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Genuine or Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler – Quick Detection – A Guide

Posted by flashchiptutor on May 27, 2009

Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler usb flash drive pensticks are being counterfeited – how can you tell? Recently fake Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler flash drives began to appear on eBay, it is growing with alarming speed! eBay is not the only place you will find them, they are available at internet wholesaling sites in the orient.

What is the quickest inspection you can do to find out if you bought a counterfeit? Kingston engaves it’s usb connector for the DT150 64GB DataTraveler.

DT150 Kingston DataTraveler

Here are other signs reported by victims when they compare counterfeits to the genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler:

1. The main font is slightly (but definitely) different.
2. The actual USB plug is mounted upside down – such that the indicator light (which doesn’t work anyway) is facing downward when the drive is plugged in normally.
3. The lanyard hole is round as opposed the slightly square on the real Kingston.
4. Plastic moulding is poorly finished, with seams and visible.
5. The burgundy coloured outer finish is a very cheap & nasty stick on affair that doesn’t [quite] fit at the edge reliefs.

On a real one the USB connector is engraved and the back of the package has a second Bar Code sticker (see pictures below).

  1. The counterfeits don’t have a blue light (although there is a spot for it).
  2. The counterfeits are put together backwards, note on the real one pictured here you can see the copper path through the holes in the USB connector on the counterfeits its black from that side because they are backwards.
  3. The counterfeit is very light in weight, less half the weight.
  4. The best way to tell is the size of registered trademark symbol ® after the words DataTraveler on the front side that has 64GB on it, the counterfeit has a very small ®, about the size of one of the small dots on the surface, on a real one its over twice as big ®, see the pictures and compare.

This is the counterfeit and you can see how tiny the registered trademark symbol ® is compared to the genuine drive. Note that counterfeits unlike a genuine drive can come in several different variations.

The other thing that usually distinguishes genuine Kingston Flash drives from counterfeits is the packaging. Look at the back.

Genuine Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBackCounterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTravelerBack

Some counterfeits to have serial number information but you can easliy verify see: Kingston USB Flash Drives – Detect Counterfeits And Fakes – Product Verification Kingston can help with their detection site to determine if the Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler you bought is genuine.

If you bought a counterfeit (fake) from a seller on eBay please report in to SOSFakeFlash Report A Fake Tab

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13 Responses to “Genuine or Counterfeit Kingston DT150 64GB DataTraveler – Quick Detection – A Guide”

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  2. esanto said

    Counterfeit! Kingston 64gb Data Traveler’ has all the makings of a true flash drive, which is until you find that it is a useless piece of junk! What makes the sting worse is that PayPal seems to be in cahoots with the low life’s (Chinese businesses). I knew something was up, this after noticing that the purchase was marked as opened/ and then completed with a delivery, all on the same day. I notified PayPal, which filed a dispute on behalf; although you have to wait 2wks for the seller to respond… however, on the ninth day the product arrived via USPS, and my son, unknowingly signed for the package; which, later that night I opened, only to find that it was a piece of expensive trash ($79.00). I go onto the PayPal site, though, only to find that they took upon themselves to close the dispute within an hour of the delivery, not caring to see if was I that received the product. Now how did they even know of the delivery, considering the seller never contacted them. Not only that, but further scrutiny of the shipping order revealed that the product was only shipped after the chargeback was implemented, one week later; hummm, PayPal… what a joke. So I called PayPal, asking them why they closed the dispute w/o any inquiry on my behalf (?). They simply stated that proof of delivery was all that they were concerned about, and that the dispute was closed and could go no further, regardless of any fraudulent business/ counterfeit product… Okay~ we’ll see.
    By the way the Kingston site [http://kingstonusbcf.com] is a fraud; in addition to their shipping method via EMS, that lacks any return addressing.
    The chip itself lacks the serial number in which a true Kingston has, although the packaging was immaculate. The packaging looking flawless, bar-coding and serial number sticker included. Something the Kingston Co. themselves were in surprised to hear. The drive itself is trash; fluctuating from 6gb to 1gb, all the way down to 640mb, causing all sorts of data errors, etc…. totally useless.
    Thus, buyer beware… no one wants to take responsibility, so if you get suckered into thinking that it’s a legitimate buy, wait until you can contact the buyer personally. At least this way, you might have some recourse of things go awry. //eSe

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