Customer Review

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea almost realised, 3 Nov. 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver (Toy)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 15 Jan 2011 23:20:08 GMT
Matt Smith says:
I actually bought this same one from Menkind and I was un-impressed to say the least! Firstly it sounds nothing like the REAL (if we can say that) thing, and to say that it's actually endorsed by the BBC too!! Secondly the claws dont even open up.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (39 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (19)
4 star:
 (12)
3 star:
 (4)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (3)
 
 
 
£22.99 £21.09
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 124,950