Better specs, still as customisable as ever.
I wasn’t too enamoured with OCZ’s first-run DIY Laptop, feeling it didn’t really have the specs to call it self a Gaming Notebook – despite the claim that it was one. Having now updated its offerings to Intel’s Centrino 2 platform, though, OCZ might just have turned the systems into a pretty competing option.
Aside from now being Centrino-2 based, the biggest change OCZ has made is the move to an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 or 3870 graphics chip on the 15in and 17in options respectively, packing 512MB of GDDR3 RAM each, as opposed to the previously-used nVidia GeForce 8600. The 15in will probably fare a little better, with its 1,280 x 800 resolution, than the 17in 1,920 x 1,200 when detail levels are pushed up, but both should be capable of playing just about anything save Crysis while still looking good.
Processors from Core 2 Extreme down, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM and hard drive options including 500GB mechanical drives and SSDs are all supported. There’s even the option to add a Blu-ray drive, should you so desire. Connectivity wise there is an HDMI output and a VGA connector, as well as a trio of USB ports and Draft-N wireless within.
With a 6-cell battery, use away from a power outlet once a few high-end components are specced isn’t going to be great, but that’s to be expected of a gaming-orientated system. Cost? Entirely dependant on configuration, of course.