Freedom To Tinker publishes a review of the OLPC laptop from a 12 year old. Sounds like most of its problems relate to software rather than hardware. (It’s slow, the software has memory leaks, and power management is apparently non-existent.) Here’s what the reviewer says:
My expectations for this computer were, I must admit, not very high. But it completely took me by surprise. It was cleverly designed, imaginative, straightforward, easy to understand (I was given no instructions on how to use it. It was just, “Here. Figure it out yourself.”), useful and simple, entertaining, dependable, really a “stick to the basics” kind of computer.