Nah, these will generally last many years without any major hardware problems. Clock cycles is just (broadly speaking) how fast information can be processed, and won't affect the longevity of devices unless they have been severely overclocked and pushed past their thermal design power (tdp), causing damage via overheating. Even then, most devices can detect overheating and automatically shutdown to prevent damage. I would definitely go for a refurb if it's significantly cheaper - like this deal. The only thing that might wear after many year's use is the battery, which is easily replacable. But this is the latest model, barely a year old, so it should have plenty of life in it yet. It may not even have been used for a few months! Besides, it has a year warranty.
I'm currently in the market looking for a similar speced Laptop. Question is: can you trust refurbs? If the clock cycles on the components are high, then the system will soon have a failure and you'll have to find a new laptop?!
I imagine the lack of a dedicated GPU is what's putting most people off.
I totally agree. Sometimes people's expectations on this site on what a deal really is, baffles me (shock) Particularly around refurbed kit.
Great price if you're after an XPS, even if it is a refurb. Anyone enlighten me on the cold votes?