Not bad. I'm not sure I'd put off hardware purchases because of it. It'll probably be a while before it hits the laptops.
True but it could well do when combined with the global credit crunch. Unless a new laptop is urgently needed now, and considering many give laptops a 4/5 year life span then it could be worth holding out for.
I am planning on getting a new laptop, but USB 3.0 combined with improvements in SSHD technology means I will be holding out as long as possible.