Office Product Reviews

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You'll find genuine unbiased customer feedback, opinions and reviews on the very latest business machine products helping you to make an informed choice about which product best suits your needs.

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Need to multitask? The Lexmark X7675 could almost be a women in disguise!

Reviewed by A1Stores

Printer, copier, scanner, fax…er?! And wireless all in one, multifunction machine, with a shapely body that wouldn't look out of place in a Swedish architect's boudoir. Quite impressive! So much so that Mrs A actually thought that the Lexmark X7675 must be a woman in disguise! She has since been committed for her own safety, but as part of her therapy I have been told to humour her, so let's look at the evidence. It can be a printer, a scanner, a copier and a fax machine all at the same time, so it's a good multitasker. It's as pretty as Mrs A was when I married her, and it's wireless, so it does all this without any fuss.I think Mrs A might have been right, but don't tell the men in white coats, I'm enjoying the peace and quiet.

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Dragon 10 Preffered

Reviewed by A1Stores

Dragon 10 Preferred- Dragon 10 allows you to increase productivity by up to three times. The product is fantastic for helping people with Dyslexia and also great at stopping the potential problem of RSI (Repetetive Strain Injury) in the work place. The Dragon naturally speaking 10 prefered is a cost effective tool for use in any office or home enviroment.

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Samsung SF560R Laser Fax

Reviewed by A1Stores

Let Samsung's SF-560R show you how a multi-function digital laser fax, copier and scanner can help you and your business work faster, better and smarter.

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Dymo Label Writer 400

Reviewed by A1Stores

The Dymo LabelWriter 400 Turbo Is Compact, lightning-fast and easy to use – this LabelWriter is the fastest PC-and-Mac compatible label printer in its class. A customer favorite, 400 Turbo prints high-resolution labels for envelopes, packages, files, folders, media, name badges and more – directly from Microsoft® Word, WordPerfect®, Outlook®, QuickBooks®, ACT!® and other popular software. To save you money, 400 Turbo uses no ink or toner.

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Ibico 260 Thermal Binding Machine

Reviewed by A1Stores

Ibico 260 - (To the tune of "Here we go")…Ibico Ibico Ibico……..Ibico Ibico Ibico..oh! Now that that's out of the way, the Ibico 260 Thermal Binding Machine is a cheap and simple device that binds documents up to 200 sheets and even has a built in cooling rack. Basically, it's an inexpensive solution to a problem, and there's not many of those around nowadays.

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Intimus 155 Cross Cut Shredder

Reviewed by A1Stores

Intimus 155 - 4x28mm CC Shredder - What makes this shredder different from the others? Very little really! But then it's always the little things that make the difference! The tone of a bird's song, the on/off shredding control via a light barrier.........beautiful! Not forgetting the Security Level 3 shredding, the ability to destroy paperclips and credit cards, and a cool, easy to empty bin. It makes the difference.

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Martin Yale 1624 Letter Opener

Reviewed by A1Stores

My 87 year old Nan has had trouble opening the mail lately, so I bought the Martin Yale 1624 Letter Opener and sacked her! It's easy and fun to use and now I don't have to pay anyone else to open my post, which makes me happy. Shame about Nan, but I'll send her an extra blanket for Christmas! I'm all heart really!

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Nobo DLP X25 Projector

Reviewed by A1Stores

X25 - This DLP projector ticks all the right boxes. It's bright, it's light, it's got a 2200:1 contrast ratio, is 16:9 widescreen compatible and produces 16.7 millions colours! Great for all your presentations and but also fantastic for home cinema and gaming.

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Philips LFH660

Reviewed by A1Stores

Lightweight and stylish, the LFH660 is very easy to use with it's 'childs play' type navigation. It's perfect for dictating notes, recording meetings, or just dictating the weekly shopping list! It's great value for the price and a great addition to any workplace or home

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PIXMA IP4600 Inkjet Printer

Reviewed by A1Stores

With a high resolution of 9600 x 2400 and full duplex this printer represents excellent value for money. Seperate inks also make this cheap to run as you only need to replace each colour when you have to!

