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Good but not ideal
on 2 March 2014
In many ways this is a well thought out answer to the problem of dispensing a range of capsule flavours. The case is neatly designed and the option to match the colour of its side panels to those of your Nespresso machine is excellent. It functions well too, with the drop-down shelves giving the option of placing the case on an upper shelf or on a worktop. Being of similar size, proportion and (hopefully) colour to the machine it sits comfortably next to this on the worktop. There is enough friction created in the trays to hold the capsules securely whilst still allowing them to slide out easily when needed, so it's convenient and pleasing to use.
The four rubber feet stop the case sliding around, and the top panel has four sockets which would allow other cases from the manufacturer's range of storage units to be stacked safely on top.
A disadvantage of these cases is that each tray is only seven capsules deep, so if you have a different flavour in each rack, when it's loaded from the Nespresso delivery boxes you're left with three capsules in the box and unless you're happy to drop them in a bag or box mixed up with other flavours, the boxes then have to be stored until three of that particular flavour have been used. Presumably the reason for this arises from the need to limit the depth of the case to ensure it will fit onto 300mm deep shelves. Vertical storage devices don't suffer from this and normally hold the full set of ten capsules.
Another weakness which could easily have been designed out is the lack of labelling for each flavour - potentially ten of them. The front of each drawer has a recessed strip across it, and if this had been provided with a clear plastic face to create a slot (as for the labels on filing cabinet sleeves) the names of flavours could have been cut off the end tabs of the delivery boxes and slipped into the slots. One can still use these by sticking the names onto the drawers with double sided tape which helps enormously, but it could have been so much easier at little or no extra cost.
The last reservation is more subjective: at first sight the case looks as if it's clad with metal panels, but as soon as you touch it it's obvious that it's all made of plastic, and it's not all that rigid. It will wobble from side to side when it's handled; it doesn't feel as if it will break particularly easily and it doesn't affect the functionality at all - just feels slightly tacky. Built to a price, of course.