No they certainly don't have same problems as their box are.
You want and open commercial OS it is windows for OS and hardware. You want to do just what it is offer in Apple it is MAC without worry but without freedom of changing your configuration unless pre approved by apple,
What are you trying to say here and for you govern VLC player as always work for me since Windows 98 and if you need to change your modem, open the box and change it, try that on a Mac air? Or seal box I mean seriously you get what you are paying for.
Get a MAC Pro to have some possibility or go Windows and accept that you must know what you are doing.
Computers are not appliance yet even if apple tries to make you believe it. What do you want an Itouch the size of a desktop or a sealed box that won't let you install or change the hardware configuration so that you could resolve the fax problems..
On my "Itouch" I can't add a microphone as it wasn't there in the first place but on my desktop I can. Do you get my point, if you want a toaster that is on and off go with the all in one solution and don't bother us with fact of life.
Sorry for your modem at $15.OO dollars at best buy but oh no! Can you add me a speaker on my Itouch.. No well. You get what you spend for not the other way around.