Pioneer Computers may not be a household name in the US, but the Australian company has been pumping out netbooks about as long as anyone (which is to say, since 2008). The company recently introduced two new models: The DreamBook Lite M81 and DreamBook Lite E79.
While the model numbers may look similar, these two mini-laptops represent two very different ends of the netbook spectrum.
The E79 sports a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a tiny keyboard and touchpad, and a 533MHz Samsung ARM-based CPU. It runs Windows CE 5.0 and has 128MB of RAM and 2Gb of flash storage plus an SD card slot for additional storage space. You also gets 802.11b/g WiFi, 3 USB ports, and a 4000mAh battery all wrapped up in a 1.76 pound case. The base model sells for the equivalent of about $177 US, although you can also add a 3.5G mobile broadband modem for another $88 ($99 Australian).
The Pioneer DreamBook Lite M81, on the other hand is a 10 inch netbook with your standard netbook specs including a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and optional Bluetooth or an HSPA/UMTS modem. This model comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition, a 2.5″ hard drive, and 1 to 2GB of RAM. It weighs 2.65 pounds and has a starting price of about $356 US ($399 Australian).
The web page for the M81 says the laptop has an Atom N450 processor, NM10 chipset, and GMA 950 graphics, which seems unlikely to me. It’s probably the victim of a brutal copy and paste job from another product page, since most Atom N450-based systems have GMA 3150 graphics.