This week marks the anniversary of the first Google laptop. Yes, that first one, called Cr-48, available for approximately six months, was only given to enthusiasts, journalists and other de-facto beta-testers for free, but still it provided allegedly over 60,000 people with real-world experience of this revolutionary product.
That initial Cr-48 model in December 2010 was followed in June to July this year by commercially available models from Samsung and Acer. I have not seen any reporting on how many were sold, most probably from Amazon and Best Buy, the two main outlets of availability to date. Prices have ranged from $300 to $500 for different models.
After a long period of using three different Google laptops -- one for a year, and two others for approximately six months each -- I can report that all of them get a 100% reliability and 100% zero-maintenance score. Even the otherwise-revolutionary Apple iPad isn't nearly as easy to use and trouble-free as a Google laptop. And like so many tens of millions of people, I revere the iPad and give it a verdict very close to a flawless 10.0.