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Panasonic KXMB261 Multifunction

Reviewed by A1Stores

This small compact Panasonic multifunction machine offers everything a small office requires. With printing upto 18ppm and also a copy and scan function. First print in under 15 seconds and a collate feature which is very rare on a machine of this size the panasonic offers more than the average multifunction machine in this price range

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The Plantronics H251NA Headset

Reviewed by A1Stores

This model is one of the most popular headsets within the Plantronics portfolio and is aimed at those who mainly work within a Call-Centre environment. The 'N' designation stands for 'Noise Cancellation' and reduces background noise by up to 92%. It's robust and ergonomic too making it a first choice headset for many organisations around the world

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The Samsung SF-370 Inkjet Fax

Reviewed by A1Stores

Compact and extremely versatile, the SF-370 is packed with features normally found on much more expensive machines, such as SMS messaging and Anti-Junk filtration. It's the ideal machine to maintain office productivity and safety from unsolicited mail

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The Sanyo TRC6030 Transcriber Kit

Reviewed by A1Stores

TRC6030 Transcriber - Many dictation users are converting their analogue equipment to digital but but if you want to replace like for like, this micro-cassette trancsriber is the ideal workhorse. If digital is something you are considering too then why not have a look at Sanyo's entry level digital handheld the ICRB1000 and FS-USB1 transcription software

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The Olympus DS50 Digital Voice Recorder

Reviewed by A1 Stores

There are digital voice recorders and there are “Digital Voice Recorders”. The Olympus DS50 is definitely one of the latter, as I will explain. As the name suggests, this digital voice recorder, digitally records your voice! But it doesn’t stop there, it also records other people’s voices and other sounds too, including birdsong, male voice choirs and even traffic! On a more serious note, this recorder does have five recording quality settings and comes complete with an omnidirectional stereo microphone, making it perfect for lecture or conference situations. It is voice activated and supports Podcast, audiobook, MP3, WMA and AA playback, so you can play your favourite tunes or books while on the move through the included stereo headphones. The Olympus DS50 also has a massive 1GB of memory, giving up to 275 hours recording! That’s more than 11 days! On top of all that, it has voice guidance, making it easy to use for the visually impaired, and has a nifty case and remote control all in the box. In conclusion, this is a great voice recorder for students and professionals alike, and it looks pretty cool as well!

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Rexel LH240 A4 Pouch Laminator - Simple, effective and a bargain!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

The Rexel LH240 A4 Pouch Laminator is a pretty good laminator at a fantastic price. It uses a variety of pouches from credit card size, all the way up to A4, and up to a maximum pouch thickness of 250 microns (2 x 125 micron). I should say that this Rexel laminator is very basic, and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some other laminating machines, but that’s what makes it all the more appealing, because for me the less buttons to press, means the fewer things that can go wrong. Basically the Rexel LH240 laminator is simple to use, gives a good quality finish and the pouches are cheap and readily available. What more could you want!

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MFC6490CW – The World’s first A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer from Brother!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

Brother has finally made the multifunction (MFC) machine we have all been waiting for, in the wireless network ready MFC6490CW. This is the all in one solution for any office that doesn’t need the commitment, or cost, of a big A3 colour laser printer or copier, but does want a cost effective way of printing, scanning, copying and even faxing documents up to A3 size. This Brother MFC costs about the same as most entry level A3 printers, but offers so much more. The features include a high resolution A3 scanner, a Super G3 fax machine, an A3 copier and an A3 photo printer. As mentioned before, it is wireless network ready, but also comes with a photocapture centre, enabling the user to print directly from memory cards without the need for a PC, along with a large colour LCD display making it easy to use. All in all, this MFC is a total bargain and does a great job. It’s cheap to buy and cheap to run with the high capacity ink cartridges it has available, and is also environmentally friendly, having been awarded Energy Star Compliancy and the prestigious Blue Angel Certificate. Buy one today!!!

