Much better beast than the previous (cheaper) ones that I've bough. Its quite big and chunky and looks like it can do the job- and it can. I don't sit there any longer wondering dare i shred another piece and when is it going to jam - because it doesn't. Chews up credit cards with no probem and deals with cd's- though that's something i rarely do. If you want something small, delicate and quiet-- then this isn't for you. If you want aomething with a big appetite and a big capacity then look no further!