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Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2018
Nice, small enough to fit on any sized desk or table.
Price was $30. I have another desktop shredder I bought 5 years ago, but my son borrowed it. That shredder was $80 with a $30 rebate at Staples. It's almost the same size as this one, but more squared.
I'm making him bring my old one back. That takes up to 12 sheets of paper, and has a slot wide enough to run an 8.5" wide sheet of paper through without jamming.
This one has a narrow slot. The instruction book says the slot is wide enough for an A4 envelope, which is a regular sized business envelope, but I found that a bit optimistic. It's really about 3.5" wide instead of 4".
And, you DEFINITELY CANNOT put more than 4 thicknesses of paper through at once, because it will jam. Badly.
It comes with a pick tool, which isn't very useful. The metal points on the pick are OK, but the handle is flexible plastic. I couldn't get it to pry out much. I used a pair of very thin tweezers to clear the jams instead.
It has a pocket on each side of the opaque white plastic container, apparently to hold the pick, or cleansing papers. That doesn't work well, though. The first day I used the shredder, I kept putting the pick back in a side pocket, then dumping it out on the floor every time I turned it upside down to empty it. Now the pick and tweezers live in a Styrofoam cup near the shredder.
The top piece on this shredder is the shredder itself, which I actually prefer. My old one has a container that slides in to the base's casing. The old shredder itself doesn't come off, so if it does jam, I have to unplug it, and put my hand up in the casing and feel around.
I can see the jams with the new one, which makes them easier to clear.
Both will shred a credit card, although the new shredder really grinds. I don't think it would shred a CD or DVD.
The main thing I don't like about the new shredder is that the cut up strips of paper are about 1/4" wide, but 3" to 4" long. Most good shredders cut strips 1/4" wide, and 1" long. Most identity theft experts say the strips shouldn't be more than inch long.
Between the too-long strips and the dinky slot, it's not something I would buy again.