| September 26, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. | 4224 bims
In the case world (and as in others), making something new is not very difficult, the recipe is well known and all the manufacturers use it: start from a good (or not) base, modify – in a trick or two, and presto, here is the new box(es)! This is what Fractal Design has just done with its Meshify 2 Compact from 2021, using the formula already applied with the Meshify 2 (XL) from 2020. The case in question in its version (black or white) with tempered glass will now also exist in an RGB version and a “Lite” version, which means that you will now have 3 choices of “Compact” instead of just one. Before continuing, if this case does not speak to you at all or if you have simply forgotten what it is worth, simply re-read our Meshify 2 Compact test.
Physically, the three boxes are very similar, you will have to look closely enough to see the differences. In the case of the Meshify 2 Compact RGB, it’s quite simple: the 2 Dynamic X2 GP-14 fans and the Dynamic X2 GP-12 have been replaced by 4 Aspect 12 RGB 120 mm fans (3 at the front, 1 in back) ! These have a maximum speed of 1200 rpm and are PWM, controllable via the motherboard or the controller (and its I/O side button) included with this RGB version. Fractal explains to us that the fan support has also been slightly revised for optimized airflow. And that’s it here.
Since the Meshify 2 Compact Lite is the budget version of the Meshify 2 Compact, it has undergone a little more modification, or rather subtractions. Although the case retains the same dimensions to the millimeter, the chassis is different and has been simplified and lightened. As you will see, the images below of the exploded views of the two new variants speak for themselves and highlight very well what has changed. What is a little less visible is that the case will also have fewer routing options and velcro closures for the cables, which you can see in the following images.
Its I / O have also lost the USB 3.2 Type-C port, which will nevertheless be possible to buy separately with an upgrade kit. On the other hand, the ventilation is identical to the original model, with 2 x 140 mm at the front and 1 x 120 mm at the rear. In addition, Fractal Design will also immediately offer a Meshify 2 Compact Lite RGB, thus mixing the characteristics of the Lite version with the ventilation (controller included) of the new RGB model above.
Exploded view of the Meshify 2 Compact RGB.
Exploded view of the Meshify 2 Compact Lite.
What the manufacturer hasn’t addressed at all is the issue of pricing and availability. A Meshify 2 Compact is trading on average for €130 today – which incidentally is well above its official launch price of €108.99. Logically, the Meshify 2 Compact Lite will be cheaper, but we’re willing to bet that it will take over the price position that the Meshify 2 Compact initially occupied, with a little more for the Lite RGB version, while the Meshify 2 Compact RGB could therefore potentially going to titillate the 140 €, or even more.