OCZ Neutrino 10" Do-It-Yourself netbook review

By on June 17, 2009, 5:42 AM
Depending on your computing needs, there might be a void where a netbook actually makes a lot of sense to you. For some, netbooks play the part of a cheap ultra-portable, for others it's about the miniature footprint and the perfect couch companion. For enthusiasts, it's often the case that netbooks fill the role of a secondary or even tertiary mobile system.

Unfortunately unlike desktop systems, mobile solutions are usually very limited in terms of customization. Shopping online and “building your own” portable solution does offer certain flexibility in terms of what hardware you want, but are still confined to what the particular manufacturer offers.

With this in mind, OCZ is offering the Neutrino 10” Do-It-Yourself netbook ($280), that allows users to select and install their own storage, memory and operating system. For those of us that have a spare laptop hard drive or an extra stick of memory lying around, the Neutrino seems like a great value.

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yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have had alot of interraction with a number of different netbook models recently as my department is creating a thin client terminal services based library system and we have been stripping them down, adding SSD drives, upgrading memory and installing various different operating systems to find the optimum speed and battery life.

Opening a EEE-PC and replacing the memory is very easy. Removing and replacing the Hard drive is very easy. They come with an OS that is provided at OEM prices instead of $80 dollars.

With only a single slot for memory and the inability to change the CPU I do not see who it is aimed at. Its not difficult to change any of these components on a normal netbook.

On newegg you can get a EEE-PC with a gig of ram, Windows XP Home, 160gig harddrive for 350 dollars. Or you could get this netbook without ram or hdd or OS for 70 dollars less.

I must be missing something. Please let me know what it is?

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

On a positive, the keyboard does look nice. It reminds me a bit of my old IBM Thinkpad T42.

raybay said:

What about drivers. Can you install Windows XP Professional, or Linux, then find drivers that work without major gut-wrenching frustration?

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@yukka You mention one of the scenarios we covered in our conclusion. If there's no particular reason for you to customize this netbook beyond of what other manufacturers already offer out of the box, then the value proposition is not there.

@ raybay As pointed out in the review, we used XP and OCZ had that well covered. Vista works, too, though OCZ doesn't seem to outright support it. I also understand Linux works with most driver support coming directly from the peripheral manufacturers rather than OCZ, however.

raybay said:

Another worthwhile project, whatever the end results.

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