If you require a mobile powerhouse with the best processing performance possible, an Intel quad-core i7 will be your better bet. But if you're a gamer or want longer battery life in your laptop, AMD has an edge over Intel.
And despite the less-than-overwhelming overall CPU performance gains, Trinity-based laptops will be more than fine for mainstream tasks.
Also not to be dismissed: Trinity-equipped laptops will, in general, be cheaper than laptops equipped with Ivy Bridge processors. For instance, AMD's ultrathin laptops are set to be priced about $200 lower than Intel Ultrabooks.
The HP Envy Sleekbook with AMD processor is the first example of this; the Sleekbook is $150 cheaper than HP's new Envy Ultrabooks with Intel processors.
Stay tuned for more AMD Trinity-based laptop news and reviews.