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Following the disappearance of my camera cable (probably been stolen by my cats, they seem to find that kind of thing funny), I needed a new one to transfer photos from my camera to my laptop.
Unfortunately my laptop does not have a card slot so first I went in search of a new cable. With so many cables and silly prices it was my partner who recommended a card reader and thus promptly ordered me one.
I was expecting some large floppy-disc-esque type reader yet what I got was the dinky space-saving stick reader.
The little larger than a normal flash drive and with the typical USB nose. It is small, made of white plastic and with a slot in the side for single card use only. Which is perfect for my needs. While I do have numerous cards, I have no need for accessing them all together. Though you can get readers that can access multiple cards if you choose.
This makes it nice and compact as well as sturdy (yes I have already dropped it twice) and so no need for annoying cables. (Which are always under threat by the cats who have an unfulfilled need to chew all cables that enter this house).
The reader is just plugged into your USB socket and after a few seconds appears without any drivers required. Slip in the card and within seconds your data is accessible. (Time differs depending on just how much stuff you have stored on your card)
i love the convenience of it and as I take a shed load of photos, having immediate access to them without need for cables or laptops with built in card slots makes things much easier.
Mine was £2.31 with FREE delivery and I've already used it a dozen times.
Simple, Compact, easy to use, great purchase
The Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader was one of the first card readers that I ever bought, and although I now have another card reader that I use more regularly, the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader certainly was well used once. I know when I bought it it cost me about £8.00, but it is now greatly reduced in price and it is available on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for just £1.75. I think this price probably could not be beaten and if you need a card reader that only accepts SD cards then I would say "go for it!".
The card reader is simply a device with a USB connection that plug into your computer and then transfers photos from the SD card to the computer quickly and efficiently. It is a small device, measuring only 7cm x 3 cm x 1cm and so it's small enough to keep in your pocket, have in your purse or keep tucked into your bag. As I said, there is a USB connection at one end which means it can be plugged into the computer, and then there is a single slot on the side which the photo card can be plugged into. One main reason that I don't use this card reader any more is that it only accepts SD cards and as I have a number of cameras for different purposes, all of which use different media cards, I prefer to use a multi-card reader for convenience.
It is really easy to use. There is no software to install and so is just a matter of plugging in the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader and then clicking to say that you recognise the device on your computer. You then click to say that you want to transfer the data - and that's it. When the photos are being transferred, there is a red light that flashes away so that you know when transfer is in process and when it's completed. Transfer is actually very quick and it is considerably quicker than using cables to transfer photos from the camera through to the computer and so I would always use a card reader these days to transfer photos.
Overall, I do recommend the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader if you only use an SD card.
It was greatly disappointing to me that my desktop computer did not accept my SDHC memory card (some of the older desktop computers do not, but if you have a laptop, you should be alright) when I pushed it inside the SMC/xD slot. My computer is a couple years old, but not exactly what you would call ancient, but it just would not recognise my SDHC card, and it had some really nice photos from last Christmas that I really did not want to lose.
So what could I do, then? Those pictures were very important to me. Was it really worth going through all the money and effort of buying a new, more advanced computer, just for a couple of pictures? Of course not!
Luckily for those who do not own very modernised computers, there is a simple solution as long as the computer has a USB slot (which most computers have). SD card readers can solve your problems almost instantly. All you have to do is push the SD card in the slot and then plug the reader into the USB slot of the computer... and then wait for your pictures to load up. They can also be useful for computers which do not even have an SD card slot.
Then came the job of having to choose an actual SD card reader; fortunately most readers are not that expensive, and I have even seen some being sold in pound stores (though I am apprehensive about their quality). What immediately caught my eye was the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader, because of these reasons:
a) It was a good price; only £2.60 in January when I bought it. This is quite cheap for a good SD card reader, especially if it was a good, well functioning one. What is even better if you are planning to buy this SD card reader is that the price of it is currently £1.75 on Amazon, and that is including postage and packaging. This is quite a good bargain I would say; you only save 85p, but these days every penny counts!
b) It was from the Integral brand, which is quite well known. I figured that a well established company would not want to sell you a bad product so that you could tell everybody how bad it was. I had bought several other Integral products, including an SD card, and they had worked quite well, so I hoped that I would not be disappointed.
and c) It had a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, so the majority of the people who had bought it had obviously found it a good product.
