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  Yoo hoo, context warning: "They've" refers to iFixit, not Apple. Why in the world would iFixit be demanding that Apple fix problems caused by ham-handed hobbyists?
  1: Completely different operating constraints between the two machines.   2: You need to think about things like packaging constraints (the whole physical package), EMI, thermal management, ...   Pros don't want to be mucking about inside their tools, they just want to get work done. They're not generally hobbyists.
  Your DDR3 RAM isn't the same as what goes in the MBPr, is it?
  Cost: fewer components (with associated failure modes/rates). Reliability: Cut out socket-related failure modes (admittedly small factor, but...) You test memory before assembly, don't you? Performance: See above; speed not sole performance criterion. Compact design: Exactly; packaging is as much art as science.   Cons: You give up easy upgrade and trade off repairability, which is partly offset by increased reliability.   It's a juggling game, always has been.
Optical disks are more and more becoming redundant. Literally. Given the volume of applications being delivered on line, rather than on optical disk, most people rarely, if ever, need an optical drive for updates or initial installs, and Apple is acknowledging this change.   And yet, for all the models you noted, an accessory DVD drive is available. For those who might want one. To share between multiple devices and users, for that matter.
  Which is neither the base model nor base price, which is what was being discussed upthread.   Mackerels and salmon, thingie.
I dunno, FCPX works for me, for most jobs.   Better tell the Apple online store people that the Mac Pro was updated today.   There's your problem: paying attention to rumors.
So pick one of the lower-spec MacBook Pros ($1199/$1799 on up), or a MacBook Air($999 on up).
Unless you opt for up to 768GB of flash...   And base is 512GB.
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