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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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By azander on 5/14/2008 2:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Jon1003, you are correct but I do think that there needs to be more support resources for a DIY notebook to be successful. In the upcoming units you will see additional features that are designed for modular upgradability, so an actual product that is designed with the DIY customer in mind, not just the major integrators.


By jon1003 on 5/15/2008 1:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
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I do think that there needs to be more support resources for a DIY notebook to be successful
I definitely agree with you there, for diy to be successful in the mainstream. I was a risk taker though, and found the perfect setup customizing my own, and I felt I was getting my money's worth even building my own compared to all the other offerings from smaller boutique sys integrators (that did offer the support you speak of for the product, but at a small premium that super price conscious consumers just don't want to pay for) or Dell at the time. Really I just had the faith in Asus to make a good product, reviews of it on notebookforums, and warranties on the components, but that was enough for me, and the notebook is still working 4 years later with heavy daily usage. But for DIY to go mainstream, it needs mainstream marketing from a company like ocz or others that are already recognized and out there in the marketplace.


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