You move fast.
I haven't even had the chance to build the 2.6.35 kernel yet, let alone apply the new patches (I'm just back yesterday from my holiday, and still feeling lazy).
My performance problem was on my previous laptop (Acer TravelMate 8215WLMi). My new Core i7 laptop is, as one would expect, much snappier than the old dual core.
Nevertheless I'm still interested in the long-standing latency issue apparently related to the CFS and/or CFQ, so I'll be very interested to see how you get on with the new patches. If I get a chance in the next week I'll build the 2.6.35 kernel with the patches too, and give it a whirl.