Congratulations, a sample size of 2 versus a sample size of around 100. You'll notice I mentioned approximately a 10% failure rate. That means for 2, there's only about a 38% chance that either one will fail.
Overheating: Perhaps they've fixed this then, because the ones we had couldn't even browse the web from a solid surface without the fan kicking in. Pretty quickly it would ramp up to max. Just browsing the web, not playing games or 3d modelling.
Trackpad: Perhaps this is fixed as well. This was a frequent problem, after the laptop had been running for a bit and gotten warmed up, the trackpad would stop registering movements. It might also have been related to almost continually using during that time rather than a quick movement or click, then pausing or typing a bit.
Clicking: I couldn't use tapping because it moved the mouse too much. I wanted precision, and there was no way to get it without an external mouse. Again, there was still no reason to not just have a pair of simple buttons! Plenty of room right there.
Bevel: Sounds like another fixed item.
Crashes: Congrats. For us, it was pretty much every single day something crapped out. Several people lost a fair bit of work to that. ( I always make a large number of saves on everything. )
cd ( well, dvd ) drive: Really? They don't even have one now? I mean, sure...it's not used a lot, but it IS still used. Lots of programs and games still come on DVD, some which can not be downloaded. That's even worse.
Dual video chipset: Did they do away with this entirely then? I could see that. It was more pain than it was worth having 2, probably even if they matched. I used to run SLI on my desktop, but it just caused too much issues at times, and the different video chipsets was rather obnoxious.
BS! My dad is a metal machinist, and works mostly in aluminum. I have spent most of my life working in his shop. Aluminum, especially they grade they use on Apple products, is a low strength material. It's 2 main purposes is its flexibility ( terrible for electronics ) and being lightweight. I can EASILY warp it enough to cause the disc to hit something on the inside. Just picking it up with 1 hand while the disc is spinning causes this. That's just under its own weight!
Keyboard Eject: You're right, it is there. I had forgotten. However, the issue was still there: It's a software key, and only works while in the OS. There remained no pinhole for manual eject, or a drive based eject button.
Dual Chipset: the one I had was 2 Nvidia Chipsets and the OS did not switch automatically. As I mentioned, it required a full reboot and I selected at the time of reboot to change which video chip was being used. It sounds like they recognized this problem and fixed it. PS: Intels are still chipsets just the same as the Nvidia primary, so they still have 2. All laptop ones are POS, though at least the main card can have dedicated memory which makes a huge improvement.
AC: No, it was a very expensive school. ( $100,000 for 2 years. Not worth it for the record. ) They were brand new laptops, still in box. Not refurbs or anything. Top of the line at the time. I don't remember who the PC manufacturer was.
For those that haven't figured it out yet: This was indeed several years ago. It does sound like quite a bit has been fixed, but these are problems that shouldn't have even existed as fast as they became apparent. There are still plenty of issues with newer ones as well, and there are issues with standard PCs as well. ( For the record, I think the PC name should include Mac just like includes Linux. Mac users would probably flip out though. )
Anyways, my entire point is just that Macs are not nearly the holy perfection they are often claimed to be. Most Mac users tend to overlook their faults, or likely have only experienced low quality Windows machines giving them a poor comparison.