The Q-Connect Q10CC is a cross cut shredder that’s capable of taking up to 10 sheets of paper at a time, with a duty cycle of 5 minutes.
- LED indicators
- 10 sheets at a time
- Shreds CDs and credit cards
- Small window
- Pricey for what it does
The Q-Connect Q10CC is currently selling for around £124 on Amazon. That’s a moderate sort of price for personal use shredders, but may be on the higher end depending on what your budget is. Personally, it seems to be a bit much for a cross cut shredder with a duty cycle of 5 minutes.
The Q-Connect Q10CC does a cross cut of 5 mm by 51 mm, which measures up to a security level of P3. That’s moderate, but on the lower end of DIN, which ranges from the level of P1 to P7. It is however a decent enough cut for any personal use at home, as it is better than the typical straight cut shredding.
There’s a run time of 5 minutes on, and a cooling time of 20 minutes off, making this a pretty average shredder for home use. The automatic start and stop function will allow the Q-Connect Q10CC to run uninterrupted, unless it overheats or if something jams. In that case, LED indicators will let you know if the machine is on standby, overload, or bi-alignment, which means you have to readjust the paper in the feed.
Q-Connect recommends that you do no more than 50 passes a day, and states that the Q10CC is not designed to shred large volumes of paper, making this not very ideal for those of you who have mountains of paperwork to shred. You also shouldn’t shred adhesive labels, glossy paper, newspaper, cardboard, or self-seal envelopes, because you may invalidate your (1 year) warranty if your machine fails on you.
It does shred CDs, DVDs, credit and debit cards, staples, and small paperclips, though, so you’re good on that front. Just make sure your paper fits the standards that this shredder accepts. The entry throat is 230 mm, so anything larger than a standard A4 sized sheet of paper needs to be folded.
As you may already know, it’s important to empty your bin regularly, and there is a small window that allows you to monitor the level of paper in your shredder. It is a little too small for my liking, however, and seems rather limiting in the long run. But since this is a shredder for light home use, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem as you can see when the paper shreds reach a certain level.
The bin itself holds up to 16.5 litres, which is equivalent to approximately 150 sheets of A4 paper. It’s a decent amount, and the integrated handle on the lid makes it easier to empty the bin when it’s full. What I like about the handle is that it folds into the lid, conserving space and making the shredder look less clunky.
It is recommended that you hit manual reverse every so often, to clear out any paper that might be stuck in the blades, and although it isn’t necessary to oil the blades, it is highly recommended to keep your shredder in tip top shape. As long as you follow the upkeep, you should be able to make any shredder last you for a while.
The Q-Connect is moderately heavy, weighing 7 kg when empty. This is heavier than you would expect from its size of 3.9 cm x 3.6 cm x 2.4 cm, but it is what it is. There aren’t wheels on this thing, so you will have to carry it around in order to empty it. The handle does make it easier to get a grip on the lid, which carries most of the weight.
The Q-Connect Q10CC emits an average amount of noise at around 73 decibels. Most shredders average out at about 70 to 75 decibels, so this machine isn’t out of the norm. If you have never owned a shredder before, don’t be too alarmed by the amount of noise.
The max shred speed of the Q-Connect Q10CC is 3 metres per minute, reducing each sheet of A4 sized paper to 354 pieces.
Overall, the Q-Connect Q10CC is a decent shredder. The 10 sheet capacity is great, but the run time of 5 minutes is rather limiting. The cooling time is less than 20 minutes, though, which makes up for the duty cycle somewhat. It’s also a heavy and noisy, which isn’t unheard of for a shredder, but is a little disconcerting when factoring in the price. Even after the discount, £124 is still a bit too much for a shredder I would call average at best.
- Shreds into tiny pieces at security level 3
- Auto start and stop
- Overheat and overload protection
- Manual reverse function to prevent paper jams