It is in the white colour (I am not sure whether it comes in different colours or not, though the colour of an SD card reader does not matter too much, at least if it is not a disgusting colour anyway) and looks quite aesthetically pleasing. It is shaped like a USB stick (though it is slightly more chunky than an average one) with a slot in its side for the SD card to be slotted in.
It is made out of a lightweight, yet sturdy plastic and it is very portable. It does not have a cap to protect it from dust and dirt, but this is not too much of a big deal, as I keep it inside my camera case when it is not in use. It also has a red light installed inside it, to show whether the card is being read or not.
It seems to be good quality; no cracks or chips of any sort that I have noticed yet, which is good, but no more than I would have expected from an Integral product.
It works well, as well as I would have expected it to. It reads my cards very well, without much hassle at all. When I plug the reader inside the slot, the SD card appears on the 'My Computer' screen in a matter of seconds. I would say that it reads the cards as fast as if you were inserting an SD card into a slot of a computer which was compatible with it. You can view the images or files, and copy and paste them elsewhere on your computer without any problems at all. I think that it is a very decent product for its price.
This reader accepts SD cards (though I do not need a card reader for these; thankfully, my computer can at least read these), SDHC cards and SDXC cards. My main use for this is to read my SDHC memory cards, and this has saved me from a lot of hassle. Sadly, I cannot write about my experience with SDXC cards, simply because I do not own one, (though I may want to look into investing in one in the near future) but I would guess that the performance would be much the same as an SDHC card, if not better.
I would recommend this product highly if your computer cannot read, or has problems with reading SDHC cards or SDXC cards. It is a cheap yet good quality reader, which does the job it is intended to do well, and nothing more. If you are looking into buying a card reader like this, then I would say that it is well worth your while to buy this one, as it is well priced with no defects to it that I can find.
- Overview -
The Integral SD single slot reader is a nifty little device which plugs into your Laptop or Desktop USB slot and can transfer any photographs straight to your computer. SD cards are the most common format for digital camera images and therefore this device is very useful for the amateur or professional photographer alike!
- features -
So...the device is in the USB 2.0 format which means that it is faster than the USB of old and that photographs can be transferred very quickly from card to device. Although this one only takes SD cards, making it useless for those of us who need XD or any other format, you can get similar devices which are for use of those too so all is not lost. This is a shame however, because I know that it is possible to make a slot that will take all cards, which would have really added to the versatility of the product, however, as long as you know SD is all you will need then its not going to be a problem.
When you first plug it into your computer the driver software will install automatically, very quickly, and the device will be ready to use. It is really very easy and hassle free. I usually simply copy and paste the photographs from the file on the SD to a file on the computer, it take only a matter of minutes to transfer a few hundred photos, so you can really see that the USB 2.0 makes a difference.
- Build -
The gadget is very small, which means that it can easily be fitted into your camera bag or in the pocket, making extremely useful for portability. It is also very light so there is no problem carrying it around. For its size however, it doesn't feel flimsy, it is not going to break very easily or just fall apart, and it has a plastic cover that goes over the USB end of the stick so that the important parts are not damaged.
It is quite a nice looking little thing too, my one is white, and it looks quite snazzy and cool.
- Verdict -
This is a really useful little gadget and my one has had lots and lots of use since I got it! I never use the actual camera cable to transfer pictures any more because it is much more clunky and bothersome way of doing it, this is a far better option.
The fact that it is small and light means that it fits perfectly in my camera bag or pocket and I can take it anywhere, for instance I took it to Thailand with me last year and it came in really useful for putting my pictures on the internet so my friends at home could see what I was up to!
It is also really fast, so is great when your in a hurry and the design makes it easy to use, so no time is wasted messing around with cables or anything.
The only thing is that it would be nice to have a bit more versatility with card formats, though this would inevitably make it bigger and more clumsy so maybe it really is perfect the way it is! Especially since the price is right, and if you really had to you could get 2 if you needed XD as well for example.
Great product, really useful and perfect for its purpose!
I bought this card reader for under five pounds in order to transfer files from my Integral SDHC on to my traditional desktop computer. It's design is not necessarily sleek and flashy; however it is lightweight and pocket sized so it ideally suits its funtionality. I found that it was good for its purpose, with a fast reading performance speed, and have used it to ferry many pictures on to the computer without it once failing. And for such a good price too!
