Cooler Master CM 690 II Plus - Back with More Fans

A Familiar Sight - Exterior

A Familiar Sight

On the outset, the new Cooler Master CM 690 II Plus is a familiar sight as it strongly resembles the older CM 690 casing. Similar to its predecessor, the CM 690 II Plus is mishmash of steel, plastic and mostly mesh. In fact, the entire front panel is meshed for optimal ventilation. If you are worried about dust, fret not, because behind each mesh panel is a dust filter. Granted, it's not going to be a foolproof solution, but it's a thoughtful addition and it does help, if only a little.

The CM 690 II Plus comes only in black, and overall, it is not a pretty bad looking casing. It looks slightly more upmarket than the budget casings that we've covered in our previous casing roundup, and it feels extremely solid and sturdy. Ours is the RC-692-KWN1 variant and it comes with a side window panel. The window panel makes the casing look classier, but allows users to only install a single fan as opposed to two on the regular "window-less" version.

Moving along, another thing we noticed about the casing was its considerable weight. Weighing a hefty 9.5kg alone without components installed, it is probably not a good idea for one to place the CM 690 II Plus on a desk.

The front panel is made entirely out of mesh to ensure unrestricted air flow.

This is the front IO panel. From left to right: a button to control the LED fan, eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports flanking the headphones and microphone jacks, reset and power buttons.

Just behind the front IO panel is a special dock for users to place their external hard drives. This is a thoughtful touch.

The top panel can be removed easily to allow users to install an additional exhaust fan at the top.

The large 140mm fan is complemented by soft glowing blue LEDs upfront.

This is the left panel where users have the option to install an additional 80mm fan.

This is the right panel. Our variant of the CM 690 II Plus comes with a side window, which makes the casing look funkier, in our opinion. The downside, however, is that only a single 120/140mm can be installed with the window panel.

  This is the back panel, which has everything you'd expect from a decent gaming-class casing.

The CM 690 II Plus has an advertised "7 +1" expansion slot layout. The extra expansion slot allows you to install additional headers if need be.

The Good
Easy to install
Comprehensive ventilation system
External hard disk dock a nice touch
The Bad
Slightly cramped interior
Some parts difficult to remove

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