Closer look internally
For you gamers that are not into very tall or heavy cases you will be glad to hear that the Scout is a full two inches shorter than the Sniper at 19.5 inches tall. And when it comes to weight the Scout is four pounds lighter. To some these measurements may not be a lot but when it comes down to carrying a full featured rig around town to different parties that little weight helps. And just like the Sniper the Scout is only available in black.
As usual we will begin our look at the Scout from the front. The Scout does not have the aggressive front like the one used by the Sniper. But rather a more subtle all mesh facial. The bezel of the Scout is made from plastic while the middle mesh area is all metal. Integrated into the front facial are a total of five external 5.25 inch bays. We see no 3.5″ as of now but I am sure that is an adapter plate seating behind one of the larger bays. And looking at the Scout from a straight on view we see that the sides of the case does not expand outwards like that of the Sniper. Making for a slimmer case.
Sitting just above the mesh front is a the control panel of the Scout. Here we have the off/on as well as the reset switch. For input there are four USB, one eSATA and typical audio jacks. But instead of the large knob to control the fans and lights the scout uses a ‘stealth panel’ to serve this purpose.
At the top of the Scout we have a reinforced plastic I-beam handle that is used to carry the rig to its next destination. The look of the Scout takes a small detour here from a more subtle looking case to something more functional. Honestly, I don’t know if I think the handles really go with the flow of the case so I will leave that up to the individual consumer to decide. Sitting just under the handles is a single 14cm fan opening. We will take a longer look at that later.
The only side panel with any real interest is the left windowed panel. Gone is the symmetrical window that we see on a lot of cases. Now we have a more decored window which shows off more of the motherboard and surrounding components and not the drive cage as much. Coolermaster designed the side panel to accommodate two 120mm cooling fans which are not included in the package. Here we also get another look at the handles of the Scout. From this view we see that they fit more with the side styling than the front or top.
Here from the rear we see evidence that the Scout is a bottom mount power supply casing. Included is a rear 120 red LED cooling fan. Gone is the opening used to route water-cooling tubes through the rear of the case. And just like the Sniper Coolermaster included the StormGuard feature that allows you to route the cabling of your peripheral through to keep from being a victim of theft.