Yes, it's a refurb, and yes the CPU isn't very good, and screen is average, and yes it only has Vista on it..... However!
It's got a Radeon HD 4650 in it!
A strong class-2 card; unheard of in a £400 laptop.http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4650.13883.0.html
If you collect from one of their stores, you can take off the £3.99 delivery.
Don't forget quidco too. (3% ~£12)
Detailed specs can be found through the deal link.
Incidentally, Microdirect have mis-labelled it as a 1299SA.
No such model exists, it's a 1299EA 'Artist Edition' (hence the superfluous swirly patterns on it!)
Thanks to skipster3000, here are details on how a 'renew' differs from a refurb:http://h40046.www4.hp.com/hprenew/uk/en/index.html
Further details can be found here:http://www.systemactive.com/renew.php
"HP Renew remanufactured products can originate from a variety of sources, including:
* Customer returns and cancelled orders - Fully-functional products that have left the HP warehouse and therefore can no longer be sold as new
* Demonstration and trial equipment - Products which have been provided to customers for demonstration purposes
* Factory or reseller overstocks - Items that are returned by HP Partners to make room for newer product lines
* Factory loaner equipment - Products that have been used for purposes such as trade shows, customer events, or solution centres and have been returned to HP
* These products are not old, out-of-date machines. Rather, more than 80 percent of HP Renew Program offerings are less than 12 months old, and often the latest technology becomes available through HP Renew shortly after its introduction. The only difference (besides their lower cost) is that these products have, for one reason or another, left HP warehouses and can no longer be sold as new."
".....HP Renew are backed by the full original HP warranty. In addition, service and support options are equivalent to that offered with new HP products and the most current software revisions are also installed."