Fellowes ShredMate Sony X505VP Notebook

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Sony VGN-X505VP Notebook Computer

Pros

The Wow! Factor

Lightweight (835g with battery)

Amazingly slim and very stylish

Keyboard is surprisingly usable considering size and pitch

Comes with Windows XP Professional and 512MB RAM

Ultra Low Voltage Intel Pentium M processor 1.10 GHz processor yields extended battery life

Not at all sluggish for general office and Internet use

Supplied with external DVD+/-RW drive

Built-in USB 2.0 and Firewire connectors

Comes complete with Adobe Premiere Standards, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Norton Internet Security 2004

 

 

Cons

Not well suited to heavyweight applications such as gaming, video editing

Hard drive is only 20GB

RAM cant be upgraded beyond the 512MB supplied as standard

External optical drive is bulky by comparison to the notebook itself

WIFi capability is via a plug-in PC Card (supplied as standard)

No trackpad for cursor movement, uses nipple instead

Sound from built-in speakers can be somewhat crunchy

Doesnt come with Office Software

Not cheap

 

List Price: £1,999 inc. VAT

Best Internet Price found: £1,749 inc. VAT

 

Star Rating: 8.5 stars  For those wanting the ultimate in ultra-portable yet practical computing, the pros substantially outweigh any cons. This is a well conceived, well implemented state-of-the-art design which allows this amazingly lightweight notebook to be surprisingly practical in use.

 

 

Fellowes ShredMate

Pros

Cross cut gives greater security and means the ShredMate wont need to be emptied quite so often

Doesnt take up much desk space

Well made

Affordable

Stylish appearance

Has an auto shut off to prevent overheating

Has reverse function for unblocking when necessary

 

Cons

A4 sheets need to be folded in half before shredding

Needs to cool down for four minutes after two minutes of continuous use

The bin is a metal mesh which means that paper dust tends to spill out onto the desk top

 

Features

Capacity of 4 sheets at a time (3.9 x 23mm)

115mm throat width

Mechanical auto-start & reverse

4.5 litre mesh bin

 

Cost: RRP £24.99 inc. VAT

Available from Argos, Office World and PC World stores

Star Rating: 8 stars  Great for occasional home use