OK, school is about to start and i am thinking about getting a new laptop (i dont have to have one this year but would like to - my current windows machine is a huge piece of ****. so for that reason, i would like your opinion on these 2 small, and portable laptops -- they both have 13.3" screens and the dell has an AVERAGE (it slopes from 1.3" to like .7") thinness of 1" and the blackbook also is 1.08" thick. i went thru and configured each as follows: Blackbook: 13.3" Glossy 250GB 5400RPM HD 2.4Ghz C2Duo CD & +/- DVD Burner [slot load] Intel GMA X3100 5lbs 4GB RAM USB 2.0 and bluetooth (2 usb ports) $1786 (w/o educational discount) Dell XPS 1330: 13.3" High Def screen 250GB 5400RPM HD 2.4Ghz C2Duo CD & +/- DVD Burner [slot load] Intel GMA X3100 [OR] Nvidia geforce 8400M GS 128MB Fingerprint scanner 5lbs 3GB RAM USB 2.0 and Bluetooth (2 usb ports) $1508 (w/o educational discount) - so as you can see, the systems are about the same-- the only thing is i like the blacbook's keyboard better -- the one thing that is bothering me is that people are saying that the macbooks have problems with cracked casing. if they made the blacbook all aluminum (black aluminum so it had the finish of the MBP but in a sleek black) i would buy it right then and there.... and if they keep the keyboard the way it is and add backlit keys it would become the machine of my dreams... everything else fits my needs... maybe a better graphics card -- but i only do casusal gaming. - the dell looks nice and has a brushed aluminum finish - it is the same size and has 2 USB ports - same as the blacbook. it does lack a firewire 400 port. but that's ok. i dont use firewire. One other thing is that i would LOVE to have the felxibilty and power of OSX and then thru bootcamp still be able to play games that i like on windows vista - but i would love to use a 64Bit version of vista and be able to take advantage of 4GB of RAM. - the thing is right now i DONT want to have a laptop that will crack its casing in about a year or so. so please tell me what you think -- i know that since this is a mac forum the opiniions MIGHT be biased... but i posted this exact thread on a dell forum... so that should take care of that... THANKS - but still try to give me fair answers ok??