As for "dismissed Steffen's Iyonix vs. Omega benchmark results on the basis that they were not 'real world' results" ... taking a closer look at the NewsDesk it says
"Regarding Steffenís test results we should point out that we have not said that they were in anyway a scientifically accurate comparison between the machines, nor do we accept that his results are necessarily representative of the real world. Whether any particular benchmark is relevant or useful depends entirely on what you want to do with your computer. That said, we again thank Steffen as his results were helpful to us."
I think that that is a bit different - they basically said that the tests are not scientifically accurate (what test is, as a matter of fact?) and that they're not representative of the real world. This can e.g. mean that Steffens tests missed the odd type of work you can do with such a system. One that e.g. comes to my mind is the time the computer takes to fire up and pick up the new email.
So suggestions are welcome for further tests as Steffen did ask for above and on his website.