CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced Review
Published: 7th May 2013 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: £79.99 |
Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof
The CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced keeps much of the styling cues of the original Scout model and of course the most recent Scout 2, with the appearance of the case being dominated by the large top handle. The Scout 2 Advanced has been available in Black for a little while now but here we're taking a look at the bang up to date Gun Metal version. The colour match between the metal and plastic sections is good with the overall quality of the coating being as we would expect from Cooler Master.
The front of the case is defined by a large expanse of black mesh split into two sections delineating the 5.25" bays and the cooling intake areas. Each of the side panels sport distinctive power bulges, with the left hand panel split between an irregular shaped window and mesh areas for 2x120mm fans, should you feel the need to lavish more air on the GPU area of the motherboard.
The front I/O is hidden under a sliding flap, and while not perhaps the smooooothest motion in the world the flap is neither flimsy or stiff. Underneath we discover the usual audio headers as well as a pair each of USB2 and USB3. Between the front I/O and the roof mesh area lies a row of switches, these control power, reset, and also toggle the LED function of attached compatible fans.
The carry handle is sturdy in the extreme, with an examination under the covers detailing that a steel support strut is bolted to the chassis itself. Under the handle and nestled between the ventral strakes is a large roof ventilation area with Gun Metal hex pattern plastic picking out black mesh underneath.
This mesh panel is removable in its entirety revealing the mounting holes for 120mm fans. If you look real close you'll see the holes are actually slightly oval. Bad manufacturing perhaps but we think may in fact be a design element enabling easier seating of screws.