Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Review (2020): Is it Faster and Secure?

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According to the data presented by ‘Intel Security’, internal employees account for 43% of corporate data leakage, and half of these leaks are accidental.

No matter whether they are accidental or intentional but they often result in huge financial and reputational loss.

A look at the following data reveals how much loss a data breach causes.

COMPANY LOSS ($) TYPE OF BREACH
Target Corporation (2013) 248 million Payment card information
Yahoo (2016) 500 million User accounts information

Hence, it is essential to protect data from falling in the wrong hands. But before you do that it is necessary to classify it. ‘Sensitive data’ is categorized using the Protection Level and Availability Level scales.

Once you have analyzed the sensitive data, you need to destroy it. Imagine a large organization having tons of data in the form of pages, CDs, DVDs, etc.

It might not be possible to destroy them manually. Even if you try to destroy them manually, there is a possibility of misuse by someone.

Paper shredders are the machines that do the job of destroying sensitive documents in seconds. We have earlier mentioned them in our review about the paper shredders.

Here we would like to analyze in detail the Fellowes Powershred. Before we discuss it in detail, here is a glance at its pros and cons.

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Pros:

  • Fellowes Powershred uses safe sense technology that immediately trips the machine if anything other than paper is inputted to it.
  • Shreds CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples, paper clips, and junk mail.
  • Shreds 16 sheets in one shredding cycle.
  • It can process 16 sheets per pass. It cuts them into 5/32-inch x 1-1/2-inch cross-cut particles (Security Level P-4).
  • It has three levels of advanced jam prevention with Fellowes 100% Jam Proof System which eliminates paper jams, powers through tough jobs, and maximizes productivity.
  • The 79Ci’s SilentShred Technology and Energy Savings System allow this machine to integrate easily into any environment.
  • It includes a 6-gallon pull-out transparent bin.
  • Backed by a worry-free 2-year product and service warranty plus lifetime cutter warranty.
  • 21.31″ H x 15.38″ W x 10.44″ D. 23L pull-out bin ensures easy waste disposal.
  • Less noisy compared to the other machines in the same category.
  • The machine stops shredding automatically when the bin is full.

Cons:

  • Some people find it difficult to assemble the casters.
  • It has very little continuous operating time of 20 minutes.
  • It requires a 30 minutes cool down period between two cycles.

Pros:

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Fellowes Powershred uses safe sense technology that immediately trips the machine if anything other than paper is inputted to it.

This feature assumes much importance if you have pets and small children moving nearby. But you need not remove the pins from the papers.

It shreds CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples, paper clips, and junk mail. So you need not remove the U shaped pins or the stapler pins before inputting the paper into the machine.

It shreds 16 sheets of paper in one shredding cycle. It shreds16 sheets per pass into 5/32-inch x 1-1/2-inch cross-cut particles (Security Level P-4).

This is especially advisable if you have sensitive information in the documents.

Once shredded, any prankster won’t be able to reassemble the bits of paper due to the cross-cut technology of cutting.

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It has a 100% jam proof system that eliminates paper jams and is ultra-quiet in case you wish to use it in the office or shared workspaces.

The energy savings system provides optimal energy efficiency 100% of the time-in use and out of use.

The average shred speed is 4.3 meters per minute.

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As you can see from the above picture, the machine is small enough to fit inside your cubicle. It can be kept under your table too.

The casters make it very easy to shift it from one place to another.

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To remove the basket, it needs to be pulled forward. It does not open up vertically. This helps you to stay out of the mundane task of picking up rags after they are spilled on the floor.

The bin has the dimensions of 21.31″ H x 15.38″ W x 10.44″ D. The six gallons pull-out bin ensures easy waste disposal.

It is less noisy compared to the other machines in the same category.

One thing quite peculiar about the Fellowes Poweshred machine is that, unlike other machines, it won’t operate if the basket is full.

That means you will need to empty the basket first before you operate the machine.

You can operate the machine continuously for a period of 20 minutes and after that, you need to give the machine a break of 20 to 30 minutes. This helps it to cool down.

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In case you try to put hands or any foreign object near the machine in place of paper then the machine won’t operate. This feature is important considering the safety of people and pets around.

It is backed by a worry-free 2-year product and service warranty plus lifetime cutter warranty. This is the warranty which no other company in the similar range offers.

Cons:

Some people find it difficult to assemble the casters.

It has very little continuous operating time of 20 minutes. Some machines in a similar category can continuously run for sixty minutes.

It requires a 30 minutes cool down period between two cycles. This is more compared to others in the same category.

Conclusion:

On the flip side, we feel that the continuous run time and the time required between two runs is more in the case of Fellowes Powershred paper shredder machine.

But when we look at the other features like automatic switching off the machine if any other foreign object is brought near to it, the less space that it requires, the compact design, the bin capacity, the feature that does not allow the machine to turn on if the bin is full of shreds are some of the features which are found rarely.

As the pros of using the machine are greater than the disadvantages derived from it, we certainly advise you to opt for Fellowes Powershred paper shredding machines.

The most liked feature of this product much admired by users is the product warranty and the life long warranty to replace the blades. We think this is a big deal indeed!

We hope you use our recommended product. Do let us know in the comments sections if you have any concerns about the product.

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I’m Lisa Summerlin, Head of Content @ Review Roller. I regularly write here and I'm the girl responsible for ensuring that every article we publish is epic and useful.

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