In fact, I was convinced of its good quality teamed with unbeatable value for several months until one day, as I was taking the reader out of the USB slot with no greater force than normal, the head bent slightly to one direction, causing the USB to be wonky. I was severely disappointed that something I had trusted as an object necessary for day to day life had suddenly developed a fault.
However, when I plugged the card reader into the slot again to check its functionality, I was pleased to discover that, though bent out of shape, it still functioned as much as normal as a card reader, transferring my files the same as ever. I still use it to this day, and this proved that the quality could not have been affected too much. However, I found it difficult to put the cap on and off its head from then on and this has made me doubt the quality of integral products... such a shame as I was beginning to respect it as one of the best electronic manufacturers around.
I take quite a lot of photos and before buying myself an SD card reader, I had to just connect the camera to the laptop and transfer that way - obviously a hassle with finding wires and trying not to knock the chunky camera for fear of the worst! I was completely new to digital photography and soon started to look around the internet to find a reliable but inexpensive SD card reader.
I ordered one from a seller on amazon (£2.27) after reading that it was about 40x the transfer speed of a normal camera cable. Once it came I began to use it immediately. The card reader is really light at 14g and has a really simple white design. To protect the USB connector, there is a see-through cap you put over the top. Once the device is plugged in, a handy red indicator appears and you can start to transfer all the data from the card you've inserted into the side of the reader. The reader is about 2.5 inches long and less than 1 inch wide making it really easy to store. The transfer rate is really fast and has been 100% reliable after many, many transfers.
The reader works on both Mac and Windows (including Vista) operating systems and also supports several different cards including multimedia cards, SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards. You don't have the wait time where the reader installs software - you can just use this instantly. I would highly recommend this card reader since it's pretty inexpensive. I actually bought another 2 of the same integral card readers after the success of the first one, but I got them for even cheaper at £1.90 a reader. This was also purchased on amazon. I'm sure there are even more competitive prices if you are looking to buy a few of these for backup and for other people. Each time I purchased them on amazon, they came without packaging and in a padded envelope. (NB* Currently on the amazon page for this reader as sold by Integral, the ratings are overwhelmingly positive with 4.5 stars and around 1150 customers rating.)
For those of you that own a digital camera the chances are it will carry an SD Card for storing images in its memory. A lot of new Desktop PC's and Laptops have the ability to accomodate SD Card's directly into a card reading port, but for those that are not so fortunate you will require an SD Reader which slots directly into a USB slot. Obviously one compromise would be to connect the digital camera via the USB slot, but this isn't always practical. For example, I own a number of SD cards with various images from different events on them. It is much easier to use an SD Reader than have to insert each one into the digital camera.
The Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader pretty much describes itself in its title. Being USB 2.0 compatible means that it will allow fast data transfer. As it is Single Slot this means that one SD Card can be inserted at any one time, but this is quite standard for such a product. This particular model costs just a couple of pounds online and I purchased mine from www.amazon.co.uk.
The reader looks quite tame, with a bog standard white body and a protruding USB connector. There are no neat or fancy features here, just a no-nonsense approach to the task. The branding is boldly written in black and 'SDHC' is also on there, along with a small diagram on which way to insert the card into the reader. All fairly basic stuff, but the price reflects this anyway. Integral are a brand I trust, and they have intentionally made the product very simple indeed, as they are clearly capable of much better from some of their other products which I own.
The reader isn't just plain to look at, it is also very compact. The reader is around an inch long, so if anything you may worry about misplacing the product. Operation is very simple. All I have to do is slot the SD card directly into the reader, then insert the reader via the USB port on my laptop. My laptop almost immediately recognises the device and then I can simple drag/drop items I which to transfer to/from the SD Card and my laptop. The transfer rate isn't anything special, but it is adequate for my needs, and as I don't generally store a lot of data on each card, I find this of no inconvenience at all.
Overall the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader is a pleasure to own. Its simplicity cannot be faulted. If you are looking for something sleek and stylish with a few extras then you are advised to look elsewhere, but there is no mistaking this is a budget product with a budget price.
On our previous computer although we had a card reader it was very temperamental, this involved problems such as if the memory card was over about GB it decided that it wasn't going to acknowledge it's existence meaning we were stuck with all the images on the memory card stuck on it. This is why we purchased this, it seemed happy enough to read from the USB up to any size i ever used.
