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OCZ Neutrino Netbook  (Source: OCZ)
Netbook ships with battery, display and other features with buyer adding RAM, storage, and OS

The notebook market has a number of players from Dell and HP to smaller players like Hypersonic and other lesser-known computer firms. With the slow global economy, the netbook has been one of the biggest categories in the computer market.

OCZ has now announced that it is offering its own 10.1-inch netbook under its DIY initiative. The machine is called the Neutrino DIY netbook and offers what you expect from a netbook. The machine runs an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and the Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset.

Graphics for the netbook are integrated Intel 945GSE and the machine has a single 34mm Mini Card slot. Other features of the netbook include a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1.3-megapixel webcam, 4-cell 2200mAh battery, and integrated Wi-Fi.

The machine supports up to 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, 30GB to 250GB SSDs, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, and Windows XP or Linux operating systems. Other OCZ DIY notebooks lacked a CPU, but the Neutrino does include the Atom N270 pre-installed. The other components the buyer will need to add include memory, storage, and OS.

OCZ offers a list of validated components for the machine that ensures compatibility and a set up guide is included to allow new users to build the system without any issues. Integrated connectivity options with the machine include VGA out, RJ-45 Ethernet, dual USB ports, and a single headphone jack. The machine has a pair of 1.5W speakers built-in as well.

OCZ's Alex Mei said in a statement, "There are many consumers that desire the blend of essential functionalities and an ultra compact form factor, and our new Neutrino Do-It-Yourself netbooks based on Intel Atom technology allows users to design and configure their very own solution tailored to their unique needs. The Neutrino DIY netbook puts the control back in the hands of consumers by allowing them to configure a feature rich netbook with their own memory, storage, and preferred OS into a reasonably priced go-anywhere computing solution."

OCZ has not released pricing or availability information at this time. OCZ also offers more robust notebooks under the DIY initiative including a 15.4-inch notebook.

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It's too bad
By Cullinaire on 3/31/2009 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 4
These guys could have really differentiated by adding something that you couldn't get with the rest of the competition at any a better screen.

RE: It's too bad
By aebiv on 3/31/2009 12:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
I agree completely. As much as netbooks tempt me, I've gotten cold feet everytime I use them at the store for awhile.

The 10" screens have helped, but I really need a higher resolution. Can't we have 1200x900 or something of the like?

RE: It's too bad
By eybear on 3/31/2009 1:18:18 PM , Rating: 4
RE: It's too bad
By therealnickdanger on 3/31/2009 2:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
+1 To you, my friend! My only real complaint about netbooks (including my Wind) is the resolution. 720p+ resolution is most welcome! I hope everyone else steps up to meet Dell's challenge.

RE: It's too bad
By aebiv on 3/31/2009 2:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the find!

RE: It's too bad
By mindless1 on 4/4/2009 11:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Outstanding! This is a wake-up call, will push the other manufacturers to up their resolution to stay competitive though personally I'd like same pixel pitch but even higher res. from an 11" dual core Atom netbook, and at least a 6 cell battery.

RE: It's too bad
By Murloc on 3/31/2009 3:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think 1280x768 should be the minimum. In case of 16:10 netbook high-end ones got 1336x768 which is enough imho.

RE: It's too bad
By LorKha on 3/31/2009 12:40:57 PM , Rating: 5
If this system is DIY and the only add-ons are HD/RAM/OS then it's not really DIY...

RE: It's too bad
By cochy on 3/31/2009 1:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I always found OCZ DIY funny that way.

RE: It's too bad
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/31/2009 2:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I always found OCZ DIY funny that way.
AFAIK, this is the ONLY "DIY" that comes with the CPU

RE: It's too bad
By cochy on 3/31/2009 2:56:46 PM , Rating: 3
Yes but as far as I can remember the other systems gave you a small choice of CPUs. Regardless I wouldn't call it DIY, I'd call it what other vendors call similar systems, Barebones.

RE: It's too bad
By sprockkets on 3/31/2009 6:05:31 PM , Rating: 3
Seeing as how you can't BUY an Atom CPU why are you all complaining?

RE: It's too bad
By TomZ on 3/31/2009 7:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably not that hard to buy one, but soldering it is another story!

RE: It's too bad
By lexluthermiester on 3/31/2009 7:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
Or perhaps the dual core Atom? Just a thought...

RE: It's too bad
By Visual on 4/1/2009 4:28:43 AM , Rating: 3
It would be great to see more options, and not only for the screen, too. It would really make it a DIY in some sense, because I don't consider RAM/HDD/OS as anough customization. Those are all parts that you can easily swap with most any other netbook anyway. (Except the odd cases with soldered RAM).

I don't think anyone likes the idea of using his own modules for a laptop anyway. Instead, having more options to chose from, which are adequately priced and available independently instead in some stupid preset combinations (like say, if you want a version with gps you are also stuck with a bunch of other "high-end" features that someone decided should go together) is what can attract most enthusiasts.

I would love to have a choice in screen type, resolution, touch-screen capabilities, tablet mode rotation; with or without built-in camera or fingerprint reader or even a RFID reader as an alternative for security; bluetooth, 3g, wimax, gps modules; even cutting edge tech like wireless usb or usb3; a variant with optical drive like the newest eee; definitely an option for better chipsets, like the nvidia ION or an intel with better gfx or power consumption; cpu options including dual-core models.

