The Rapesco "Power Assisted" heavy-duty stapler is, of course, not "power assisted" at all. It's basically a stapler with a extra length of leverage on top to make it easier to drive the staples through large numbers of sheets of paper. Of course this is obvious, and no-one in their right mind would actually be fooled as such, but I can't help wishing companies like Rapesco wouldn't resort to the use of silly, inaccurate terms when describing their products. It really is ... I don't know ... almost juvenile - like the cleaning chemicals firm Cillit Bang" describing their products as "Turbo Power". Why not just call this what it is? A LEVER assisted, heavy-duty stapler and leave the nonsense "power-assisted" behind?
OK - my little rant over, how does this stapler actually do the job?
Well, not bad, actually. I tried stapling a wide range of numbers of sheets of paper from 1 to 64 (yes - a power of two, I was folding one piece over and over) and it coped. I wouldn't say it felt particularly smooth or silken in its action. I also (and I know this is a first impression) got the feeling that it might not prove to be as rugged a tool as some other heavy duty staplers I've seen. It gave the impression of being more an "light to medium use" item than a "200 times a day" item, but it did the job and I couldn't see any obvious failings so far (in about a hour's hard "review stapling").
A reasonable product, then. Mind you, at £30.55, it should be.
Worth the money? I would say ... probably ... but maybe not spectacularly. If I had bought it as a heavy duty stapler at that price I would bot feel I'd been overcharged, but I'd not feel I'd got a great bargain either.
So - as three stars suggest - it's OK.