|CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming PC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Monday, 01 October 2012|
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Scout 2 Final Thoughts
When you possess an icon, even a minor one, there are certain responsibilities that convey with the title. You must protect it from a broad array of threats. You must assure its future. You must not compare it with another. You must use it to serve a higher purpose. If you think I'm talking about religious artwork, you're wrong. Ordinary items can become icons, or archetypes, if you prefer. The Vise Grip, WD-40, Duct Tape, the VW Beetle, the Model 1911, are all iconic products of the 20th century, and the stewards of each one of them felt all of the pressures I outlined above. So too, must the product managers within Cooler Master have felt, when faced with the need to replace the CM Storm Scout in the product line. What to do?
Here's what I think they did, and any Cooler Master employees can start chuckling as I fall off-thread. The Product Managers sat in a big conference room and said to each other, "We've got it made. All we have to do is take the current design down to Engineering and tell them to make it better. Tell them we weren't entirely happy with the first design, and we want them to do better this time. We've got a list of customer feedback on what they liked and didn't like, so we can offer some constructive guidance, but ultimately we have the power of guilt on our side. Nobody is 100% happy with their work, just as soon as there's no more opportunity to work on it. We always feel that we could have done better, if only..... So let's get the designers in a room and tell them to go back to their cubicles and 'Win one for the Gipper.'
OK, so it's a poor movie script! You probably think Ayn Rand can do better. But the fact is, somebody somewhere had to be yelling into a megaphone - "Better! Better! BETTER!" Because that's exactly what we got, a better Scout. I can't think of any way that the Scout 2 isn't as good as the original. Everywhere I look it's still a true Scout, but it's better.
If you want to complain about the lack of fans supplied with this version, I'll argue all day long that the flexibility of nine 120mm fan locations trumps a couple of proprietary 140mm fans that you can't really upgrade. High-end graphics cards sport about a dozen different fan and heatsink configurations these days, and if you double up in SLI or CrossFireX there's another huge wrinkle on what constitutes good airflow. If I change my video card, I don't really want to change my case too, just to deal with the new cooling arrangement. With the Scout 2, I can just change my fan configuration, and I'm back at 100% for GPU cooling. Then, tell me that the gaming crowd isn't particular about what fans they use. I know Cooler Master makes some good ones, but we all have our own personal favorites, don't we? So I'm going to flip your negative to a positive, if you don't mind.
Let's leave Product Development Fantasy Land now, and look at the CM Storm Scout 2 in a more objective way. The next section will examine Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality, and Value in a more structured format, and I'll offer my final conclusions.