Normally I stay away from refurbed items, but this seems like too good of a deal. My only concern is that it's a 2nd gen core i7. I know there was a lot of improvements between 2nd and 3rd gen core's for notebooks. That being said, for that price range, I'd be lucky to find a low end core i5. Don't need graphics at all, this is for taking notes in class and writing/compiling short chunks of code. Was also wondering, if it would be good to wait until Windows 8 and see how that changes the laptop market (even though I plan on running Linux on the laptop regardless).