We've seen some pretty dang ultralight laptops in our day, so we're a bit skeptical at Evesham
's claim that its 1.4-inch thick 2.65 pound "Light Book" is the lightest ever to include an optical drive -- but 2.65 pounds is pretty dang light all the same. Along with that snazzy DVD/CD-RW/DVD-RW drive they somehow squeezed in, Evesham also included a 12.1-inch XGA display, Intel Core Solo low-voltage processor, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, 512MB of RAM, a 60GB HDD and a 4-in-1 card reader -- along with the standard complement of WiFi and a fingerprint reader. Despite all this, Evesham is still claiming five hours of battery life, with an option for a ten hour battery, and pricing it all at a semi-reasonable £999 ($1,910 US). The laptop could be getting some heated competition from the similarly minuscule Toughbook
series, but it looks like the Light Book will put up a pretty good fight.