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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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Notebook Displays
By JPForums on 5/14/2008 9:36:35 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, Azander, do you happen to know when good notebook displays will be coming around. Industry wide, notebook displays have been sub-par. They don't get anywhere close to the full color gamut and thus aren't as useful for graphics related uses. Their response times are also lagging compared to their desktop brethren, which are passable, but could still use improvement themselves.

Given that the gaming end of the spectrum is where you are starting, it would be nice to see display manufacturers started improving response times in the notebook arena. This has been a real sticking point for me as far as gaming notebooks are concerned.

On a similar note, do you think OCZ would consider designing a removable display panel and creating an open standard for it and its connection? I realize this would be a distant future type project, but it would certainly spark innovation in notebook displays. You'd have to get together with some of the major display manufacturers to make sure their is enough support for the standard, but it would be a huge step forward IMO.

RE: Notebook Displays
By azander on 5/14/2008 3:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hi JPForums, thanks for the comments, I agree with you in regards to screens with better contrast and refresh rates. We are addressing this as well. In fact I think that the push needs to be for higher quality over simply increasing resolution. We are somewhat at the mercy of the panel manufacturers when it comes to innovation, but we are proceeding to spec products at the high end of the spectrum. When it comes to higher end notebooks, especially in the 17” space we believe customers are more concerned about quality, especially in a panel.

Your second point is actually something that our CEO brought up early on when we discussed a real “modular” solution. We think that even if there is not an industry adopted standard there is a way to mechanically make this a reality with current panels. The key is doing it in such a way that does not result in a premium for manufacturing, something durable enough to look and feel fully integrated and yet be easy to service, and reach the scale when we could stock and service these units on the fly. I can’t promise anything but we are looking at this. Great feedback JPForums.

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