I also prefer the forged, milled slide over the stamped/folded one, though I'm aware that some shooters prefer the "balance" of the older ones.
You put "balance" in quotation marks as if you don't believe it. Having owned both I much prefer the stamped slides.
No, I put the word "balance" in quotation marks because the meaning of the word in the context of this discussion is subjective
by definition. I don't think that the stamped slide (and I've shot and handled different variants of them over the past few years) offers anything in the way of a "better" balance over the current slides. You (and others) do. Ergo my final sentence in the post that you didn't quote: "Each to their own."