OCZ Technology's Neutrino is an interesting beast from a design standpoint. On one hand, the all-black motif is classy and should serve folks well when not trying to draw attention. On the other, the glossy black lid turns ugly after a few minutes of fingerprint planting, and we can't help but feel a touch bored by the overall styling. One thing is for sure: the Neutrino's design is best described as "plain and toned down." Whether or not that's a perk or a negative is totally subjective, but we would've appreciated a bit more color to spice things up.
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As for build quality, the Neutrino is perfectly satisfactory. The machine is solid, rigid and sturdy for the most part. The plastic lid (on the LCD) could stand to be reinforced a bit more, but the bottom casing is certainly rugged enough to handle most excursions. Click Any To Enlarge
Yet again, "plain" pops to mind when surveying the sides and port assortment. The front panel includes a five pack of status LEDs along with 3.5mm audio in / out ports. The right side includes a gaping hole for a multi-format card reader (not included), a single USB 2.0 port, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack and an AC power input. Click To Enlarge
Around back, there's a Kensington lock slot on the far left and a VGA output on the far right. Spinning around to the left side, you'll find a single USB 2.0 port, a ventilation port and an ExpressCard slot. With all the extra space, we can't help but yearn for a few more USB sockets and an HDMI out (along with a more robust GPU). Click Any To Enlarge