If anyone could give all of that, I think they would become a monopoly in this segment overnight ;) Apparently that won't be OCZ, however. Likely, it won't be anybody.

RE: It's too bad
By Penti on 4/1/2009 2:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
There's none making it unfortunately. They can't buy screens that don't exist.

By fishbits on 3/31/2009 1:23:46 PM , Rating: 4
"With the slow global economy, the netbook has been one of the biggest categories in the computer market."
Weren't netbooks doing great before the global economic slowdown? And far more powerful notebooks are available at comparable prices, just without the portability factor that is key to netbook success.

Yes, the global economy is a big story, but you shouldn't just paste mention of it into every story. "With a slow global economy, days are expected to get longer over the next few months." There just might be another cause to the observed phenomenon. That, or just stick with the story at hand. It's often when an article writer decides to inject personal musings without qualifying them as such that things run the risk of needlessly derailing.

RE: linkage
By therealnickdanger on 3/31/2009 2:21:47 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, I love hearing stuff like "in this economy" or "due to economic woes". The reality is that people love cheap stuff! Why do you think Wal-Mart is so popular? Is it only because there are so many "poor" people? Or is it because you can buy everything you need and much of what you want for much lower prices?

Netbooks give people all the power they need to do the things they want for cheap: Facebook and Youtube. LOL

RE: linkage
By grath on 3/31/2009 7:49:08 PM , Rating: 5
Dont forget about free porn, theres much to be said for for free porn, especially considering the slow global economy.

In Good old times...
By rvd2008 on 3/31/2009 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
... DIY computer meant buy parts, make a circuit board, solder it, turn it on and write some code in assembly. Weeks of labor. Nowadays, people say they build a kitchen, which actually means they hired a contractor. DIY computer is when you stick some RAM in and let the system installation do its job while sipping coffee.

RE: In Good old times...
By GodisanAtheist on 3/31/2009 1:17:51 PM , Rating: 1
God its wonderful, isn't it?

RE: In Good old times...
By piroroadkill on 3/31/2009 9:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
I absolutely agree

RE: In Good old times...
By grath on 3/31/2009 7:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately not all of us are Steve Wozniak or Bob Vila. More like Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor when it comes to DIY.

RE: In Good old times...
By mindless1 on 4/4/2009 11:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
Thank goodness for that, building today's systems from scratch would take years, cost a dozen times as much if not more, and be larger than a tower case instead of smaller than a notebook, and still be slow as snot so you couldn't even run Windows 95.

945 chipset
By mattclary on 3/31/2009 4:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
So how long is Intel going to milk this toaster oven? What is taking them so long to release a new chipset???

RE: 945 chipset
By loopandjump on 3/31/2009 10:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping that this DIY kit will have a Nvidia 9300 or similar as an option. I'll get one of these kit if ocz offer those

By h0kiez on 3/31/2009 12:08:37 PM , Rating: 3
but if they can get these to market with a decent price, I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love it, especially since they can throw a Vertex drive or something similar in there, memory is dirt cheap, and of course most people will just steal a copy of Windows.

By CZroe on 4/1/2009 6:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
Because netbook screen size has been defined (limited) primarily by Microsoft refusing to license XP for use on netbooks with larger screens (first, 8.9"; now, 10.1"), that should be the first thing they allow you to change in a DIY netbook. Of course, that would be BEFORE purchasing it, but there are a host of other things they should offer at that same point. It's great that they are giving you more than the standard 3-cell battery, but you should have your choice of batteries with it. Heck, with the real estate added with the larger screen size, I'd love to have HDMI or DVI (more useful than VGA IMO). You should be able to chose between nVidia Ion and Intel platforms. Heck, a larger screen could leave room for that and additional USB ports. The way it is, it seems like it only has two USB ports and, having had frequent use for all three on my Acer Aspire one, I know that is limiting.

From what I can see, I like the keyboard. Acer shifts the arrows down (the key area is not perfectly rectangular) to make room for a non-square shift key, and I resent the others that sacrifice Right Shift for the arrow keys when there is all that space on either side of the touch pad to shift it down into (even just a little). I'm sure they compromised on key size to fit the arrow keys there with a lengthy RSHIFT key but the keyboard could be much improved on a larger screen model.

Another pet-peeve of mine is keyboards where CTRL isn't on the lower left so you can't blindly do CTRL + [KEY] shortcuts. It's especially annoying on my sister's laptop where her ISP loads a search page for invalid DNS requests (FN+ENTER != CTRL+ENTER). Heck, even my Logitech G15 keyboard has be hitting G# keys when hunting for shift. ;)

A second SD card slot like the AAO could be useful too (one for more permanent SSD augmentation, one for moving files around).

Netbooks are fail
By EricMartello on 4/5/2009 9:42:56 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't the point of a netbook to be cheap...essentially a thin client for "cloud apps"? I don't get peoples' fixation with underpowered, cheap computers simply because they got a trendy name like "netbook"... Many of these people then turn around and complain about inadequate specs. People actually UPGRADE netbooks, if you can believe that...why? They convinced themselves "All I wanna do is check my email and use office apps" but being stupid as they are, they fail to realize how much they take for granted, and that most software is designed to run on semi-powerful systems which netbooks are not.

Yeah, they spend $400 on their POS netbook using 3-5 year old tech thinking it has enough power to do what they want, when in reality shelling out an extra $300-$400 for a decent C2D system would have been the smarter way to go. It's better to have too much processing power than not enough. :)

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