We have a bunch of computer and gaming parts here at OCmodshop, but we are also a fully-functioning office, and have a plethora of office gadgets. One of the most fun we have is using a really powerful office shredder, and the folks at Fellowes were kind enough to send us their new 73Ci small office shredder.
Shredders have come a long way. This Fellowes 73Ci not only claims to be completely jam-proof (one of the biggest complaints people have about shredders) but also features LED lighting and touch-capacitive buttons, all in a keen shiny plastic look that any gadget lover would be proud of.
Here are some of the features:
- 100% Jam Proof System that eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs
- Proprietary Energy Savings System which maximizes shredder energy savings 100% of the time – both in use and out of use
- Capacitive touch screen controls
- Heavy-duty Cross-Cut blades that destroy a single sheet of paper into 397 particles, making it nearly impossible to piece back together
After opening the box, we can see that this shredder is a monster, thanks to its heavy-duty motor. Also inside the box is a pull-out waste bin, machine oil for the gears, four metal swivel casters, recyclable bags, and an instruction manual.
The casters fit snugly onto the bottom of the bin, and snap in so there’s no need for a screwdriver. Of course, you can also leave the wheels off, but this thing is rather heavy so the casters make it easier to maneuver on carpet.
Once the beefy top is placed onto the bin, you are ready to shred. Just flip the power switch and plug the unit into any AC outlet. The front panel comes alive as blue LEDs show off the power button, forward and reverse keys, and even the Fellowes logo gets a little backlighting.
To start shredding, all you have to do is just insert some paper straight in and let go. This thing is rather powerful and can chew up twelve sheets at once, and yes we tried. The motor slows down a little bit when processing this much at once, but it never jammed up. The intake area also has a sloped area and is rather deep, so it really is impossible for one to accidentally insert their fingers, even a child.
The shredder also makes short work of used CDs and other optical discs. CDs have to be inserted on the right side of the feeder, and an icon of a CD is printed there to remind you when doing so. All you have to do is plop a CD in and let gravity do the work. The shredder tears through a CD and turns it into plastic kibble in about 2 seconds.
The shredder also turns itself off after a few minutes. The LEDs on the front panel turn off, but you can arm the shredder again by pressing the Power button.
Of course there is some routine maintenance to perform in order to keep everything working smoothly. The shredder comes with a generous amount of machine oil. Basically apply oil across the entire width of the intake and press the Forward (or Play) button. You might also get some paper lint in the intake, which could interfere with the paper sensor. Just take a common cotton swab and run it along the inside of the intake. This thing is so pretty that you’ll want to keep it dust-free anyway.
The Fellowes 73Ci shredder is one of the most powerful we’ve tested in the OCmodshop labs, and it did its job without any hassles, even when we tried to make it jam up. It’s also beautiful and will fit in nicely with all of the other shiny office gadgets you have.
The Fellowes 73Ci PowerShred is available in January 2013 and has a suggested retail price of $199.99