I note when I purchased a laptop 2 years ago, I deliberately chose ATI hardware over nVidia hardware for 2 reasons:
nVidia had a bad reputation at that time for quality control with its graphic card GPUs, especially in laptops, and
nVidia xrandr support was poor compared to ATI and Intel, where in my case where I use my laptop in business meetings and xrandr support is important.
Having typed that, I am a BIG nVidia fan, and out of 5 desktop PCs in our appartment currently, 4 have nVidia graphic hardware. The desktop PC (in our apartment) without nVidia hardware we are about to give away (to our maid) and pretty soon we will have only 4 desktop PCs, all with nVidia hardware.
But there will come a day again when I once more look at a new laptop (as one of our current laptops is 2 years, and the other is 6 or 7 years old) and thus my wife and I are thinking Christmas 2011 (next year’s Christmas) may be time for a new laptop (where xrandr support is important for me in a laptop).
Thus this quote for the article was of interest to me: