Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Review - Exterior



 When I first laid eyes on a whitewashed CM Storm Trooper in Cooler Master's booth at CES, my love for science fiction got me thinking that giving the " Storm Trooper" namesake to a white chassis would be more fitting. As it turns out, the same idea had crossed the minds of the folks at Cooler Master. So to avoid ruffling any feathers in Hollywood, Cooler Master played it safe and christened this whitewashed ATX full tower "Stryker." Naming conventions aside, the Stryker boasts a demanding presence, which is enhanced by a coat of gloss white paint and a generous side window. A closer inspection will reveal some other differences between the two cases, such as the fine black pinstriping down the front panel, but the window and paint job are what really set the Stryker and the Trooper apart. The chassis may be identical in construction, but aesthetically, the Stryker is a whole different animal. For a more in-depth look at what this CM Storm full tower platform has to offer, check out our review of the CM Storm Trooper.





 The subtle differences countinue with the tactile feel of the white finish itself. While parts of the Trooper were covered in a soft-touch rubber coating, the Stryker is finished in slick gloss paint from head to toe. The finish absolutely oozes quality, making accidental nicks and scratches feel like a crime. The tower offers a clean look out of the box and should continue to do after some time. Afterall, it's far harder to spot dust buildup on a gloss white surface compared to the Trooper's matte black skin. The signature carrying handle is still satisfyingly grippy and sturdy. It is the only area of the case that is covered by black rubber. Missing in action is the front SATA port featured on the Trooper. The loss of this I/O may be missed by some, but I must admit that it does make for a cleaner look. It is rather annoying to see an empty button outline whre that port used to reside, but I'm just nitpicking at this point. The Stryker sports the same fantastic array of buttons as the Trooper, consisting of fan speed +/- and fan LED switches crowned by a massive backlit power button. Aside from the previously mentioned black pinstriping that runs alongside the 5.25" bays and concludes at the cover for the Stryker's secret toolbox, everything else about the Stryker's general appearance is unchanged. As is expected, the left side panel mirrors the topography of the right one, resulting in more room for cables compared to the lower profile bulges on the Trooper.  



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# iFLAME 2012-08-06 13:42
Great review and detailed analysis Brandon, keep up the good works. :-) Would you consider the Stryker much more prone to wear and tears than Trooper? The glossy paint-job should be a scratch-magnet, am I right? Regards.
+1 # Brandon Carey 2012-08-07 09:07
Thanks for the comment! The gloss white paint on the Stryker seems rather thick, especially on the side panels, and shouldn't scratch very easily. I did notice a few areas where the paint has rubbed off like around the screw holes and clips for the side panels. But these blemishes are unnoticeable when the case is fully assembled. The plastic bits on top seem much more prone to scratching compared to the rest of the case, but I wouldn't say it's any worse than the Trooper's soft touch rubber coating. The side window is another spot to watch out for. As long as you're careful when moving the case around and aren't banging it into walls, you should be fine. Given that it doesn't show dust very easily, I think the Stryker is far nicer to look at day to day compared to the Trooper. Hope this helps!

# iFLAME 2012-08-15 18:37
Thanks for the info :)