Coming in at a penny shy of 100 smackers US, the Scout 2 isn’t cheap, and having to add additional fans to achieve better cooling will drive the price up even further. I would like to see another fan included seeing how even one intake fan made for a nice drop in temperature.
There’s also the issue of the well-intended, but poorly executed StormGuard locking system. This is more of a deterrent than a full-blown anti-theft system, seeing how I could remove the cover from the outside in about 7 seconds, but I knew what I was looking for whereas most thieves probably wouldn’t and may walk on by in favour of an easier target.
Overall, I enjoyed tinkering with the Scout 2. The original Scout was released before I joined the Techgage roster, but I have read the review. Cooler Master has built a very solid follow-up case that should be able to survive multiple trips to LAN parties or wherever you need to go since the build quality is top-notch. In case you’re wondering, that handle won’t break anytime soon either as it’s rock solid.
We all know that looks are subjective, but I like the clean look of the Scout 2 more than the original. The front I/O area is covered and the buttons have been left completely black, making them inconspicuous in order to keep the exterior clean.
All in all, the Scout 2 is a great case that falls short in the cooling department. If Cooler Master decided to throw in another fan like it did with the original Scout, I would have had no problem awarding it an Editor’s Choice award, however, a case in the ~$100 price range should be able to keep such a light system cool.
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