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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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More Azander's, please
By Ringold on 5/14/2008 1:10:20 AM , Rating: 4
Less marketing claims of 1337% performance increases, and more guys like Azander going to community websites and delivering what were clearly not entirely pre-scripted answers. My gosh, it looked like he actually researched issues before answering! :)

I've got no particular comment on this DIY laptop setup except that I'm interested (other people already asked the questions I would), but I just thought that it would be nice if AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Corsair and others did this sort of thing. At least because of Azander, I know someone at OCZ is listening. It's not the first time I've seen a rep in a community forum, but it's much too rare. Next time I'm looking for a part, and there's an OCZ part and another name brand part with similar specs and similar prices, it'll be OCZ that gets my nod. Good behavior, IMHO, must be rewarded.

In case this all sounds biased, no, I'm not on the OCZ take, I'm just genuinely pleased at community interaction.

RE: More Azander's, please
By Sunrise089 on 5/14/2008 2:29:15 AM , Rating: 1

I agree in my post above.

RE: More Azander's, please
By AlphaVirus on 5/14/2008 11:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
I have never purchased OCZ products before, I have always been interested but just never got around to it. I must say knowing they have employees that care enough to sign-up to a tech website is a great thing.

However, Azander if you read this post, just know you are helping OCZ. I am not rich, by far, but I will begin to purchase from OCZ to support a company that supports the people.

RE: More Azander's, please
By azander on 5/14/2008 1:20:09 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks Ringold, Sunrise, AlphaVirus, it’s a pleasure to be in here with you guys. Honestly I view this as a resource for OCZ, one where we are getting direct feedback, and either positive or negative I value it all because it gives us better insight into what customers and consumers really want to see. Thanks for the kind words and valuable comments.

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