When it comes to equipment for your home office, there are a lot of things that you are going to need. Aside from the important items like your computer, landline telephone and printer, one thing that you are definitely going to need is a high quality shredder.

Documents that contain any personal information about you – your full name, home address, telephone number, even bank details – can be used to steal your identity. This can leave you in thousands of pounds worth of debt and completely destroy your life.

The good news is that by using a high-quality shredder, you are able to completely eliminate any risk of this happening to you. There are some great shredders out there that will allow you to completely destroy any personal information about you contained within your paperwork.

We decided to put several shredders to the test so that we could give you an honest review and allow you to make an informed decision on the right shredder for your home office. One of the models that we tested was the Fellowes Powershred. Here is our review.

Pros:

  • Handles up to 10 pages at a time so you can shred documents quickly.
  • The mesh basket allows you to see how much room you have left so you will know when to empty it without any guess work.
  • It feels like it has been very well built so it will last for years to come.
  • It has a safety cut out feature to eliminate the risk of accident and injury.

Cons:

  • It is quite big and bulky, so may not be suitable if you don’t have much room in your office.
  • It can be quite noisy when used for large volumes of paper.

Our Review

For a high-quality shredder for the home office, we really liked this one from Fellowes. Starting off, the shredder itself is packaged really well and is very easy to set up so that it is ready for use. All in all, the initial set up only took us around 5 to 10 minutes. The design of the shredder itself is really modern – something that we really liked.

It has a mesh waste paper bin which is a big advantage and something that we really liked. With the majority of shredders, you are not able to see how much of the waste bin has been filled up. The problem with this is that you have to either guess when it needs to be emptied or keep taking the lid off which is a pain when you are in the middle of working on something.

This mesh waste paper bin is great because it allows you to see exactly how much space you have left in the bin itself. You don’t have to mess around opening and closing the lid. The cross cutting blades are great because they are able to completely destroy any personal paperwork that you may have, making the information contained within them impossible to read. Controlling the shredder itself is very easy; the controls are incredibly user friendly.

One of the features that we really liked was the SafeSense feature. This automatically shuts off the shredder if your hands happen to get too close to the blades. This is also good if you have pets or children in the home who may go near the shredder.

Although this shredder is slightly on the pricey side, we have to say that we were really impressed. It copes very well with continuous use and has a really short cool down period. If you are running a business from your home office, then this shredder would be perfect for you.

Overall, we have to say that we highly recommend the Fellowes Powershred.

Features:

  • Cross Cut Cutting Style
  • 11 Sheet Cutting Capacity
  • Paper Width 230mm
  • 18L Waste Bin Capacity
  • Staple and Credit Card Cutting
  • 5 Minute Continuous Cutting

 

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