It depends on what you want, if you want gaming and you want it urgently go ahead and don't wait for the ivy bridge processes and get a laptop, but if you can wait I would try and see what intel have to offer.
He's short on time but I think he get off to a good start: HP DM1 11.6" quickship notebook ~$430
AMD Fusion E-450 1.65Ghz APU, 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm HDD, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ Radeon HD 6320 graphics.
1.6 kg, 7hr+ battery. Performance wise, between a 'Netbook and a standard laptop. It's no gaming powerhouse but it can run some older titles. Overall, a good match for someone with a PC to do the heavy 'lifting'.
Haha..well, Im not particularly keen on being the 16yo obese "American" kid carrying a monitor in one hand and a mini-ATX case in the other wadding into a preppy brit boarding school, probably while chewing on a cheeseburger with a BK crown on.
For a laptop general discussion thread, u guys don't seem particularly fond of notebooks.
Anyways, back to my original question. I was curious as to whether ivy bridge(mobile) is worth the wait over SB though I won't need the battery life.
The new 7000 series or Gtx680m, however, may totally dominate the older gen, just like how the gtx680 is made my gtx580 look like a wimp. I'm afraid this will happen again if I'm impatient.
I've never really seen gaming laptops really to be that great, especially if people also want portability and to use them at their course. Certainly no where near as good to game on as a desktop, and often not so good for day to day activities.
Can't really speak for boarding school, but here at uni few people have really powerful laptops. A few people spend say £500-£700 to get something fairly good (Dell XPS for example, which also does 4 hours nicely on a 6cell without having to watch what your running too closely) if they like PC gaming as a group (i.e. PC gamers that go to video game society each week), most others have cheaper laptops/netbooks or this year I've started seeing a lot more tablets.
Console gamers brought there console, and PC gamers mostly have custom built desktops. This goes for people living in halls as well as private housing. Those that didn't come with at all tended to get before the year was through in they had any interest in gaming at all.
There have been reports of a 20% performance increase from kepler however that could be hype or just in theory. I wouldn't bother waiting for it - it is going to take a little while for manufacturers to take it on board and i can imagine they'd have a price hike. I'd suggest finding a site you can mix and match parts in a laptop - get something like an I3 or I5 then pour the rest of your cash into the GPU.