The Integral company, a brand of one of the most important distributors of memory modules from Europe, JustRams, has launched quite a large number of memory-related products, both cards and card readers. And one of the company's most successful (and oldest) such products has been the 8-in-1 Card Reader, released back in early 2004, which, despite its age, does still provide a few interesting features, albeit quite inferior to those of more recent models.
Thus, the 8-in-1 Card Reader features a rugged metal casing, which makes it very portable (can be used quite safely while on the road), and could represent a very good peripheral for one's portable system. However, there's one important feature that gives away the real age of this reader, namely the memory card compatibility, since the reader works only with SD Cards/ MultiMediaCards/ CompactFlash cards/ SmartMedia cards/ Microdrive cards/ MemoryStick cards/ MemoryStick Pro cards and Memory Stick Duo cards (with adapter).
The Integral 8-in-1 Card Reader provides pretty much the same advantages as all other memory card readers available on the market, namely much faster transfers speeds than in the case of using the camera's serial cable, the possibility of backing-up files on memory cards or of copying files directly between two memory cards.
The 8-in-1 Card Reader supports the USB 2.0 specification, thus permitting data transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps. Despite being quite an old model, the device is compatible with only the most recent operating systems, namely 98/ME/2000/XP, as well as Mac OS 9.0 and above.
The Integral 8-in-1 Card Reader is hardly available anymore, but there are several places around the Internet where one can find it for around 15 US dollars or less.