Besides looks features is another tough and rough area to conquer and keep the price decent. The integrated fan LED controller, one/two hand carrying handle and the solid black interior are just a couple of options that users will like for the $100 asking price of the Scout. The Scout does offer some cable management features as well but due to the shorter narrower design there isn’t a lot of outlets for cables to exit to the rear of the case. This may not be a large deal breaker due to the fact this is more of a LAN case and I don’t see many having to buckling down too many cables because of the lack of components they may use in the case.
When Coolermaster decided to explore in another territory with the Storm lineup, they introduced to us just one case. The Sniper. It was received with some very favorable reviews. The looks and styling had gamer written all over it. It was one case that had a love it or hate it look to it. I for one like the functionality of the Sniper. The big black button on the top allowed you to control all the fans’ speeds and even shut down the glow that came from the fans. The ventilation within the Sniper was ideal for anyone running large graphic cards as well as a large number of drives. But we can not have a new lineup with just one case. So enter the next case from Storm.
Keeping in line with the whole military name theme Coolermaster has generously sent us over the Scout. The Scout has the same rugged looks as the Sniper has but a feature or two was left out of the Scout while a feature or two was added to the Scout that is not part of the Sniper. One feature that many LAN goers will enjoy are the two large carry handles that grace the top of the case. Gone is the large knob fan controller replacing it is a stealth panel that does the same thing. We are starting to like the Scout even before we take it out the box. But we will make the final conclusion on the case at the end of the review. So read on.
CM Storm on the Scout
CM Storm deploys Scout, the True LAN Gaming Chassis. Mobility, security and 20 years of advanced technology converge in one rugged portable mid-tower chassis. Every Scout is engineered with Storm Tactics: a dedicated focus on Strength, Security and Control. The Scout blends into the darkness with a menacing all black interior showcasing your internal hardware.
An automotive tinted side window with dual fan exhaust brings efficient cooling with subtle transparency. A single button triggers stealth mode deactivating cooling fan LEDs. This covert outlook is complimented by innovative internal designs allowing swapping CPU coolers without motherboard removal. Inside, intelligent cable management maximizes space while supporting internal 2.5″ and 1.8″ SSD bays. On top, a rugged, steel reinforced handle allows the Scout to be easily wielded in a single hand.