The Australian company Pioneer Computers recently introduced the DreamBook T14, a touchscreen ultrabook with a relatively decent price. The ultrabook features a 14 inch display and the latest Intel processors for under $750. That’s the good news. The bad news is, there are some strange limitations.
At entry-level price, the customer gets the DreamBook T14 with only a 16 GB SSD and no operating system. Even for Linux lovers, such specifications sound nonsensical. Windows 8 is available, but it will cost you an extra $102. If you choose to configure the DreamBook with a resonable SSD with 64-GB, you’ll have to shell out $150 more. For a 128 GB SSD, add $230. Ultimately, to have an ultrabook you can live with, the price rises to nearly $1,000, which isn’t quite the bargain you hoped for.
Aside from the stupid configuration confusion, the unit is actually quite interesting. It features a 14 inch touchscreen display with a 1366 × 768 resolution and has an Intel Core i3-3217U (1.8 GHz), i5-3317U (1.7 GHz to 2.6 GHz via Turbo Boost) or i7 processor (1.9 GHz to 3.0 GHz in Turbo Boost) on board. It can have 2 to 8 GB RAM, 16 to 256 GB SSD, Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel camera, SD card reader, Bluetooth, a USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out and Gigabit Ethernet. Curiously, in the specs is also a 2.5-inch hard drive, and an optional optical drive. It’s possible that the device has a normal hard drive and the SSD is used only as a starting accelerator. That would also explain the low capacity of the standard SSD.