Dreambook Eee PC Competitor Enters the Ring

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With a 7-inch display (800 x 480), a 1GHz Via C7-M processor, maximum 1GB RAM, either a 2GB, 4GB or 8GB flash storage or a 40GB HDD, the Pioneer Computers Dreambook Light IL1 sounds like a worthy competitor to the Eee PC crown. Unfortunately, the $446 starting price is a little steep, even if either Vista or Ubuntu is included in the base price. The Dreambook range will host three other models, including a touchscreen version that sounds a little more interesting.

The Dreambook Light CE26 will feature a 7-inch touchscreen display, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor, maximum 1GB memory and storage capacities similar to the IL1. The base model will be priced at $699, but we're hoping the touch goodness makes it worth the investment.
Two other members in the range include the M72 and the M72R, but with 12" WXGA displays, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, maximum 4GB RAM and starting at $999, they're not really lean enough for Eee PC territory or impressive enough for the general laptop genre. [Pioneer Computers via Eee Site, Gadgetell]

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@daftrok: No a 14"er is not what I'd consider portable. Something about the size of an IBM X-series is about as big as I'd ever like to lug around. And that would be pushing it. But what has been overlooked in most comments about portability is that the smaller screen and VIA chips are not as power hungry and that's what makes it useful away from home. Being able to almost pocket the device is just a secondary bonus, and clearly has it's drawbacks. If a person had a 7"-10" thin and light laptop that only lasted an hour or so away from an outlet it's physical portability is fairly pointless.