I know this is a late reply but your post contains enough obvious inaccuracies that it still deserves a fair response.
rarson wrote:The size of the hard drive and the lack of HDMI shows you just how old this thing is.
You might want to note that DisplayPort is actually about 4 years NEWER than HDMI. Also I'm pretty sure the small docking station that most of these business class models can connect to supports DVI/HDMI and possibly even dual monitors, etc (if desired) and those should be fairly easy to find cheap for older models.
I'd pay $280 for a refurbished version of a $350 laptop...
This is actually a refurbished version of an ~$800 laptop, but off-lease generally means a couple of years old, so of course you're not getting the latest processor, etc, and the lower price reflects that.
And HP's support sucks, as does their build quality from this era. There's good reason for why there are a bunch of these available as refurbs.
Actually their business support has been mostly top-notch, AND that's also irrelevant in this case since it carries a Woot warranty, not an HP one. The reason there are so many of models like this is because businesses leased huge quantities of them to issue to employees, got a couple years of good use out of them, and they were still in good enough shape to clean up and sell again. That actually illustrates the opposite of the incorrect point you were attempting to make.
The same also applies to Lenovo and Dell business-class laptops. You'll find lots of them off-lease and seller-refurbished years later because the business class products tend to be sturdy and well-built, and were high enough spec'd originally to still be useful.
In contrast, a laptop that's $350 when new is much less likely to stand the test of time so well.
It's personal preference though. Some people like to get something new and shiny every year or two while others prefer to spend more and keep something longer. There are reasonable arguments to be made for and against either philosophy.