Fellowes Powershred 73Ci Review
Pros: Fast, user friendly
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|Pros||Fast, user friendly||Micro-cut, high-security, user-friendly interface||Fast, powerful, relatively quiet||Speedy, compact, user-friendly interface, budget-friendly||Inexpensive, reliable, fast|
|Cons||Expensive||Trash bin sticks, credit card shredder just slices in half||Expensive, large||Difficult to empty, heavy lid, medium security||Loud, bin could be easier to empty|
|Bottom Line||Good all-around performance, but this shredder doesn't live up to its price tag||A high-end paper shredder with micro-cutting capabilities, a low hum, and an intuitive interface||This premium model is well worth the time savings for those that shred a lot||A speedy, compact, and intuitive paper shredder, perfect for household use at a price you just can't beat||This shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office use|
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|Shredding Quality (40%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Fellowes Powershred...||Amazon Basics 12 Sh...||Fellowes Powershred...||Aurora AU1230XA Ant...||Amazon Basics 8-She...|
|Bin Capacity||6.1 gallons||5.7 gallons||9 gallons||5.2 gallons||4.1 gallons|
|Advertised Sheet Capacity||12||12||18||12||8|
|Measured Sheet Capacity||12||16||18||13||11|
|Dimensions||19.4" x 15.5" x 10.37||14.5" x 10.3" x 20.5"||17.3 x 11.4 x 25.2||13.31" x 8.46" x 15.87||12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9"|
|Weight||19 lb||21.1 Ib||36.4 lb||13.1 Ib||8.3 lb|
|Shred Size||5/32" x 1-1/2"||5/32" x 15/32"||5/32" x 1-1/2"||3/16" x 1-9/16"||3/16" x 1-27/32"|
|Warranty||2 Year Machine / Lifetime Cutter||1 Year Limited||2 Year Machine / Lifetime Cutter||1 Year / 3 Year Cutter||1 Year Limited|
|Maximum Sheets per Minute||109||133||185||171||96|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We were impressed by the performance of the Powershred 73Ci during our testing, but not by its price. There are other shredders that perform just as well and cost considerably less. For more details on how well it did in all of our tests, read on below.
We would call the Powershred 73Ci's shredding quality slightly above average. It handled its advertised 12-sheet capacity with aplomb, did quite well shredding thick junk mail envelopes, and didn't complain when we shred credit cards and CDs. Our only slight complaint is the fact that the Powershred 73Ci provides cross-cut level security, as opposed to micro-cut, which is simply less secure.
The Powershred 73Ci posted a maximum speed of 109 sheets per minute in our speed testing. This is plenty of speed for most users but isn't particularly impressive given its price tag. We tested models half the cost, that clocked in at 72 sheets per minute as well as some that are significantly faster, clocking a speed of 114 sheets per minute for the same or slightly less money. So while the Powershred 73Ci is fast, you can certainly get faster for less.
Ease of Use
Fellowes has a knack for creating user-friendly interfaces and adding in helpful features, and the 73Ci is no exception. It features touch-sensitive controls, a sensor that automatically stops the blades if your fingers get too close, and intelligent jam-proof technology that automatically stops when there is a jam, reverses the paper out a bit, and then attempts to shred it again. In our experience, this was able to work through some minor jams without any user input, which was kind of nice. The six-gallon bin has a big window so you can easily tell how full it is. It also pulls out easily, even when stuffed to the gills. Finally, the attached wheels make it easy to move the shredder around if you need to rearrange the office or hide it away until it is needed.
The Powershred 73Ci is fairly average in terms of audible annoyingness. You're certainly going to notice when it's running, but the sound isn't too obtrusive. We wouldn't want to use this too often in a crowded office, but the occasional few minutes here and there shouldn't garner too much ire from your officemates.
The Powershred 73Ci and its relatively high list price represent a fairly poor value. Though it is a great shredder, you can get similar performance and often better security for the same or less from many other models. In this case, you are paying for the name as well as the user-friendliness.
The Powershred 73Ci is a great shredder, but it comes with too high of a price tag. If you are looking for something that is super user-friendly and don't mind the high price tag, then this might be a good option for you.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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