We feel that Cooler Master did a great job with the new design of the CM Storm Scout II. From an exterior stand-point, the elegant rounded design makes this chassis stand out. The carry handle is also a notable item that makes this chassis a one of a kind for portability. The additional features of removable filters make keeping this chassis clean much easier. Our impression of the interior is that Cooler Master took customer’s concerns with the first CM Storm Scout and made it much easier to use. It is now well thought out, and has great cable management features. The Scout II also allowed for full size hardware to be installed without the typical problems that we’ve seen in other chassis of its class.
Our gripes about the case were relatively minor. The Chassis only included one fan at the rear, but with the ability to take 9 x 120mm fans, we feel Cooler Master should have included a few more fans. However, for folks who were planning to replace all the stock fans with some better ones, at least this won’t be an issue. Also, it looks like those with large water-cooler setups might encounter some minor spacing issues, but it may not be a huge problem for most.
When comparing the Scout II chassis to the original release of the Scout I, Cooler Master did a great job introducing updated features. This goes without saying that if you are looking to upgrade from the Scout 1 to the Scout II its a no-brainer. At the time of our review we did not find the Scout II listed at any retailers so actual pricing is TBD at this time. However, we have seen report of this chassis starting at $99.99. (Editor’s note: Our contacts at Cooler Master got back with us after the review was finished, and confirmed that the MSRP will be $99.99.) At this price range we feel the Scout II comes with a great performance per value and its price is “just right” within its class. The versatility and portability is what draws our attention here.
Our overall experience and impression of this chassis add up to a PureOC Good Hardware award. We are looking forward to seeing what PC modders/builders can do with this chassis. The Storm Scout II will be available at retailers soon in both black and gunmetal colors. Here are a couple of links where you can grab yours when they become available: