Summary: You take your chances buying these refurbished.
Pros: Low price. Sometimes get a good one.
Cons: This unit in particular gave the end user keyboard and pointer trouble from a fresh install on. Investigation showed signs that attempts had already been made to correct the problems in the registry, as if the 'refurbisher' was aware of the problem and could not fix it.
Summary: When I purchased this laptop, I knew I was buying a used, or less-than-perfect laptop, and was under the impressional ALL MECHANICAL problem would be repaired - I was wrong! Now I do have some scratches on the case but I can live with those, but I'm very worried about my screen. When I turned the laptop on for the first time, there was noticeable white blobs on the bottom part of the screen and the entire laptop was covered in this disgusting crud I can only imagine...