Retail and OEM

  buckeye 22:45 22 Feb 06
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What does Retail and OEM mean..as posted beside new DVD writers I am looking to purchase ?

  ade.h 22:53 22 Feb 06

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.

  stalion 22:54 22 Feb 06

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

  ade.h 22:54 22 Feb 06

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

  buckeye 22:59 22 Feb 06

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

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