Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Storm Scout 2
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CM Storm Scout II review: too little, too late
10 June 2013
Excerpt: The CM Storm Scout was recently updated, and we tested the Advanced version. The sturdy grips indicate it's made for being moved around, to LAN parties for example. With the white or grey color scheme it definitely stands out. It will be interesting to see whether the second edition of the Scout cools well enough and how loud it gets.
Cooler Master Storm Scout II Advanced Case Review: Falling Behind the Curve
19 March 2013
Conclusion: I know for a fact that Cooler Master has good cases in their repertoire, and they offer them at all price points. I actually quite like Cooler Master's hardware; the sheer amount of hit and miss in their line is something I chalk up largely to the breadth and depth of products they offer. That's why I'm so disappointed in the Storm Scout II Advanced. First, the good.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 arrived some three years after the original CM Storm Scout hit the market, however, I think it was worth the wait. I feel that the case is more refined than the original and is currently at a price point that most LAN party goers would have a hard time passing up. The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 case is more streamlined and seems to have a more modern “hi-tech” military themed look and feel to it.
Pros: more of a modern “high tech” military look to it, sturdy quality built chassis, great carrying handle, well balanced when carrying, will accommodate large graphics cards, with the removal of top HDD cage panel, supports ATX and Micro ATX, tool-less design, excellent amount of ventilation, will support up to 9x 120mm fans, one of which can be a 140mm front intake, cable management holes with rubber grommets, rubber bottom case feet
Cons: only one fan included (should have at least 3), no dust filter for a couple of intake fan locations, no 3.5″ external drive
Excerpt: If you have not figured it out by now, just about every case manufacturer has a gaming brand. Cooler Master was one of the first to develop such a brand when they opened up CM Storm. And since then we have seen some pretty great cases. Today, we have the newest addition to the brand which would be the Storm 2. The only thing the new version and the original have in common is a LAN handle and size. We will be taking a look at what makes this one the new must have case.
Summary: Having released the CM Storm Scout three and a half years ago, Cooler Master has had plenty of time to update its design, and when it comes to aesthetics, we think the company has greatly improved the original product. The Scout 2's smooth lines and detailed moldings make for a more modern looking case. Looks aside, Cooler Master's revamped enclosure also offers USB 3.0 ports and a slightly better internal design.
Summary: The CM Storm Scout 2 is definitely a step up from the original in almost every way possible. The front is more rounded, and while still an aggressive looking unit, it should be pleasing to anyone who sees it. I like that Cooler Master covered the I/O panel, and the new handle is much improved over the first Scout. While we are at it, I may as well cover the deeper bump outs on the second version.
Excerpt: Every once in a while we get a mid-tower chassis that breaks all of the rules and brings us something new that we rarely see with other typical mid-tower chassis’. When I get a chance to look at these types of ground breaking cases, I start to get a sense of renewed faith for mid-tower chassis designs. Could case manufacturers be making making design changes based on customer feedback?
Conclusion: When it’s all said and done and we look back at all of our testing. There was one major issue that still bothers me. The original Scout had two 140mm fans and one 120mm fan. This time around the Scout 2 only comes with a single 120mm LED fan. Sure it does cool enough to get the job done as well as slightly light up the interior with the red color. I feel like they went backwards when we are seeing two or more fans in cases that are much cheaper than the Scout 2.
Excerpt: The original Scout was one of the most highly regarded gaming cases available when it was first released. Now, Cooler Master has introduced the Scout 2 which is available in both standard and a so-called “Advanced” configuration. These new cases are supposed to improve upon their predecessor’s in nearly every way, bringing the Scout lineup’s feature set in-line with current expectations.