Slate-style computers aren't unusual - we've seen plenty of them this year, spurred on by iPad envy - but finding one up for sale is still relatively rare. Australian firm Pioneer Computers seem to have just that, though; their DreamBook ePad A10 is apparently available to order now, priced from AU$599 (US$512), running Windows 7 on a choice of Intel Atom N455 or N475 processors.
The chips are paired with up to 2GB of RAM, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, a 16GB or 32GB SSD and a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 multitouch-capable display. There's also WiFi a/b/g, optional integrated 3G, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam; ports include HDMI, VGA, 10/100 ethernet, headphones, two USB 2.0 and a mini-USB, along with a microSD card reader. An accelerometer handles automatic screen orientation changes in Windows 7.
Pioneer Computers reckon users can expect up to 5hrs runtime from the standard 3-cell battery; not great in comparison to the iPad, perhaps, but when you take into account that there are very few of these Atom-based slates shipping then the Australian company deserves at least a little kudos. They also offer a 7- or 10-inch Android tablet, the ePad 7/10, and a 7-inch Windows CE tablet, the ePad B1.