Identity fraud and theft is a very real threat, especially these days where your information can be used online in seconds. This is why it is so important that you get rid of any personal documents in the correct way. By destroying them completely, you can make sure that you are not at risk of identity theft.

There are a number of ways that you can get rid of any personal documents, but by far the best thing that you can do is to shred them. In order to do this, you are going to need to invest in a high quality shredder. This is even more important if you work from your home office and have a lot of important documents to deal with.

Before you invest your money in a shredder, it is a good idea to consider all of your different options. There are some great models available at the moment. In order to give you a better idea of some of the options that are available, we have tested and reviewed the Swordfish 1200XXCD 12 Sheet Micro Cut High Security Paper/Document Shredder to give you a better idea of what to expect.


  • Very large capacity waste bin so you can shred plenty before you need to empty it.
  • In terms of noise level, this shredder is relatively quiet compared to a lot of other models.
  • It is very good at handling continuous usage before it needs to shut down to cool down.
  • It is on wheels, so can very easily be placed under a desk and wheeled out when you need to use it.
  • Very easy to operate with little to no fuss.


  • It is quite costly in comparison to some of the other models on the market.
  • Still has a little paper dust upon emptying the waste bin.


Our Review

Starting off, the shredder has been packaged very well. Assembly couldn’t have been easier and only took us a couple of minutes to get everything set up and ready to use. We tested it out with just one piece of paper to start off with. It was completely shredded by the cross cutting blades within seconds, which is just what you want.

After this, we tried the maximum number of A4 pages at one time, which is 12 sheets. Surprisingly, these were also shredded in a number of seconds. One of the things that we were really impressed with was how quiet this shredder was, even when we used the maximum sheets of paper. We expected it to be much noisier. This shredder won’t disturb anyone while it’s being used, that’s for sure.

The capacity of the waste paper bin was another feature that impressed us. We were able to fill at least two bin bags full of shredded paper once we were finished and had filled the bin up which is very impressive indeed. Another thing that we really like, and imagine that others will too, is that you are able to shred documents even with the staples still in them. This saves so much time having to remove them.

Finally, it is worth noting that this shredder does not give up easily. We have tested shredders in the past that have only been able to cope with continuous use for about 2 minutes before they have given up and shut down, taking at least 30 minutes to cool down.

This really wasn’t the case with this one. We were really pleased when we were able to get 20 minutes of continuous use out of the shredder before it needed to cool down. The cool down period was actually relatively short too, it only took around 10 minutes before we were able to use the shredder again.

Overall, the Swordfish 1200XXCD 12 Sheet Micro Cut High Security Paper/Document Shredder is a great option for the home office, particularly if you have large volumes of documents to shred on a daily or weekly basis. We definitely recommend it.


  • Cross Cutting Blades
  • 12 Sheet Cutting Capacity
  • 220mm Paper Entry Width
  • 26L Bin Capacity
  • 0mm Cut
  • 50dB Noise Level
  • Plastic Cutting
  • 2 Year Warranty

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