Earlier this year Cooler Master unveiled the Storm Sniper case, and today the firm introduced the second chassis in the Storm series; the Scout. The CM Storm Scout is a steel case with an all-black interior, reinforced top handles, tool-free design, extended I/O panel with light control, a motherboard plate cutout to speed up CPU cooler replacements, and various other features:
The Scout has been built around a solid steel body, and comes equipped with a 140mm front intake fan, as well as 140mm top and 120mm rear exhaust fans, providing an accurate airflow to efficiently manage the heat from your gaming hardware. The aggressive window side panel, with its dark automotive tint, provides mounting locations for yet another 2 x 120mm fans to deal with thermal hotspots from overclocked CPUs and GPUs.
The Scout has been fortified even further with the patented StormGuard™ accessory; this unique and widely acclaimed security solution from the CM Storm Labs consists of a specially designed PCI-bracket located at the rear of the chassis body. By locking your peripherals and side panel firmly in place, Storm Tactics and the StormGuard will protect your PC and gaming gear from thieves and other thuggish individuals whenever you are AFK. Never again return to your seat at a LAN-party, only to find that some villain has grabbed your gaming mouse and headset, or even worse, your entire system.
The most attention-grabbing feature of the Scout is found right on the top of the chassis. These sturdy, reinforced carrying handles make mobilization and relocation to your next LAN-party an extremely easy task. Moving to the front of the Scout, the I/O panel offers not only extensive connectivity through eSATA, FireWire, HD Audio and a whopping four USB2.0 ports, but it also sports an integrated LED-switch, letting you decide exactly when to show off the red lights and the menacing all black interior, and when to go into stealth mode and chill out in the dark with your favorite movies.
If that’s not enough, the Scout’s internal layout provides great options for expansion and upgrades with 5 x 3.5” and 4 x 5.25” drive bays, as well as providing support for 1.8” or 2.5” Solid State Disks. Looking closer at the internal layout, the Scout includes plenty of cable management options, and also supports bottom mounted PSUs, giving the whole chassis a low center of gravity to bring further stability to your PC. Additionally, the motherboard tray has a large cut-out area for easy access to CPU-cooler retention plates, making switching between coolers a breeze.