Actually, if you had taken time to read and think about my post before going off on your rant about your personal experience, I was not refuting the fact that aluminum will likely be worse for wi-fi reception than plastic; my only point was that the poster was dead wrong when he said that aluminum "killed it." This is absurd. What does "killed it" mean to you? To English speaking people, this sounds like he is saying that it is so bad that no reasonable person would ever use it.
Thanks for proving my point about the pure ignorance of posters like you, who bring up TWELVE inch laptops (with inferior screens, build quality, graphics, no backlit keyboards, etc.) and try to compare it to the new MB.
Instead of trying to answer a European XPS, I can only look at a North American one because we all know that Euro pricing can vary so widely in different European countries.
As of today at dell.ca:
PROCESSOR\tIntel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache), English\tedit
OPERATING SYSTEM\tGenuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition SP1\tedit
SYSTEM COLOUR\tTuxedo Black\tedit
LCD AND CAMERA\tSlim and Light LED Display with VGA Webcam\tedit
MEMORY\t3GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (1GB x 2GB)\tedit
HARD DRIVE\t320G 5400RPM SATA HDD\tedit
OPTICAL DRIVE\t8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability\tedit
WIRELESS CARD\tDell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card\tedit
BATTERY OPTIONS\t6 Cell Battery\tedit
SOUND OPTIONS\tIntegrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition\tedit
GRAPHICS CARD\t128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8400M GS
$1349 CAD, which is, shocking, wait for it....wait....THE SAME PRICE AS THE ENTRY MACBOOK (educational)!!!! WOW!!!
You do get more RAM and a bigger HDD but an older graphics card and an older CPU. BTW, the HDD and RAM are easy and cheap to replace; you cannot replace the GPU and the CPU. The XPS also lacks a backlit keyboard and is still mostly plastic, with some aluminum accents.
I'm not an Apple "apologist." Stop making sweeping generalizations about other people when you so ardently condemn such an act. In other words, stop being a hypocrite.
I have no intention of buying a new MacBook.