Updated 4 Mar 2014

GoECO

life GQW80B

Snapshot: The GoECO life GQW80B is a diamond cut paper shredder with an unstated bin volume. But is it the real deal or just a paper tiger?

life GQW80B
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$250

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Test results

Overall score
70
Shredding
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good at shredding.
  • OK to use.
  • Shreds credit cards.

But

  • Multiple sheets have to be arranged carefully to prevent jams.
  • Doesn’t always start when fed a single sheet.
  • Head needs to be removed to see how full the bin is.
  • Doesn’t shred CDs, staples or paper clips.

How we test

Overall score:

  • Shredding - 50%
  • Feeding the sheet - 25%
  • Using the controls - 10%
  • Emptying the bin - 10%
  • Machine stability - 5%

Shred/rest times are what is stated by the manufacturer. They show the maximum continuous “shred” minutes followed by the minimum “rest” minutes.

Shredding assessed on the shred speed for a single sheet and 100 sheets.

Ease of use assessed by feeding the sheets, using the controls, emptying the bin and the machine's usability.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$250

Specifications

Cut type
Diamond
100 sheet cut time (seconds)
128
Maximum A4 sheets per feed
8
Shred/rest (minutes)
-
Bin volume (L)
-
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
37 x 30 x 29
Weight (kg)
4.4

Features

Credit cards
CDs
×
Staples
×
Paper clips
×