Don't know, but I'm thinking that mine may be a refurb, too - the black plastic on the front panel wasn't pristine (not bad, but noticeable). They should have been up front about this. I probably would have bought it anyway, even if they had disclosed this. I'm actually a bit pissed off that they didn't.
"The weather is here...wish you were beautiful."
Humax DRT800 - 300GB (348hr)
Series 2 TCD540080 - 200GB (219hr)