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The Brother MFC9840CDW, what more could you want!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

If the wife was more like the Brother MFC9840CDW multifunction printer, arguments would be a thing of the past! Seriously though, this colour laser MFC from Brother does everything, and does it well! It’s a colour copier, colour scanner, colour printer and Super G3 fax, all in one tidy package. It’s network ready and wireless, and features a Pictbridge port, which not only enables you to print directly from most digital cameras, but also from USB data sticks! The Brother machine’s printer, copier, scanner and fax functions are all duplex enabled, and it uses high yield laser toner cartridges, making it environmentally friendly, while saving you time and money. The only drawback is that this MFC doesn’t do the cleaning, ironing or cooking...........but then again, neither does the Mrs!

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Cyber Technology!

Reviewed by Peter

Ignore the fact that it looks a bit like a Cyberman from Dr. Who and you will find that the DS40 is a very compact voice recorder high on features, long record times and boasts an excellent recording quality. For the visually impaired the DS40 comes into it's own, voice commands are spoken to the user, allowing for easy navigation through menus, options, settings and voice files. Designed with the backing of the The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) means that ergonomically it wins too as it easy to identify the controls through touch alone.

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LS10 Outstanding High Quality Recordings

Reviewed by A1Stores

The quality of the recording of the Olympus LS10 is incredible! Unable to sleep with the noise of the birds singing their little heads off, I recorded the sound of the dawn chorus at 4.30 am one morning. Set to PCM mode and the Recording level set to max the resulting recording was incredible. The high quality stereo microphones captured the positioning of each bird call in incredible clarity with each call being easily identifiable along with the sounds of distant milk floats! Recording music is a breeze and sounds fantastic too as one of the options allows for studio reverb to be added to the played back sound. THe LS10 can also be used as a monitor or stereo mic. A must have for the serious recording enthusiast!

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It Talks!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

New to the assistive technology market the DS40 has been approved by the Royal Institute for the Blind (RNIB). All the menu options of the DS40 can be set so that they are spoken as you scroll through and enter different options, making it the ideal voice recorder for the partially sited or blind.

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Binding Machines Reviews Go to TOP

Fellowes Star A4 Comb Binder
Fellowes Star A4 Comb Binder

Does exactly what it says on the tin!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

The Fellowes Star A4 comb binder is an entry level binding machine, best for smaller documents where security is not an issue. I would not recommend it for high volume binding, but it is a cheap solution for users who only need an occasionally binder. Another thing is that Fellowes binding combs are reusable, cheap and readily available. They also come in loads of colours and sizes, so are not only easy on the eye, but easy on the pocket as well!

Fellowes Star A4 Comb Binder

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GBC Coilbind C100 A4 Coil Binder
GBC Coilbind C100 A4 Coil Binder

GBC C100 Coil Binder

Reviewed by A1 Stores

Out of all the binders available, the GBC C100 Coil Office Binding Machine is one of the simplest to use. It’s got a good quality, strong, 12 sheet punch capacity, and instead of using the usual binding comb and wire, it uses binding coil. These simply thread through the pages and give a neat and tidy finish, without appearing cheap. All in all, the GBC C100 Coil Binder provides a cheap and easy solution for people looking to bind documents up to 140 sheets, but do not want a binder that scrimps on quality!

GBC Coilbind C100 A4 Coil Binder

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Copiers Reviews Go to TOP

Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier
Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier

Sharp AL2040 Copier

Reviewed by A1Stores

AL2040 - I was looking for a reliable Duplex copier and I have found exactly what I was looking for and some… With the added features of scanning and laser duplex print I have half the office machines in one place!

Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier

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Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier
Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier

AL2040 Copier

Reviewed by A1Stores

Copiers are no longer just copiers and the digital revolution has produced machines such as the Sharp AL2040 - as well as producing crisp clear copies duplicates of an original you can link it your PC and use it as a digital printer. Keeping up with the Jones's has never been easier! The AL2040's duplex fetaure will means double sided copying, printing and scanning to PC at the click of just one button

Sharp AL2040 Digital Copier

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Guillotines & Trimmers Reviews Go to TOP

Avery GUA4 A4 Office Guillotine
Avery GUA4 A4 Office Guillotine

The Avery GUA4 A4 Office Guillotine

Reviewed by A1Stores

AVERY GUA4 - With a cutting capacity of up to 15 sheets and a self sharpening steel blade this excellent value guillotine is ideal for the home, small office or for the school classroom.

