[quote=cbboy777;2170322]I was so tempted but, I’ve had a BAD history with my OEM burners.
Bought BenQ 1620 retail and OEM…retail still going strong for 4 years…the OEM crapped out after a year.
Bought Samsung (one of their earlier TSST Corp burners) OEM and retail…OEM died after 4 months…the retail died after 2 years.
Since then I’ve shied away from OEM burners and have only bought retail. It’s just me.[/quote]
The OEM optical drives are usually identical to their retail boxed counterparts. The reason for a higher defect rate in OEMs is due to rough handling before being packaged (oops! dropped it on the warehouse floor…) and/or inadequate packaging for shipment – especially if more than one item is in the same box; they can impact each other during transit.
I buy all my OEM ODDs and HDDs from Newegg when they are on sale w/ free shipping, and order them seperately so there is only one per box. And if I get a damaged unit there is usually a 30-day replacement warranty for protection. But I’ll always pay a few bucks more if a retail equivalent is offered (when on sale w/ free shipping), due to the superior packaging of the retail box as well as the extras usually included like screws, cable, SW, etc…