OCZ Technology Neutrino Netbook Review

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OCZ Technology Neutrino "DIY Netbook"
Specifications and Features
From the folks at OCZ about their new barebones netbook:

"Based on the Intel Atom processor, the 10.1” Neutrino was developed to push the envelope in the growing area of netbooks as the first DIY offering. Proving that good things come in small packages, the Neutrino provides all the day-to-day file viewing and web-surfing needs for on-the-go traveling, education, office or home use. Equipped with a built-in camera and microphone, Neutrino will expand your horizons through communications between family, friends, and colleagues. Because you are buying the DIY notebook kit before the hardware is marked up and a tech assembles it, the savings are passed down to you. Additionally, you won't need to replace your entire laptop or void your warranty to upgrade your RAM, or increase your hard drive storage capacity." -OCZ Technology

  • Intel Atom N270 Processor @ 1.60GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 533MHz FSB
  • One (1) SODIMM socket for up to 2GB of DDR2-667 Memory [none included]
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit WSVGA LCD (1024 x 600 resolution); Matte/Anti-Glare panel
  • Intel Mobile 945GSE Chipset
  • Supports up to 2.5” 250GB Hard Disk Drive at 5400 RPM or a 2.5" SSD [none included]
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • 1 PCI-Express Slot(for 34mm Mini Card)
  • Built-in 1.3MP Digital Video Camera with built-in Microphone
  • Open slot for 4-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS-Pro) [none included]
  • VGA Output (supports resolution up to UXGA (1600 x 1200)
  • USB 2.0 (x2) ports
  • RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000)
  • Headphone / Mic Input Jacks
  • 2 High Quality Speakers (1.5W)
  • 83 Keys with inverted-T cursor keys, Windows Hotkeys
  • Integrated Trackpad / buttons
  • Kensington security lock slot
  • 2.86 Pounds (with Battery Installed)
  • 4 Cell 2200mAh Removable Smart Li-ion Battery Pack
  • No operating system included
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 and gOS/Ubuntu Linux
  • Color Options: Black
  • Warranty: 1 year Notebook / 1 year LCD and Battery

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As you'll notice in the specifications above, the Neutrino is a relatively vanilla netbook in most regards. It features the common 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, includes just a single SODIMM slot, rather weak integrated graphics and a standard fare WSVGA 10.1" LCD. The 2GB SODIMM and OCZ Apex SSD were installed by us, but are not included at the bottom-end $269 price point.

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The machine itself is encased in glossy black, and all of the inside area (around the keyboard and LCD) is black. Classic, classy and simple styling all the way around.

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The bottom showcases the six main screws that OCZ Technology encourages you to remove -- don't worry, it won't void your warranty. It also includes a pictorial guide for installing your hard drive and RAM, which turned out to be a cinch. The small flap on the bottom-left/center is actually for a SIM card. We weren't able to test out whether or not this machine could handle AT&T or T-Mobile 3G, but we suspect the hardcore modders could whip something up to make this machine one that's WWAN-capable. Fair warning: you'll need an eyeglass repair kit or a specialized set of screwdrivers with incredibly small heads in order to open this rig up. And no, OCZ doesn't include this.

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