Now, I know the obvious answer is that it has the big word "TEST" under the PS3 on the faceplate. I don't have that. However, my PS3 won't work with normal updates, it only works with debug updates. This has brought me SUCH an amount of grief let me tell you. I bought this from a seller who quickly became unavailable after selling it to me. Also, when I bought it, it was missing a hard drive (har har). Anyway, I got it working well and well enough, but I really don't know how to label my PS3 for any potential buyers (I want to get a NORMAL PS3 you see.) Anyway, do I have a Test PS3? Or do I have some freaking hybrid that no one will ever love?
Hmm, I'm not sure but if what you say is true, in that it only update with PS3 Dev f/w then surely it must be a dev / test/ whatever but it's not retail. (how much did the guy you bought it off charge for it??)
Also, does it play BD movies?? As non retail units can't.
Does it have any extra Dev menus or whatever in the XMB??
Well, you're gonna have to slow down with the "XMB"/Dev talk, I'm computer literate, but the PS3 is relatively new to me. Course, when I got home and realized that it didn't update normally AND it didn't have a hard drive, I was majorly pissed and believed that I'd be scammed. Although, judging from the quality of the truck and the demeanor of the heavily tattooed, mustachiod man in the wifebeater, I'm gonna be an ass and assume that he thought he was selling me a broken piece of crap (having already sold the hard drive to some third party I'll assume).
As for your second question, I can't play BD movies and I can't play dvds either (though I don't know if normal PS3s play dvds I suppose since I've never been able to play around with a normal PS3.) I believe it was originally a 60 gig, though that's from the very questionable word of a man in a wifebeater (apologies to those who favor the wifebeater). I suppose that claim is backed up by the number of usb ports and the fact I haven't had any trouble playing PS2 games.
I also notice a Debug Systems menu (it's got a little star by it) in the main menu screen. There's a load of little options there that I've very little idea what to do with.
Ah yes...there's the big obvious sticker on the bottom. Prototype it says. For testing. I suppose that would make this a test model. Now, the bigger question here, would be, now what? I mean, what can I do with this? Also, how the hell did I get this? I assume they're not exactly common. Will Sony exchange it for me? Is there any kind of a market for these units? What?