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Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced Review

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The original Scout was one of the most highly regarded gaming cases available when it was first released. Now, Cooler Master has introduced the Scout 2 which is available in both standard and a so-called “Advanced” configuration. These new cases are supposed to improve upon their predecessor’s in nearly every way, bringing the Scout lineup’s feature set in-line with current expectations.

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The actual differences between the Scout 2 and Scout 2 Advanced may not be abundantly apparent by looking at simple product images but there are some interesting additions to the more expensive version. The Advanced is available in a stunning Ghost White finish which uses a special polymer-based paint for enhanced durability and houses more 2.5” drive converters.

One of the Scout II Advanced’s largest selling points is its price. At just $109 for the white version and $99 for the black, this isn’t one of the most affordable mid-towers on the market but for the number of features being offered, it represents a great value.


In most ways, this new version of the Scout retains the original’s iconic looks by incorporating a reinforced carrying handle and vast expanses of dust-filtering mesh for optimal airflow. Cooler Master also seems to have found an excellent balance between visibility into the case through a side window and potential fan mounting locations.

In order to further enhance the LAN-centric capabilities of the Scout II, Cooler Master has also incorporated their Storm Guard peripheral locking mechanism. This secures mouse and keyboard cords to the case, ensuring they don’t get stolen during a LAN party.


The Storm 2’s interior is decked out in a classic black finish and features more than enough space for today’s largest graphics cards. Cooler Master has also included the usual tool-less drive mounts, removable hard drive cages, plenty of cable routing options and additional internal fan mounts.

Does all of this lead to a great case? Find out in our video review above.
 
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