Summary: I purchased this because I have one of these at work .and like it. Since this has a 12 month warranty I decided to buy the refurb and save money. Physically it is like new - no scratches, scrapes, nothing. It was easy to activate the Windows 7 that came with it, and also works like a new machine.
Summary: When I received the laptop and opened the box (this is the second refurbished ThinkPad laptop that I have purchased) I had another and convincing proof that buying refurbished computers from reliable vendors is the best way to go for best product quality vs. cost.