Introduction (Cont’d)

One of the highlights of this case is the big handle available on its top part. This allows you to easily transport your computer, making it a good choice if you like to play in LAN parties. A 140 mm fan is located on the case’s top part (no information on its speed was provided).

Cooler Master CM Storm ScoutFigure 5: Top panel.

On the top part of the case there is a panel containing the power and reset buttons plus four USB ports, one eSATA port, one on/off switch for the fan LEDs and the usual mic in and headphones out jacks. As you can see in Figure 6, the USB ports are vertically oriented and not horizontally oriented as usual. This simple modification allows enough space between the ports for you to install four “fat” USB devices at the same time. The eSATA port is also a must on a case targeted to high-end users.

Cooler Master CM Storm ScoutFigure 6: Available connectors.

The rear panel from Scout can be seen in Figure 7. What immediately caught our eye was the fact that the rear panel is black, not gray. As you can see on this case the power supply is installed on the bottom part of the case, not on the top as usual. Scout features a 120 mm fan on the rear part of the case with LEDs also controlled by the on/off switch available on the front panel (Figure 6). As it happens with the other fans, Cooler Master doesn’t say anything about its speed and it uses a regular peripheral power plug, so you can’t monitor its speed through your motherboard. There are seven expansion slots with a mesh on the area above them, which is good to improve the case internal airflow.

Cooler Master CM Storm ScoutFigure 7: Rear panel.

If you pay close attention to Figure 7 you will see that the bottom slot cover has an unusual design. This cover works as a cable holder for your keyboard and mouse, as illustrated in Figure 8.

Cooler Master CM Storm ScoutFigure 8: Slot cover works as a cable holder.

Now let’s take a look inside Scout.


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