While I suspect there are variations in hardware quality, as there are with any manufactured goods, I believe the greater variation is in people's expectations. Some expect more than others and anything less than perfection is viewed as a complete failure.
As to people who choose to lecture about "slave labor" in a "hostile country" with "cheap manufacturing" and "poor quality control", it sounds as though your opinion was formed well before you ever opened the box. As other manufacturers have shown, China is capable of world class manufacturing and the quality control is as good as is demanded by their customer. Cliched stereotypes really don't help your point, if you really do have a "defective" unit, as you come off as just extremely biased and seeking any reason to bash.