Maybe he said it is now a open box. :bigsmile:
That bit of humorous sarcasm out of the way, in all honesty newtoburners, I believe you. I honestly think that it depends on where you are, and how new the stock is.
I have in my hand as we speak, my new DW1650 rebadged by Norwood Micro.
DW1650 appears right above the barcode, as was pictured in DVD_ADDICT's picture of the 1640 rebadge in his previous post.
The drive is manufactured in March of 2006, and the label shows OEM firmware GCFC.
It came bundled with Nero OEM 188.8.131.52 and states LightScribe v184.108.40.206 if applicable, so I assume this version is shipped with the 1655 also.
Also included is a user manual, black faceplate, and an audio wire.
I could of course take pictures and post them, but I see no advantage to doing this.
The box isn't sealed from the factory, and it is a simple task to open the top, pull the drive up a bit and identify it before purchace.
To those of you who wonder why I have went this route rather than ordering from Newegg, shipping costs to my local are the reason. Additionally, it is nice to be able to go back to the store if I have any problems. Wringing the drive out for a while with the OEM firmware before crossflashing to the official B series, will be the deciding factor on flashing and voiding the warranty. Really at $40 it's not a financial catastophy losing warranty. Of course, this is just my opinion.
P.S. I have seen the Aopen drives in the Norwood Micro boxes in the past. An easy way to identify these is the 12X DVD -R write speed stated on the box.