On March 30, 2009, OCZ Technology unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution for consumers looking to save a buck and do some sweat equity themselves. This netbook got the attention of many when it first was announced because it was the very first DIY netbook to be available to consumers. The OCZ Neutrino DIY netbook not only cuts costs, but it also lets consumers fine tune this netbook by being able to choose and install their own memory module, storage drive, and preferred Operating System (OS) into this Intel Atom processor powered 10.1” netbook. That’s not too shabby considering one of these chassis can be picked up for around $236.01 shipped. This is a fair price for a 10.1″ netbook with the following specifications.
|Processor||Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz|
|Memory||None, but supports up to 2GB DDR2 667MHz SO-DIMM|
|North bridge||Intel 945GSE|
|South bridge||Intel ICH7M|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Display||10″ TFT with WSVGA (1024×600) resolution and LED backlight|
|Storage||None, but supports up to 250GB SATA SSDs and HDDs|
|Audio||Stereo HD audio via Realtek ALC269 codec|
|Ports||2 USB 2.0
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Ethernet via Realtek 8168
1 analog headphone output
1 analog microphone input
|Expansion slots||1 SDHC
1 Mini PCI Express
|Communications||802.11g Wi-Fi via Realtek 8187SE
|Input devices||83-key keyboard
Touchpad with vertical scroll zone
|Camera||1.3-megapixel webcam with microphone|
|Dimensions||10.3″ x 7.3″ x 1.5″ (241 x 185 x 38 mm)|
|Weight||2.86 lbs (1.3 kg)|
|Battery||4-cell Li-Ion 2200mAh|
The OCZ Neutrino features the Intel Atom N270 processor, Intel 945GSE North Bridge, Intel ICH7M South Bridge, and the Realtek ALC269 codec for HD audio. It seems this is the combination of choice for many netbooks on the market today, so this should be a fairly solid netbook.
Opening up the retail box of the Neutrino you’ll find the netbook, user’s manual, setup guide, driver disk, and the power brick. Remember you’ll need a storage drive and a notebook memory module to complete the hardware needed to fire up the Neutrino netbook. For this we went with the OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD that we recently reviewed here, and an OCZ 2GB DDR2-667 SO-DIMM.
Total Netbook Cost: $638.44 (as tested)
Now that we know the basic specifications of the OCZ Neutrino DIY Netbook and know what we will be putting inside it for testing, we can take a closer look at this notebook and walk you through putting one of these together from scratch.