Is this a really good fake? (from RHS)

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Jul 25, 2008
  1. IHN02
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    Hello, I recently bought my R4 from realhotstuff.com and upon receiving it, I have some questions about its authenticity. I've been hearing a lot that an elevated sticker means that its fake. Well, mine has that. That said, I run the official kernal, the box doesn't say anything about an "upgrade" or anything--looks totally legit. Plus, RHS is known to be a very reliable website.

    I've also not had any problems with it whatsoever. Logic tells me that it's both legit AND fake. [​IMG] I'd like to know for sure. Here are a few close-up shots of it.

    Thanks in advance and let me know if you need more pics to 'diagnose' it.

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    I would say fake, when I had my R4, where the sticker was was completely flat and smooth, but that was about 7 months back...

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  3. ojsinnerz.

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    RHS doesn't sell fakes, to my knowledge....

    Also, that looks legit. I've seen a few R4s, and looks the same. I've also seen some clones, so I can tell the difference sometimes.
     
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    Newcomer Damademan3 Advanced Member

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    there is a thread i am aware of pictures of other peoples r4s in the forum. i would post you stuff there for them to look and compare.
     
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    Its real, the elevation has to be in the middle.
     
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    Yeah it's fake. I didn't see the raised picture at first.
     
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    That's exactly what mine looks like. It also has the bump on the sticker.
     
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    Awesome, thanks guy. I'm just paranoid I guess.
     
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    Wait, I have a Version 2 R4 (no spring) that I bought from DealExtreme and there isn't a bump or raised area under the label. I've felt the entire surface of the sticker and can't feel any bump. Is mine a fake? [​IMG] I got my R4 last October when the Ver. 2 springless models were still fairly new.
     
  11. neoice

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    I doubt it. But the best way to tell a fake without opening it is to look at the microSD symbol.
    If the tab is pointy = fake
    if the tab is flat = real
     
  12. dinofan01

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    isnt it fake since it doesnt have the curve at the top where the sd card is?
     
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    The 1st generation R4s are the ones with the curve at the top, ( the ones with the springs) and some of the earlier springless ones.

    The newer R4s have curves on both sides.
     
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    well they do sell R4 vIII but they tell you its a clone cart before buying it
     
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    It's fake. Looks like one of my carts that I bought.
    [​IMG]

    The left picture is what's making the sticker rise.
     
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    The best way to check would be to open it up (Not that tough, just remove the tiny screw and check where the clips are) and check if there's a chip on the back of the PCB.
     
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    Ah, so it is fake? Ha. Looks like I'm gonna be buying a CycloDS then. [​IMG]
     
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    db post.
     
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    CycloDS... How do you know if its not fake?
     
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