Looking at the CM Storm Scout 2 nothing really jumps out to me, but with that said I do like this case. It would be a case I would recommend to anyone looking for a case in this price range especially a gamer who would be taking their machine to LAN parties. Again I did not review the original Scout so I cannot compare it here, but here are some of the things I did like about this case.
For the gamer the Scout 2 has a carrying handle on it! This is going to make traveling to LAN parties that much easier. The handle is pretty heavy duty and has a rubber coating on it. This means if you have to carry it for a distance it is going to be comfortable. Another great thing for gamers out there is that you can remove the top hard drive cage to support really long video cards.
The Scout 2 has room for three optical drives and up to 7 hard drives. That should be more than enough room for most people. I really like the hidden compartment on the front that houses all of your connections. This keeps the front of the case nice and clean. Cooler Master has included 4 USB ports (2x USB 3.0 / 2x USB 2.0) on the front of the case. This is great for LAN parties so you can plug in your keyboard, mouse and headset at the front of the case.
I was really surprised at how easy installation was on this case. I did not run into a single issue during installation. Both the tool-less systems on the hard drives and optical drives worked perfectly. There is quite a lot of room behind the motherboard tray to route all of your cables and Cooler Master does include zip ties to keep everything neat.
The only real downfall of this case is in its cooling. There is only a single 120mm exhaust fan included, which is pretty weak. I would have liked to see at least an intake fan as well. There is quite a lot of room to expand on cooling inside the case, but of course that adds to the total cost of your system.
Right now you can pick up the Scout 2 at my favorite online retailer for $99.99 at my favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the CM Storm Scout 2 Case a 8 out of 10 score.
- Heavy duty carrying handle
- Room for up to 7 hard drives
- Support for long video cards
- Side panel window
- Easy installation
- Only a single 120mm fan included