TechSpot: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Case Review

It's been four years since Cooler Master unveiled its "CM Storm" sub-brand, which is now home to a strong lineup of enthusiast-oriented products including keyboards, mice, mouse pads, headsets and, of course, cases. Currently, the CM Storm chassis family includes the Sniper, Scout, Stryker, Enforcer and Trooper -- the last two of which we've found to be a tremendous value, especially the $80 Enforcer.

Updating one of its existing designs, Cooler Master recently launched yet another enthusiast-friendly CM Storm chassis, the Scout 2, which is priced at just $90 -- slightly less than the venerable HAF 922. Despite its relatively low price, the Scout 2 has plenty to offer, including ergonomic steel-reinforced carrying handles, USB 3.0 support and room for up to two SSDs, nine fans and any graphics card around.

Although we reviewed several Cooler Master enclosures in 2012, it's been a year since we laid hands on a new CM Storm-branded case. Even so, that was the CM Storm Trooper, which is a full tower chassis that runs about twice the price of the mid-tower Scout 2 we'll be looking at today, so it'll be interesting to see how Cooler Master's latest offering holds up in the increasingly competitive sub-$100 territory.

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Its not the best design, but for the price you can't really complain. Its a fair review and as I am looking to upgrade my home pc, this could be a case to consider.

A bit fugly, looks like something between a Star Trek and Aliens vs Predator impregnation! Bleurgh! Looks worse than the Ford Ka and FIAT Multipla put together!

looks like they're taking designs from antec. not bad looking. i'd take this over some girly-man android device any day. $90 isnt a bad price either.

It is some what ugly, but as a previous commenter said, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. It looks like it it's very roomy with good airflow. I own the Cosmos II from Coolermaster, which is probably the best case on the market today. All of their cases really set the bar for what a computer case should be. There aren't really many manufacturers that can beat them in build quality.

I still have a 12 year old full steel Jeantech case with full removable motherboard tray/jig and fold down hinged side panels. It is damn solid and has outlasted having 5 complete systems inside it!

It was the Jeantech Butterfly from 2001, there's a review of it on Tom's Hardware except mine has the big crossmembers on either side of the interior and is white and blue. It isn't fugly, but it IS roomy, solid and long lasting!

Edited by Tidosho, Jan 4 2013, 1:33pm :

After reading the complete article I think this is going to be my new case. Really like the room it has inside, and for $90.00 this would a good buy.

Like any other Cooler Master case.

Myself, I love the Fractal Design Define R4. Business on the outside, party on the inside