These can be picked up for only a few quid on sites like Amazon and eBay and you can probably get free shipping as they are so light. What they essentially are is a USB stick but with an input for you to place your memory card into, once you have put your memory card into it you can plug it straight into your computer. It acts as though it is any regular USB stick and pops up on the computer with all the usual options such as open folder to view files etc. You can then easily cut your images from the memory card and place them in a folder in your computer in minutes (dependent on computer and memory card speeds)
This is also a bonus for those who for some reason still try to upload the images on their camera directly to the computer, if they haven't already realized i'm sure they will at some point, that it is very slow. By using this you can reduce the time immensely making it a very practical and worthwhile purchase.
In conclusion i would definitely recommend this to anyone due to its usefulness, it can save so much time, especially on the long run for uploading pictures. It also allows you to use your memory card as a usb storage device when not used in the camera and can also be an aid if you have misplaced your camera to computer lead.
Now I have a habit of losing camera leads to connect my camera to my laptop, so when ordering my new camera last Christmas, I noticed this on Amazon and at the bargain price of £2.40 I thought this was a good idea.
First off when it arrived I was impressed by the size, which is roughly the size of a regular USB memory stick. Now surely I would lose this as well as the cables as it's so small, but it fits nicely into my camera case to I know where it is when I need is.
Ease of use is great, literally slide in you SD card to the reader, and then plug into your computer's USB drive and it automatically loads up. It is a quick little device too and transfers and a quick pace
I m discovering new places to stick it every day(!) For example my mum's new TV has a USB connection so when I wanted to show her my pictures from my latest holiday I plugged it in to the TV and hey presto, my photos were easily found and quickly too and on the big screen for all to see.
I can see me using this more and more in the future and the cheap bargain price means if I ever do lose it I wouldn't hesitate in replacing it with the same model. 5 stars!
I've got a Nikon camera that uses SD cards, and there have been times when I've taken a load of photos at some event and my friends have then asked if they could have some copies. Normally I would just remove the SD card from the camera and slot it into their computer's SD Card Reader slot to copy over any photos that they wanted. But there have been a few occasions where people have had older computers without an SD reader making it more difficult. Hence, I did a little research on Amazon and came across this SD Reader that uses the USB connection on your computer, and at only £2.35 it was cheap enough (and small enough) to purchase and carry round in my camera case for when I needed to transfer photos again.
What is it? Well it looks like, and is about the same size as, a USB memory stick, measuring 65 mm long and 24 mm wide, so small enough to easily fit into your pocket or purse, or in my case, my camera case. But what gives it away as being different to a memory stick is the thin single slot on one edge, which is where you slot in your SD card. The idea is that you slot in your SD card into the device and then connect it to a USB 2.0 socket on your computer. Your computer should recognise it as a new removable drive, where you will be able to open it in a window on your computer and view all of the files/photos on your SD Card. From there, you can then separately transfer all of your files back and forth as required. No need to install any drivers to your computer, and very fast transfer rates.
For the techie people reading this review, let's look at a few of the technical aspects of this device. For starters it will handle SD cards up to the newer SDHC types (the higher capacity SD cards), but equally take the smaller cards such as the mini and micro SDHC and SD types. It is fully compatible with all versions of Windows, requiring no driver installation before use, and easily connects to any USB port on your computer, but the USB 2.0 will give you the faster transfer rates. Of note, no batteries are required with this device because it draws the power through the USB connection.
In use, this device couldn't be any easier. I've never had any problems with it not being able to connect to, or be recognised by a Windows based PC. The transfer rate is quick and would be comparable to any mid-range USB memory stick, and the literature provided quotes the rate as being 40x faster than a conventional camera cable connection to a PC. Interestingly, I also managed to use it once on a friend's printer that didn't have an SD slot, but did have a USB socket, which then allowed us to print some photos directly from the SD Card via this device.
In summary, this is a simple device to use to transfer photos from your SD Card to your computer. Cheap enough to purchase, and small enough to fit in to your pocket or purse, this is a must have device for anyone who uses SD Cards in their cameras. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
One of my work friends is getting married soon and it fell to me to go round the office demanding every bodies hard earned cash for her wedding gift. Now I know what your thinking, what a rubbish present - a SD Reader?! Yeah that would be a bit tight! She also got a very smart camera and all the accessories to go with it. This came up as a suggestion and whilst trying to use up the remaining balance of the collection it seemed like a sensible idea to also get her one of these. I've never used one before - being old school I tend to hunt out the cable and upload photos the old fashioned way. So it seemed like a good idea to also get one for myself.
