Summary: Prior to the Fellowes I had an Aurora shredder. Capacity was much greater, could shred several layers at a time. With the Fellowes, it's like I'm downsizing, no more than 3 layers at a time and the basket is quite a bit smaller. Fortunately I' shred mainly junk mail. In favor of it is that it is quiet and the drawer is easy to empty.
Excerpt: I bought this shredder to replace a 14 year old Fellowes shredder that was beginning to show signs of wear and tear [my husband still uses it]. This one is much quieter and does a great job of shredding papers with staples, as well as plastic cards and CDs/DVDs. So far I have not been able to cause it to jam while shredding a lot of papers at once. I expect to get a lot of years of service out of this shredder.
Excerpt: I purchased this because I was becoming overwhelmed with paper while doing research etc. Purchased a scanning printer last year to digitalize this information but still had tons of paper to get rid of. My OLD shredder -- if you can call it that was totally inadequate!! LOVE THIS ONE! Now all those documents with information on them like birthdates etc that I had collected for genealogy are safely shredded.
Summary: This is a good shredder and lives up to its name and function. I have confidently shredded several documents that were personal, and I am pleased with the result. Just not sure yet on how to use the credit card/CD shredder.... working on that one. I would recommend this to someone who wants a decent product. It is a bit noisy, but as soon as the shredding is done, the shut off is automatic, so not going to complain.
Summary: We replaced an older shredded with this model and are very pleased with the result. The heavy duty power of this unit and the slide out bin are a real plus. In addition, this is the quietest shredder I have ever been around. You do need to be aware that they are serious about the 12 minutes of continuous run time. When it approaches this time it can get hot and go into a cool down cycle that takes a while (20 minutes or so).