Cooler Master CM Storm EnforcerThe Storm Enforcer also resides in the sub-$100 territory -- though it's not quite as cheap as the Shinobi. Cooler Master is offering just one version of the Enforcer for $90, which is constructed from a combination of steel, plastic and mesh, and features an interior paint job along with a case window to enjoy it.
We're not sure how to describe the Enforcer's design -- it's clean yet aggressive, kind of like the HAF X. We can also say that despite using different materials, it all comes together in a cohesive design. Cooler Master has blended the steel and plastic together as car manufacturers do, so that you can't really tell what's what. Frankly, it doesn't seem like they knew how to explain the look either, claiming that it "changes everything with its speed, stealth and guile." We'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Being a mid-tower, the Enforcer measures 523mm long, 484mm tall and 229mm wide, making it slightly bigger than the Shinobi. It's also slightly heavier at a manageable 19.5lb (8.9kg).
From the front perspective, the Enforcer's façade is reminiscent of the helmet worn by Issac Clarke of Dead Space. Naturally, this sculpted look won't appeal to everyone, but we dig it. We also like how the door opens to the right rather than the left like most cases, including the BitFenix Colossus. Assuming you have the case on the right of your desk so you can peer in the window, a left-swinging door would obstruct access to your optical drives, whereas having it open to the right offers a clear path to reach in.
The ridges below the door are separated with a mesh panel to draw in cool air. The Enforcer's I/O panel is seated on an angle above the ODD bays with a pair of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, as well as the standard audio jacks. Directly below the I/O panel is a large power button which blends into the design nicely.
Behind the I/O panel on top of the case is a small indented shelf for hardware such as an external hard drive or cell phone. Further back is a massive fan grill.