Anyway I ordered one from Amazon at £1.95 and a couple of days later it turned up. I paid for frustration free packaging which meant it arrived wrapped in what I can only describe as shrink wrap in a small jiffy bag. No problems with that, it meant there was no fiddling around trying to get into it and the jiffy bag sufficiently protected it in the post.
The reader is about a cm in depth and width and not much more than an inch in length. Mine came in white and in hindsight I'd probably go for a darker colour in the future, less likely to show scratches and dirt. The memory card slots into the middle and there is a clear plastic lid you can remove to insert the reader into your USB slot. I think I prefer the concept of pulling the reader and twisting out the USB bit as I do wonder how long the lid will last before it is lost. BUT for £1.95 I am not going to complain!
I've not used it too much yet but I am very happy, it certainly saves time hunting out the camera cable and its much easier to store. I haven't transferred that many photos yet, probably about 50 and its coped much better than the cable ever did! No crashing and having to wait half an hour or having to restart. The big test will be when I next go on holiday and try to transfer all the photos! I have a feeling though that this reader will cope just fine.
Thoroughly recommend as a quick, easy and cheap way of transferring information.
My camera is really slow at transferring photographs on to the computer using the cable and whilst it is doing so I can't charge it up as it doesn't have a removable battery. I decided to invest in a card reader so that I could transfer images quicker; straight from the SD card on to the PC. I looked around and saw that there were many different types that range in price.
I wanted a low budget simple to use device. When I spotted the Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader and reduced to £1.99 from £3.99 at Staples, I bought it. I wasn't looking for an all singing all dancing device; just a simple card reader that was reliable and made the task of transferring photographs a lot easier.
The device measures 65 x 24 x 12mm and weighs 10g so it is small enough to carry around. I keep mine in a pocket in my camera case so it is always to hand when I need it. On one end is the USB connector and there is a red light on it that glows red when it is connected so you know the port is working.
It looks fairly cheap and plasticy but for £1.99 I didn't expect much more from it. Despite this I'd consider it quite robust, I throw it in my bag sometimes and don't think it would crack or break easily.
The device is simple to use and as soon as you take it out of the packaging you are ready to use it. Simply insert the SD card or micro SD with adapter and then plug the device into a USB port. The specification is 2.0 so will work in any USB port.
The computer instantly recognises it as the SD card port, which appears as a removable drive. It is compatible with Windows ME, XP, Vista and 7, Mac OS 09 and later editions and also Linux v2.4.0 and above.
The device works by drawing power from your USB port so whilst it is plugged in and transferring, I can be charging my camera up or using it for other things! It is so much easier to use the card reader and it is a lot quicker. The specification written on the back of the packaging claims that it is 40 xs quicker!
I'd recommend this card reader. It provides an easy way of backing up files from your PC or backing up photographs and videos on to your computer hard drive. I've used the device with an 8GB card and it has been fantastic to use; very reliable. For £1.99 it is definitely money well spent.
I have to admit when it comes to technology I am absolutely clueless!! This was proven when I decided to purchase myself a lovely new digital camera, not thinking that I would need a memory card and then a device for putting the pictures onto my laptop! A friend directed me onto Amazon for a card reader which would make the transfer of photo's very simple.
I chose (with help) an Integral USB 2.0 single slot SD reader - even that alone was enough to confuse me - but I was assured this was the best product to go for. The card reader is a small rectangular shape with slightly rounded edges and came in an off white colour. At one side you will find the usb which just slots into the usb port on your computer. The usb end is protected by a small clear cap which simply pulls off when you are ready to use the reader. On the side of the card reader you will find the name of the product along with a small picture of a memory card which shows you which way you are required to place it in the slot. At the opposite end to the usb you will see a small hole in which you can attach some cord so you can carry it around should you so wish.
When using the card reader, you simply plug it into the usb slot on your computer and a red light will come on to show you that it is working. Once the reader is plugged in, it will automatically bring up the folder onto your screen so you can transfer the images over - alternatively you can access this through "My Computer". Using a card reader is so fast that it literally takes seconds to transfer the photo's over and saves a lot of hassle than using a wire and camera! I like that it also saves on the camera's battery power.
