Solid State devices like DRAM and FLASH memory are all very reliable, soldering them to the circuit-board to save space by eliminating a connector makes perfect sense. As for the RAM limit, I'm a pro Software Developer and can work fine with only an 8GB Dual-Core MacBook Pro. I have to wait a bit longer for full builds, but that's not the biggest part of my job. And finally, how many Windows PC laptops are there with FOUR Thunderbolt 3 ports? This laptop is more Pro than any other.
ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte all have very "non-pro" customer support. You can walk into any Apple Store with your MacBook and get in-person customer support.
Why is it NOT a "pro" laptop?
Previously you have provided straight down shots of the MacBook Pro insides before disassembly - but this time you did not. Can you please be more consistent? I like to use these images as background wallpaper.
I love to see the front and back photos that you do of the logic boards. These components have a certain beauty to them, likely derived from the thoughtful engineering that was needed to create them. What is the purpose of the Hynix H5TC4G63AFR 4 Gb SDRAM? Is that for the Intel 5000 series graphics?