­rated USB-C ports.

Frac­tal De­sign pre­vi­ously of­fered an op­tional USB Type-C panel for De­fine R6 own­ers who de­sired USB-C func­tion­al­ity on their cases. How­ever, the up­grade kit rep­re­sented an ex­tra cost for the owner as it car­ried a $US20 price tag, not to men­tion that users still had to go through the has­sle of tak­ing their cases apart to swap pan­els. Frac­tal De­sign’s lat­est De­fine R6 USB-C cases are the so­lu­tion to that prob­lem.

The De­fine R6 USB-C fea­tures the same set of fea­tures as the orig­i­nal De­fine R6. The new case is avail­able now in eight dif­fer­ent styles. The black, white, blackout and gun­metal mod­els cost $US139.99 ,while the tem­pered glass black, white, blackout and gun­metal mod­els go for $US159.99.

In other news, Frac­tal De­sign also added a few good­ies for De­fine R6 own­ers. The tem­pered glass side panel is now avail­able sep­a­rately for $US29.99. The panel is scratch-re­sis­tant and has a bolt-free de­sign to latch it­self on the left or right side of the De­fine R6 case. It’s avail­able in black, white and gun­metal. Ad­di­tion­ally, the case maker has started sell­ing HDD drive trays and SSD brack­ets, which come in pairs in a sin­gle kit. The kits are avail­able in black and white and cost $US9.99 each.

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