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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.

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