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Great idea almost realised
on 3 November 2010
When I saw the description for this item I thought "Wow, a sonic screwdriver that actually works!" Well now i've got one and am I still impressed?
On the plus side the screwdriver looks the part and, thanks to its metal body, it feels the part too. The weight sets it apart from the toy versions and makes it feel more robust too. It is worth noting that it is only the bottom half that is metal. This part incorporates a magnetic bit holder, the 3xAG10 batteries (not 2xAA as in some listings) and a sound chip (which is activated by a button). The top half has the green light surrounded by non moving claws and contains the screwdiver bits when not in use.
The bad points, in my opinion, are as follows. First I found that the screwdriver bits were pushed so far into their storage compartment that I needed a pair of long nosed pliers to get them out. If inserted any less the compartment wouldn't close properly. Secondly the bit holder where you put the screwdriver bits to use them is about 1/2mm too small to take standard 1/4" screwdriver bits. This means that when the supplied bits get rounded out, as would be normal in anything beyond occasional use, you're not going to be able to replace them. Finally the bits themselves have an attractive green laquer coating that scratches off as soon as you use them.
In conclusion I'd say that the sonic screwdriver looks and feels good, but its value as a working screwdriver is more novalty than practical.