Identity fraud is something that could affect anyone, fraudsters don’t discriminate and will target both businesses and individuals, they simply do not care who you are they just want your details.
Having your identity stolen isn’t just an inconvenience, it can be devastating and life changing. It can make you insecure and untrusting of everyone and everything. I would like to think that I am quite aware of scammers and the tricks that they use online, I protect my passwords, I don’t send my details to suspicious looking emails (and I must get about 100 a week many of which say I’ve won the lottery or been left millions of pounds (I wish) or the ones supposedly from the banks saying that my account has been suspended even though I don’t bank with them, or ones from Paypal saying I need to make a payment) but I’d also like to think that I am the same when it comes to protecting my identity in everyday circumstances too as I never throw personal information away in the rubbish and I always try to cut up my old bank cards.
Recently I was asked to review the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci. According to the box it is the world’s toughest shredder. I was interested to see if this was true.
The first thing I noticed is that the shredder is very well packed and upon opening the box is that minimal assembly is required (perfect for people like myself who are no good with these kind of things). All you need to do to get the shredder ready for use is to push the four castors into place ( the shredder is quite heavy and it moves a lot easier on the castors) then place the heavy motor/feed housing onto the base. It really is as simple as that.
A shredder is a great way to dispose of household documents that may expose a families personal information including addresses and bank details and is a useful tool to protect against fraud, it takes next to no time at all if you keep on top of shredding unwanted documents and personal information. One of the main things that I love about the 73Ci Shredder is that it can also shred debit / credit cards and CDs, not just paper.
You can shred up to 12 sheets of paper at once but I tend to keep it to around 9 or 10. There is no need to take out paper clips or staples either as they can be shredded too making the shredding taking even less time. The shredder cuts each piece into 4x38mm cross-cut particles.
The shredder features a patented SafeSense™ technology that ensures the safety of the user by automatically disabling the shredder when sensing hands or pets are too close to the paper feed. An electronic sensor surrounds the shredder’s paper entry and shuts down the machine immediately when it comes in contact with the energy field created by humans and larger pets. This is great for us with three small children and a very nosy boxer dog.
The shredder has a touch sensitive back lit panel that has a range of warning lights. These are bin full, remove paper, bin open, overheat and SafeSense. These will remain unlit unless there is a problem. It also has a built in energy saving system that reduces in-use energy consumption by up to 70% when in use, it powers down when it has been inactive for 2 minutes.
The 73Ci has a 23 litre pull out bin which is ample enough to keep you shredding away without having to empty the bin too often.
Key features of the shredder:
- Shreds 12 sheets per pass into 4x38mm cross-cut particles
- 100% Jam Proof system eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs
- Patented SafeSense® Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper entry
- Energy savings system reduces in-use energy consumption and powers down after periods of inactivity.
- 23 litre pull-out bin for easy emptying
You can purchase this shredder for around £180.00 but this will depend on where you purchase it from. It can be bought both online and in store.
This shredder is ideal for a small office or in the home. It is quite when in use, can be easily moved around from one room to the next if needed. I would highly recommend getting a shredder like the 73Ci as it gives the user piece of mind that they have destroyed the personal information and that the paper can then be disposed of safely.
*I was sent this item for the purpose of this review – all thoughts and opinions are my own*