Avery GUA4 A4 Office Guillotine

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Headsets Reviews Go to TOP

Plantronics CS60  Headset System
Plantronics CS60 Headset System

Plantronics CS60 Headset

Reviewed by A1Stores

I find the CS60 a very reliable and comfortable headset to wear throughout my working day, I am an office administrator and get paid on performance. With my old headset I found it to be very restrictive now I can be in any part of the building and know I wont ever miss an important call.

Plantronics CS60 Headset System

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Shredders Reviews Go to TOP

Aurora AS1018CD Cross Cut Shredder
Aurora AS1018CD Cross Cut Shredder

The Aurora AS1018CD

Reviewed by A1Stores

Excellent value for money, the AS1018CD will shred 10 sheets of paper at a time and will easily shred CD’s too. At this price point there is nothing to match it for features

Aurora AS1018CD Cross Cut Shredder

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Fellowes PS67CS Cross Cut Shredder
Fellowes PS67CS Cross Cut Shredder

Fellowes Powershred PS67CS – A tough cross cut shredder, destroys your documents, not your fingers!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

I do like the Fellowes PS67CS office shredder, because it’s the perfect addition to any home office, or even just the security conscious home. It has Safe Sense technology, which shuts the shredder off when skin touches it, meaning the end of shredder related office injuries, and the start of shredder related baby toys. Well probably not, but you get the point. It shreds up to 8 sheets at a time and even has a sheet capacity guide so you don’t overload it. It shreds staples, paperclips and credit cards as well, so ruining your nails picking out those irritating staples is a thing of the past. Fellowes have really thought about their shredder design lately, and the innovative solutions they’ve come up with, help make this shredder stand out from the rest.

Fellowes PS67CS Cross Cut Shredder

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Fellowes MS-460CS Micro Cut Shredder
Fellowes MS-460CS Micro Cut Shredder

They say silence is golden, Fellowes say silence is the MS460CS Cross Cut Paper Shredder!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

Well what can be said about the Fellowes MS460CS Cross Cut Paper Shredder, apart from that we were really impressed! Fellowes claim that this shredder will shred up to 10 sheets at a time, into 3998 bits each (security level 4), and it’s so quiet, all you'll hear is the crinkling of the paper. Sounded ridiculous to me, but then I tried to shred 10 sheets and what do you know, it was really quiet, all I could hear was the crinkling, and soon there were 3998 little pieces in the bin (well I didn’t actually count them but it looked about right to me!). Now I do enjoy a jigsaw, but even the most determined of jigsawers, AKA identity thieves, wouldn't stand a chance of putting back together that little lot! The only drawback with the Fellowes MS460CS Paper Shredder is that it is not made to handle massive shredding runs like some other shredders, but it will continuously shred for up to 12 minutes at a time, which gets through quite a lot of sheets, before it has to have a short break.

Fellowes MS-460CS Micro Cut Shredder

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HSM Shredstar X5 4 x 38mm Cross Cut Shredder
HSM Shredstar X5 4 x 38mm Cross Cut Shredder

HSM X5

Reviewed by A1Stores

This HSM Cross Cut Shredder is perfect for any home or small office. It shreds to security level 3, which means it shreds an A4 sheet of paper into around 400 little pieces! The X5 shredder laughs in the face of identity thieves, offers great value for money, and sound piece of mind!

HSM Shredstar X5 4 x 38mm Cross Cut Shredder

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Kobra 240C4 Turbo Cross Cut Shredder
Kobra 240C4 Turbo Cross Cut Shredder

Kobra 240C4 Turbo Shredder

Reviewed by A1Stores

Kobra 240C4 Turbo - The next brand of Italian supercar? The RAF's next "top secret" flight experiment? No, it's more exciting than that! It's a machine that shreds paper! I realise how amazed you must be, but please contain your entusiasm and try to read on. Not only will this shredder shred up to 26 sheets of paper at a time, it'll also do paperclips, staples, CD's and credit cards. It's got a 24 hour continuous, low noise motor and consumes no energy when in standby, so it even saves you money. Definitely worth the investment.

