BenQ 1610 questions

#1) Is the retail version of this drive available is any colour but beige?

#2) Is new firmware under development? The last is B8M9 and while I can understand issues relating to DL writing are irrelevant, surely those weren’t the only improvements after the M9 release.

#3) Have any of your 1610 or 1620 drives come with ATA ribbon cables?