13. Google Chromebooks
Date: May 11, 2011
Google's Chromebooks were supposed provide consumers with a faster, more secure, and affordable alternative to laptops from which they could search the Web and store files. With Google’s Chrome OS serving as the primary browser, analysts praised the Chromebook as a genius move that would generate huge sales for the search engine giant. That was far from the case. Due to its sluggish performance, limited Chrome capabilities, and heavy reliance on an Internet connection, the compact laptops were undesired. A recent report from The Register indicates Chromebook sales are "unlikely to exceed 30,000 units” by the end of 2011. Ouch.