Technical Information for those in the know! (from Amazon)
Compatible with the latest technology - SDHC (SD High Capacity).
Compatible with SD Card, SDHC, miniSDHC*, microSDHC*, miniSD*, microSD*, MMCmobile, MMC, MMCplus, RSMMC and DV-RSMMC.
Works with Windows Vista.
USB 2.0 specification, will work in any USB port.
The price of the Integral USB 2..0 Single Slot SD Reader that I paid was just £1.79 and you can now find them on Amazon for £2.00 though it does state that you can purchase them from just a penny! I can't recommend this card reader highly enough, it is so simple to use - if I can do it anyone can!!! I have had the reader for three years now and its still perfect which shows it is totally reliable and fantastic value for money.
Thank you for reading my review.
I needed an SD HC card for a camera so I bought one on Amazon and thought everything would be OK. Well it was with the card the problem as it turns out is that my internal PC card reader is not equipped to read the new High Capacity SD cards, so a reader/adaptor was required.
Integral SDHC reader
I couldn't believe that this was only £2 on Amazon and with free postage, so I jumped at the chance to get one. There were others on offer at much-increased prices, but I only required one to read the card from my camera. My camera can use the standard SD card, but I was advised to get an SDHC card since it was quicker and could store more pictures.
The Integral card reader can be used for all SD cards, but it is specifically designed to function best with the new HC ones. Since my PC card reader could not read it I have no real comparison as to its speed, but what I can say is that the transfer of pictures and indeed data, was pretty much instantaneous, I saw no appreciable lag and everything was very quick. I'm guessing here only, but I think that since the card is going through several instead of one device you might expect a little bit of lag. Firstly the reader has to read it then is has to be transferred through the USB port then it has to be put in the selected folder, but even through this I did think it was quicker than my normal SD card transfer.
The reader is recognised by my PC as a disk drive and once the card has been put in the available slot the data is displayed as it is for any folder. Leaving the reader connected to the USB port means that the drive is still visible in the computer menu, but either by selecting it is the safely remove USB device logo in the taskbar or simply removing it will disappear from the my computer menu.
Basically you just plug it in when required and unplug it when it isn't. I have had no problems at all with this nice looking little white reader. It looks very similar to those pen drives, which have become so popular for saving all those important files. It's very lightweight and looks quite cool.
For £2 you can't really go wrong can you, and what's more it does the job which is all you can ask of a device such as this. I was impressed by both the price and the efficiency of this little wonder, and am so glad I can get pics back onto my PC again.
Like most people I imagine, after the initial excitement and flurry of opening my new camera it came time to post my beloved photos of my cat looking funny or my friends passed out in a doorway. Unfortunately I had managed to lose my usb cable. Oh no! How would I share with the world my new prize-winning photos of lying down cat and badly out of focus Ferrari?
I had owned some card readers in the past, flimsy plastic things that snapped and broke everytime you needed to upload a serious photo (miraculously they always worked for photos of a night out). Flipping through the pages on Amazon recently I came across Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader. I already own an intergral usb key which has survived being left out in the elements and thrown down several flights of stairs, so I was intruiged as to whether their quality extended to card readers.
£1.50 later I had my card reader in my hands. My laptop isn't exactly a MacBook Pro so I was hesistent to find out whether or not it would actually recognise the integral. I popped in the card reader and.... NOTHING. No pop-up window telling me about installing drivers, no options to see my photos, nothing. £1.50 is only £1.50 I said to myself and was about to throw it to the bin. Thankfully I then spotted I hadn't inserted my SD card. Round 2 and it worked perfectly, very short time installing drivers (this was a Vista machine, so experiences may vary) and my cat appeared in glorious 14megapixel colour on my laptop screen. A further couple of minutes and I had copied the entire contents of my 2gb card to my harddrive.
The reader itself is about the size of my thumb, with the SD card sliding in from the side. The outer shell is plastic but like other integral products it is built to last. I wouldn't worry too much about dropping it from your desk or pocket, the hard plastic shell should be more than up to the task. A small red LED lights up to tell you it has been correctly inserted and that it is communicating with your computer, a nice touch as it's easy to put a usb device in halfway and spend an hour cursing "faulty equipment".
Overall the Intergral SD reader is a great little buy. It replaces the hassle of USB cables to connect your camera, and seeing as how most if not all cameras now have SD memory you can use it with your friends and family to copy their photos.
Good product, good price, good buy!