Pioneer Dreambook M86
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Reviews for the Pioneer Dreambook M86
Source: ITNews Australia
Incredibly powerful laptop system, with a few small issues that hold it back from true glory.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 100% features: 67%
Source: PC Authority
Pioneer Computers is an odd beast. At one time, whitebox laptop manufacturers were common in Australia, but Pioneer Computers (not to be confused with Pioneer home entertainment) is the last one remaining (unless you count Kogan). We don't think it's worth the price, but as a high-performance laptop, it's got a lot to offer. You can, however, choose which of the performance components you really need, configuring your M86 to prices ranging from $2200 up to our $4699 beast. For flexibility, that's hard to beat.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80%
Source: PC Authority
We've seen a few powerhouse laptops in our labs, but even we weren't entirely prepared for the M86. Pioneer's range includes everything from supercheap 7in netbooks through to SLI-enabled desktop-processor specificed beasts, and when we were offered a system, we plumped for a decently specified high-end system. As a high-performance laptop, it's got a lot to offer - we just wish it had a touch more style.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/08/2009
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83%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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