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Product Verification

Identifying Genuine Kingston Product

Kingston® has become synonymous with quality memory products worldwide. But like other global companies with quality products, Kingston’s brand recognition has not made it immune to counterfeiting. Kingston has found a number of fraudulent items being falsely represented as Kingston products in the worldwide market.

To protect our customers and Kingston’s image as a quality brand, we have produced this guide to allow you to instantly verify whether the product you have purchased or are planning to buy is a genuine Kingston product.

Product labels for the SSDNow solid-state drives are designed with both color shift and Phantom technologies. For these drives, the Phantom technology area changes colors from light red to dark red when held at different angles.

The following products do not feature Phantom or color shift technology: microSD, microSDHC (4GB-32GB), DataTraveler MiniFun G2, DataTraveler 410, DataTraveler Locker+, DataTraveler Vault Privacy and Vault Privacy–Managed, DataTraveler 4000 and 4000–Managed, DataTraveler 5000, DataTraveler 6000, Media Reader, Media Reader USB 3.0, MobileLite G2 Reader and USB microSD/SDHC Reader.

Phantom Technology

For verification, a product label design may use Phantom technology. When the label is tilted away from viewer, the effect area will reveal the letter “K” or Kingston Head.

Products with Phantom Technology

  • Memory Modules
  • Standard CF
  • CF Elite Pro
  • CF Ultimate
  • SD Cards
  • SDHC
  • SDHC Video
  • DT G3
  • HyperX SSD
  • Wi-Drive
  • SSDNow V200
  • SSDNow V+200
  • SSDNow V+180
  • SSDNow KC100
  • SSDNow S Series

Color-Shift Technology

For verification, a product may use color shift technology, in which the colors on the product label or imprint will change from olive green to rose when held at different angles.

Products with Color-Shift Technology

  • microSDHC
  • DT Micro
  • DT100 G2
  • DT101G2
  • DT102
  • DT108
  • DT109
  • DT160
  • DT200
  • DT310
  • DTR-400
  • DTR-500
  • DTU30 G2
  • DT HyperX 3.0
  • SSDNow V200
  • SSDNow V+200
  • SSDNow V+180
  • SSDNow KC100
  • SSDNow S Series