I'm really happy I have started this lively discussion. Here is some old/new fuel for it. I finally found the reliability survey the original MacInTouch website conducted around 2005/2006: https://web.archive.org/web/20060423152730/http://www.macintouch.com/reliability/laptops.html
I don't want to comment on it other than that: Even there had been more than 10 000 entries this is of course not a scientific survey, so there are various sources for error.
My considerations (many already expressed by fellow comrades):
iBooks very often/mostly had been used by students, a
I agree as far as my now-gone PowerWave was concerned... it hated anything but its Mach64. If you did this crazy process of installing drivers THEN installing a Rage128, it would work, but if you reset the PRAM: blank monitor...
I just found this while searching in MacWorld back issues on Archive.org for results—obviously not on MacWorld, but I saw the Mactell Vision3d II lite card getting praise :
MacBench 5 must have really stepped up the graphics tests like they did the CPU tests (only one I tried briefly), because the Ultimate Rez's score
Geez, I didn't realize the first PowerTower's were Catalyst machines. PowerComputing sure got some mileage out of that architecture. I always preferred them to their Tsunami siblings for the decent on-board video and the faster bus speeds. They lacked memory interleaving, but that didn't seem to be much of a value add on machines of that era outside of niche circumstances. Otherwise, faster bus speeds tended to show obvious benefits.
On my PowerCenter the VGA Enabler jumper is in the open position.
Lastly, I don't think MacBench ever had 3D tests in it from what I can r