Depending on your computing needs, there may be a void where a netbook actually makes a lot of sense to you. For some, netbooks play the role of a cheap ultra-portable, for others it's about the miniature footprint and the perfect couch companion. For enthusiasts, it is often the case that netbooks take on the role of a secondary or even tertiary mobile system.
Unfortunately, unlike desktop systems, mobile solutions are usually very limited in terms of customization. While online shopping and creating your own portable solutions offer some flexibility in terms of the hardware you want, they are still limited to what each manufacturer has to offer.
With this in mind, OCZ is offering the Neutrino 10-inch Do-It-Yourself Netbook ($ 280) that will allow users to choose and install their own storage, storage, and operating system. For those of us who have a replacement laptop hard drive or additional storage, the Neutrino seems like a great value.
As we mentioned in our previous netbook roundup, build quality is most important as processing power is consistent across today's netbooks. Here, our focus is on testing the Neutrino netbook, alongside the obvious value proposition of getting a full system up and running with the barebone hardware.
The neutrino arrives in the shoe box-like sales box. Inside you will find the 10-inch netbook barebones, a power supply unit, four screws, a 4-cell battery, a driver CD, installation instructions and brief instructions for setting up.
To test this system, OCZ provided us with a 2GB stick of PC2 5400 memory ($ 30) and a 120GB Apex series solid-state drive ($ 350), one of the popular SSD products.