You mean the Ryzen 3 with substantially better integrated graphics? This isn’t a good deal unless you really want a 17” display, there’s nothing else that compelling about it so that’s why it went cold.
Dont get the way people vote on here, given a Ryzen 3 for a lot more than this was getting huge heat and the two are similar in performance. Baffles me heat from me anyway
Other than a slight clockspeed bump, Coffee Lake i3 8th gen is the same as Kaby Lake which isn't far off Skylake so a benchmark doesn't mean a lot. Big saving or not, I'd say both are overpriced. You're paying a premium for a 17" machine I guess, and they've fallen out of favour so I guess that's why. You need to ask why people are voting cold then, but I don't think it's a great deal.
But you would have to add ram and ssd to the new laptop too, so still a big saving. And the i3 8.... benchmarks faster than the
It's a refurb and it's an i3 8th gen which is largely meaningless over a 7th or 6th gen, people only really want the i5 or above 8th gen as they're the quad-core that make a big difference. But £300 and having to upgrade things to make it worthwhile seems a bit of a stretch. It might be £60 cheaper than brand new but that's not a good deal either. That's my take anyway, I didn't vote.