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.