The Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition Mid Tower Case
The Sniper logo is a bold accent to the well ventilated front, black, ABS plastic panel. This panel consists of five removable vented covers for the drive bay half. The bottom houses a 200mm fan behind it, and this mesh area is a removable dust filter that doesn't require the whole front to come off to clean it.
Covering the top is a black, ABS plastic cover that houses the two handles. As we move down, the bumped out style of the door has most of the said bumps cut out and replaced with mesh. This makes the 200mm door fan breathe better and when the lights are down, gives a good look inside the chassis as well. The bottom of the chassis has a matching plastic panel at the top, so it gives the Sniper a "total" finished look.
From the top, the rear of the Sniper consists of two grommets in holes for water tubing to pass through just above the rear 120mm exhaust fan. To the left of the fan is the rear I/O, just above the seven plus one expansion slots. The "plus one" has a cover that is used to wind a mouse cable, but can be swapped out for a fan controller as well. This leaves us with the rather large hole for the PSU at the bottom. There are a couple of knock-outs here, too. You can use them for tubing passages as well.
The opposing side has the bump style door to leave plenty of room behind it for wiring. I do find the Storm logo to be a nice little touch, as most manufacturers assume you will never see the back side of the chassis in normal use. Being driven to gamers, this chassis is designed with LANs in mind, and we all know there isn't any place to hide things on a table with competitors on both sides of you.
The top of the Sniper is where all the controls are, but I will get to all of them next. I wanted to show off the vented top that has large openings at either end to allow you to slide your hands in and securely carry the Sniper from the car to the table, or back to your desk.
The rather large power button is easy to feel for, but the tiny reset button is hard to use at best. The dial to the right gives you fan speed control, while the button inside of the dial allows the LED's to turn off and on. The whole right half houses an e-SATA connection next to the microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks. Last of the top row are the HDD activity and system power LEDs. The second row consists of four USB 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1399 (FireWire) port.