Retail and OEM

  buckeye 22:45 22 Feb 2006

What does Retail and OEM posted beside new DVD writers I am looking to purchase ?

  [DELETED] 22:53 22 Feb 2006

I am so glad that you aren't asking about Microsoft Windows! I was feeling a massive attack of deja vu for minute there.

In hardware, OEM means no manual, software utilities, cables, or other accessories.

It generally has equal spec, but this is not universally the case. Sometimes, the warrantee terms are different as well.

  [DELETED] 22:54 22 Feb 2006

oem usually means just the drive and no box or software.Retail is usually dearer but you get a manuel and burning software.
Personally I would go for retail

  [DELETED] 22:54 22 Feb 2006

Note that OEM CD/DVD writers (specifically) sometimes include software anyway.

  buckeye 22:59 22 Feb 2006

Ahh..the picture is much clearer now...thanks all.

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