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OCZ branches out to include notebooks under its growing umbrella.

While most people know OCZ Technology as a memory company, it has recently branched out into many sector of the computing market. OCZ's portfolio has now expanded to include video cards, power supplies, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSDs).

OCZ hopes to branch out even further with the announcement of a new do-it-yourself (DIY) gaming notebook. End-users will be able to purchase the DIY notebook barebones and add components to the machine to build an entire system. OCZ venders, however, will be able to spec the notebooks however they see fit.

Each notebook comes from OCZ standard with a 15.4" WXGA display, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512MB GPU, Intel PM965 northbridge/ICH8M southbridge, SATA support for HDDs or SSDs, 8x dual-layer DVD burner, four USB 2.0 ports, ExpressCard 34/54 slot, and a fingerprint reader. Optional components will include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a TV tuner, and a Intel 4965AGN 802.11a/g/n wireless adapter.

OCZ's DIY gaming notebook is no lightweight, however, and weighs in at hefty 7 pounds with a 9-cell battery pack. External dimensions for the machine ring in at 14.25" x 11.25" x 1.5".

"For years consumers have wanted to build their own mobile computing platforms, but the product offerings and market simply did not serve them as they did in the desktop do it yourself segment," said OCZ Systems Solutions Product Manager Eugene Chang. "With the OCZ Do-It-Yourself Notebook initiative, OCZ empowers with the resources like validated component guides, documentation, tech support, and a warranty to allow consumers to configure and build a true gaming notebook with the exact specification that matches their unique requirements."

OCZ also plans to go above and beyond the call of duty by offering validated components in the system, toll-free support, and detailed instructions on how to complete a new system build.

Pricing has not been announced for OCZ's DIY gaming notebook, but will be revealed when the system and its siblings arrive later this year.

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RE: Barebone notebooks, anyone?
By azander on 5/13/2008 8:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
Hi vivg, Appreciate the post. Let me answer with “yes and yes,” but we believe there hasn’t been enough done for consumers in regards to “barebones” in terms of resources and support. This is also just the first of a number of units, and I can tell you that in the very near future (upcoming event) we will announce the next addition to our DIY notebooks, and we built this one from the ground up with the platform supplier. I can’t say anything about platform specifics, only that it can’t be released just yet.

This first unit is just laying the groundwork with a proven quality shell, one we have had time to fully validate and build component qual lists for. We are also in the process of stepping up the documentation and resources for this and the upcoming units. While this is the launch of our DIY initiative, the real exciting stuff is coming when I can announce our advanced design.

RE: Barebone notebooks, anyone?
By vivg on 5/13/2008 9:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
Support is definitely a valid point - support for barebones machines is nearly nonexistant at the manufacturer level (Asus doesn't even keep a current list of barebones machines on their site anymore) and its quite spotty and inconsistent on the reseller level. I think that is probably going to be the biggest step forward with the OCZ launch, though the credibility and publicity that the OCZ name brings to the barebone market is sure to get more people to look at barebone notebooks as viable solutions.

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