I just got a I/O Magic, supposedly, BenQ DW1655 from Staples.
For it to be a BenQ the box is supposed to have a red dot with 16x and 8x DL on it, which this one does.
Just to make certain, I had the sales person open the box so we could take a look.
The label says BENQ DW1655 (yay!), made on Nov. 18, 2005 in China.
Further down it says BQR-DW1655(b). I think the “b” means bulk?
and the firmware is GCAB. Again, I think this is the firmware they put on the bulk drives, but am not sure.
The box includes:
- a fold-out, installation instruction sheet.
- One CD: nero, with nero vision express 2, 126.96.36.199; Express 6, 188.8.131.52; Showtime, 184.108.40.206; and LightScribe v220.127.116.11 (if applicable).
Are these the same items that come in the BENQ boxed drive?
How many CD’s in the Retail BENQ branded version?
Also, on the outside of the I/O Magic Box it lists the CD-RW speed as 24x. I read that if it’s not 32x, it’s not a BENQ. Yet, it has the red dot with 16x,8xDL and says BENQ several times on the drive.
I want of course, a real BENQ. The total cost of this was $53. I have until tonight to return it. I can wait for a sale on either the OEM or the Retail, BENQ boxed drive.
Do you think I really have a BENQ?
What would you do?