Hands-on with the Fellowes MicroShred

Fellowes'latest line of shredders helps you properly dispose of unwanted papers, CDs, DVDs, and credit cards, without you having to worry about the young ones.

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Improper disposal of physical documents is an excellent way to get your identity stolen. Getting a decent document shredder is an excellent way to solve the problem, but if you're a parent you might be a little hesitant. Fortunately, Fellowes has your back.

Its latest line of shredders helps you properly dispose of unwanted papers, CDs, DVDs, and credit cards, without you having to worry about the young ones. The company's SafeSense technology stops the machine immediately when hands come too close to the paper opening. We tried to jam a couple coworkers' hands into the slot and it stopped every time.

You can trust that no one's going to be reassembling your shreds, either. Another feature, Micro-Cut, produces particles 10 times smaller than a standard cross-cut machine. The model we tested, the MS-450CI, was ultraquiet, too, so you don't disturb others much while your shredding away.

It's 100 percent jam proof thanks to a system of warning lights that let you know when you're trying to stuff too many papers in the slot. This model's seven-sheet capacity, though, is a bit limited for much more than light office duty and home use; if you need to destroy a long paper trail, you'll want to trade up to one of the company's larger models. Plus, though the safety feature is key, it can also be triggered a little too easily--something to keep in mind if you're doing a lot of shredding.

The 450CI is currently available for a little more than $200, which isn't cheap. But, we feel you get what you pay for both in performance and peace of mind.

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