I don't know what you are doing but this thing feels like it's on steroids.
This laptop has windows and ubuntu 13 feels snappier and much more responsive.
I noticed a few awful regressions when I installed early this week but the kernel updates have sorted everything out.
Keep doing what you are doing.
btw: I asked for the mesa utils thing and it got added, I asked for a switch to SNA and it was done, now I will push my luck and ask for the inclusion of this vaapi thing that I found out when I was looking for h264 codecs (it seems to improve performance):