Right from first look you can see hints of the original Scout right away with the top handle design and the side panel. The Scout 2 design is fresh and new while still looking like the Scout we all loved. Even with the new design, I have no doubt that everyone will know exactly what this is when they see one at the next big LAN.  

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One of the main changes from the original Scout is the front I/O panel and the power buttons. As you can see all of the Scout 2’s two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports as well as the headphone and microphone ports are all hidden under a sliding door panel. Above the sliding door are three buttons. You have a lighting switch, reset button, and a power button in the center.

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One of the best and most prominent features of the scout, much like the original, is its built in handle. This time around they went with a slightly different design, moving the handle back in relation to the side handles. The Scout 2’s middle handle is covered in rubber as well making it nice and comfortable to carry and harder to accidently drop.

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The side panel of the Scout 2 has a half window above two fan mounts. The window itself is smoked to give it the dark styling to go with the fully blacked out case. The location of the two fan mounts is perfect if you are looking for a way to push cool air right on top of your video cards as well.

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Around on the back of the case we have a 120mm fan just above the real I/O panel and then two water cooling holes. As you can see for some reason ours was missing one of the grommets, I dug through the entire box without any luck on finding it. Down lower you can see the bottom mounted power supply and the Scout 2’s 7 PCI slots as well as the 8th slot above the others that will let you lock your USB cords down at LAN’s or can also be a great location for fan controllers.

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The front of the Scout to is completely changed but still somehow keeps the same clean look of the original. You have the cases three 5.25 inch bays, but they blend right into the cases full mesh front keeping with the all black and all clean look. Near the bottom you do have the one Storm logo that breaks up the mesh to remind you what you are looking at though.

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Last we have the bottom of the case where you can see the two 120mm vents. The vent on the left is for the power supply intake. That specific intake comes with a removable mesh filter. The second fan mount has the mounting for another mesh filter if you need it, although the case doesn’t come with an extra filter. While we are looking at the bottom you can see the screw mounted rubber and spun aluminum feet. Being mounted by a screw is important because some cases come with small rubber feet that sometimes will come off when moving your case around. This also means that the Scout 2 will support aftermarket feet without any modifications as well if you decide to change the look in the future.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #28103 25 Sep 2012 13:22
Cooler Master introduced their redesigned Scout 2 this morning :)
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Twodavez replied the topic: #28104 25 Sep 2012 16:13
I love the original and if i feel the itch to upgrade in the future, this looks like a really good option for me. the HANDLE is amazing allowing me to carry my entire PC in one trip to and from LAN parties! Plus the case is small and compact and since they moved the two window fans to the bottom of the sid panel, you'll be able to use them both. Currently they are in a vertical line causing the top slot to be in direct competition for space with any standard video card.
Good review! Hope i win one at the next LAN :-P

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