I have bought nothing but Dell refurbs......The savings is woth it. I would imagine they are tested twice as well. Once when "new". Again when they have to reload the opsys to resell.
Buy complete care if you think you may do something really dumb. Otherwise save your money. If you buy with a platnium card you will get an extra year of warranty "free" as well, The third year is not worth the price. From what I have read the service is not worth the cost of the warranty. Im reading where buyers of the onsite warranty are being told by Dell to open their cases and well I guess the lappy is mostly user serviceable!!!????.
Check out this link:Dell Service?????? you are kidding!
If I were paying 20% over and above the cost of the product for an onsite warranty, I certainly would not like to be told how to "fix it myself."
That "lack of support" should be reserved for guys like me that DON"T ever buy extended warrantys on anything