Kobra 240C4 Turbo Cross Cut Shredder

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Swordfish 1000XC Cross Cut Shredder
Swordfish 1000XC Cross Cut Shredder

One of the most capable and easy to use shredders we sell!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

One of the most capable and easy to use shredders we sell, it just does everything very well! It will shred 10 sheets of paper at a time and accepts credit cards and paper clips too. It has a big 20 litre bin so it doesn't need constant emptying and runs on castors so is easy to move around if necessary. Recommended

Swordfish 1000XC Cross Cut Shredder

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Swordfish 500DC Diamond Cut Shredder
Swordfish 500DC Diamond Cut Shredder

It's fast, it's durable, it's easy to use!

Reviewed by A1 Stores

It's fast, it's durable, it's easy to use, and it's diamond-cut configuration means shred results are secure. Another Best Buy from Swordfish

Swordfish 500DC Diamond Cut Shredder

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Swordfish 700DC Diamond Cut Shredder
Swordfish 700DC Diamond Cut Shredder

At this price level it's a firm Best Buy

Reviewed by A1 Stores

Simple and easy to use, the 700DC will shred paper sheets at just over one sheet a second so it's pretty rapid. You can shred 7 sheets at a time and it's diamond cut configuration produces unreadable shred results. It won't shred paper clips or credit cards (see 1000XC for that), but at this price level it's a firm Best Buy

Swordfish 700DC Diamond Cut Shredder

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Staplers Reviews Go to TOP

Rapid R5020E Electronic Stapler
Rapid R5020E Electronic Stapler

Rapid R5020E Electronic Stapler

Reviewed by A1Stores

The revolutionary 5020e Laser with cassette loading is equipped with a precision laser for exact stapling. The cassette also has a low staple indicator - the final staples in the cassette are red in colour to alert the user. The three possible ways of stapling makes this machine very unique and flexible

Rapid R5020E Electronic Stapler

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Rapid R100E Electronic Stapler
Rapid R100E Electronic Stapler

The Rapid R100E Electronic Stapler

Reviewed by A1Stores

The front loading 100E is the perfect where stapling is very frequent. It has an adjustable stapling force enabling it to suit all applications, adjustable staple depth, and a protection visor which cuts the power when lifted. The insert stapler can be replaced and the machine becomes as new. It has suction feet too so will sit practically anywhere

Rapid R100E Electronic Stapler

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Stationery Reviews Go to TOP

Sharpie S0750180 Fine Assorted Pens (4)
Sharpie S0750180 Fine Assorted Pens (4)

Sharpie Assorted Fine Pens

Reviewed by A1Stores

If it's good enough for David Beckham it's good enough for you! Diverse and ubiquitous, you can write on anything with Sharpie pens, allegedly even on a fish! We only say 'allegedly' because we haven't tried it (yet!)

Sharpie S0750180 Fine Assorted Pens (4)

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Telephones Reviews Go to TOP

BT Paragon 650 TAM
BT Paragon 650 TAM

BT's Paragon 650

Reviewed by A1Stores

We love this telephone's capability of holding up to 200 names & numbers in it's memory, but particularly it's facility of transferring numbers from mobile SIM cards - so you can now have your full directory on one machine!

BT Paragon 650 TAM

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Vacuum Cleaners Reviews Go to TOP

Numatic HVR200-12 Henry Hoover Red 620W
Numatic HVR200-12 Henry Hoover Red 620W

Henry Vacuum Cleaner

Reviewed by A1Stores

Henry Hoover- This red friendly face is as popular as ever in workplaces across the globe. The fantastic cleaning performance is legendary and the Henry is known worldwide as 'The hoover with Character'

Numatic HVR200-12 Henry Hoover Red 620W

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