Despite my earlier skepticism, it looks like the Elonex Webbook is real. And it’s shipping. The folks at Pocket Lint got their hands on one one of these 10.2 inch laptops that Carphone Warehouse is offering for free with a wireless subscription. And here’s what they had to say (nutshell version):

  • The Webbook ain’t the lightest or heaviest netbook you’re going to find, but at 1.3kg, it’s a lot easier to carry around than a 17 inch laptop.
  • The case is black on the outside, silver on the inside, and has a big Webbook logo on the top.
  • As with other laptops with a VIA C7-M CPU, the Webbook is pretty good for web surfing or basic office document work, but it’s not a multimedia or multitasking powerhouse
  • You get about 2.5 hours of battery life

You can pick up an Elonex Webbook for about $525 without a contract, and it sounds like the computer might just barely be worth that price. But the idea of getting a Webbook for free with a wireless contract is much more appealing. Unfortunately, this deal is only available to UK customers.

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