OCZ gets into the bare-bones notebook biz

— 9:06 AM on May 14, 2008

Perpetually broadening its focus, OCZ has strayed further yet from its staple of memory products with the introduction of a "DIY notebook"—a bare-bones system users can configure and set up to their liking with off-the-shelf components.

As DailyTech reports, the notebook features a 15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) display, an Intel PM965 chipset with a matching ICH8M south bridge (from the Santa Rosa platform), an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 512MB graphics module, Serial ATA storage connectivity, a DVD burner, an ExpressCard 34/54 slot, and a fingerprint reader. Users will have to select their own processor, memory, and storage, and they'll reportedly be able to pick between optional components including a Bluetooth 2.0+EDR controller, an Intel 802.11n Wi-Fi controller, and a TV tuner.

These specifications should give OCZ's DIY notebook the potential to become a decent laptop for light gaming and everyday use, but those looking for portability will have to shop elsewhere. With a nine-cell battery pack, DailyTech says the machine weighs in at seven pounds (3.2 kg) and has a thickness of 1.5" (38 mm). Nonetheless, OCZ apparently wants to make its product painless to use, and it plans to offer toll-free support, detailed building instructions, and "validated components."

The OCZ DIY notebook is coming later this year. OCZ has yet to announce pricing, but judging by the machine's size and built-in components, it probably won't break the bank.

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