The best part about them is that they are retail drives not OEM. I bought one at Compusa for 39.99 on sale about 6 months ago. The picture in the ad shows an OEM but the Connect I bought had the Retail Drive in it and it said on the front of the box “Retail Drives at Discount Prices”
The brand new one I got last summer for 69 was indeed a full retail black BenQ 1655, had screws, software, 1 year warranty, the whole enchilada. My first one got the dreaded tray problem but still worked ok anyways so I got this one while I still could.
I’d say almost a sure bet to get a 1655 in those boxes for those who still want one.
They did close a ton of stores so could be unsold leftovers, returns, etc. They closed all the very close to me stores so I no longer shop there now anyways. If they leave the box alone with all the goodies you’ll get a BenQ warranty card in the box but hard to say what might be with them at this point, probably bare drives now. If I won one I’d see if the warranty is able to be registered if it comes with the card. Of course chances of getting a new 1655 for a dead one are about nil,
They don’t need crossflashing, has retail face plate with rectanguler eject button, sayd BENQ on the tray and has retail firmware listed on the drive stickers, which mine did have, though I think it was one version out of date.
Yup I believe you’re right, good chance it will be a BenQ, just hope someone who bought it and returned it didn’t do a pick-n-roll. But I had a friend that worked at the return department at Compusa, and she said she had to meticulously check the serial codes or model numbers even before her manager could approve the return. So hoping thats the case, for these drives. There is a 21 DOA warranty as well. As I remember correctly, they sold a few last month and the ending bids were all under $30.
Yes, Sears wanted to buy Compusa, but Compusa refused to fold. Working on their master plan to come back.
The " Connect " drives that have the Retail drives in the box say on the front of the box " Retail Drives at Discount prices" Yes, these have the BenQ on the facepate. I bought one on sale at CompUSA for 39.99 on sale awhile back.
As I predicted, the price on these is being slowly driven up beyond what they are worth. If they were new it would be one thing, but when you include shipping, you might as well just wait for a 203B to go on sale with free shipping at NewEgg.