Introduction

We will be reviewing the Fractal Design Focus G White ATX Computer Case (FD-CA-FOCUS-WT-W) which is part of their Focus case line up. The Focus G line up has 5 assorted colors to choose from: black, blue, gunmetal, red and white. There is also a mini-G version in this same case line up that’s 61mm shorter. Currently the white Fractal Design Focus G case sells for $40 on Newegg.

Fractal Design was launched in 2007 and burst onto the enthusiast scene a few years later with the launch of the Define R2 case. They are best known for the silent style cases they manufacture, however they also design and build fans, water coolers and power supplies for PC enthusiasts.

Unboxing

A quick look at the front of the case here shows an open mesh design. This implies the case is not one with sound levels in mind. The front panel has the basic connections that include USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. Then an HDD activity LED placed between the 3.5mm jacks and the reset button. At the far left is the power button that doubles as a LED when the system is powered on.

Behind the control panel we have two fan grilles where you can mount two 120mm or 140mm case fans. Additionally, there is room for up to a 240mm radiator at the top.

The front of the case is an open mesh design. There are also two 5 ¼” external bays which is not removable. The bottom bay can not be used if you use a 280mm radiator otherwise, a 120/240mm or a 140m/280mm radiator will fit fine.

Taking It Apart

It comes preinstalled with two Silent Series LL 120mm LED fans up front. Both fans are blowing air into the case, so that is how I will keep them during my testing.

This case supports Micro ATX, ATX and ITX motherboards with up to a 230mm PSU mounted on the bottom (with the HDD cage installed). There is room for up to a 380mm GPU. The HDD cage can support two 3.5” drives or two 2.5” SSDs. There is a single dedicated 2.5” drive mount behind the motherboard tray.

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7 Comments

  1. At first I was disappointed that it only had 2 USB ports and they were split between USB2 and USB3. Then I read further and saw it was only $40 for the case. You get what you pay for, but for a cheap case, it’ll do.
  2. I have used two of these cases in fairly recent builds and actually have liked them. My wife’s current PC is housed in one and an extra PC I sold to a friend of mine who loves the look of the case. For the price it’s a good deal. Great review also!
  3. This one is probably the hands down winner in the $50 or less category. I have definitely built in much, much worse.

    Nice review!

  4. I have the blue version of this case at the moment which replaced my ancient Antec P182.

    There are a few things I would point out that weren’t mentioned in the review. The 3.5" "bays" are just a cage made of flimsy plastic. The plastic does the job but 3.5" drives can be knocked out of place if you’re messing around the innards and hit them. Also, the 3.5" cage can be moved closer to the front of the case and you must do this before putting any drives in it. Another mention would be that the windowed side panel is just plastic and not tempered glass. It’s lighter because of this but is the cheaper option due to the price of the case. Not an issue for me. The final point is the flimsiness of the case. The metal is really thin which does not lead to it being sturdy. That said, it’s perfectly serviceable as a case and really light.

    The included fans don’t seem to be the best. I’ll definitely be looking into replacing them the next time I order some fans. The reason I moved the 3.5" hard drive cage is because I wanted the drives closer to the front of the case and the fans because they were running several degrees C warmer than they did in my Antec P182. Even right next to the fans they’re still running warmer and I’m sure part of that is because of the fans included with the case aren’t that great.

    One last mention are the power and drive activity LEDs. They’re white lights and they tend to be really bright. I haven’t decided on a permanent solution to the issue but I have the lights partially blocked off at the moment because they are **** bright and annoying at night.

    That all said, it’s a good case for the money and if you’re looking for a budget case for a simple computer build there probably aren’t many options out there which touch it for the price.

  5. Thanks for the review Leroy! Nice case for the money. Tough to beat at that level for a beginner’s case, or something not needing large long-term changes.
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