Good workmanship and a strong motor characterize this device.
HSM Shredstar X5
last modified: 23.03.2020, 12:32
We test independently. Askgeorge.com uses affiliate links. For a purchase via a link marked with a or our price comparison, we may receive a small commission.
The Shredstar X5 is a compact document shredder which showed one of the best performances in the test. You can shred up to ten pages in one go with this model. Even plastic items like CDs and DVDs are no problem for the shredder. Compared to its competitors, it also offers several LED control lights, which prove to be quite useful in practice.
With the Shredstar X5 you can shred up to ten pages of paper in one go. This is made possible by the very powerful motor the model is equipped with. This is also the only shredder in the test that has a warning light for the level of the wastebasket.
The Shredstar X5 is designed completely in black and looks very robust. The control panel in the upper area is set off in silver, which gives a nice contrast overall. On request, you can also order this compact model in white.
Starting up the shredder
With this shredder, too, it is sufficient for the sheets to touch the sensor on the feed shaft. Then the shredder starts automatically and switches off again immediately as soon as there is no more paper in the tray. The reverse mode, with which you can eliminate a paper jam, is activated by a separate switch. If the shredder gets too hot during operation, it switches off automatically thanks to the built-in temperature sensor. In the test, this happened at a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius. But after about 14 minutes the shredder is ready for use again. This model has a temperature LED as well as a warning light when the wastebasket needs to be emptied.
Collection volume, cut size and additional
With a performance of up to 85 pages per minute, the Shredstar X5 shredder is one of the most powerful models in the test. The shred bin is also relatively large with a volume of 18 litres; about 65 pages can be stored here. To empty the paper bin, you have to lift the complete cutting unit once. A carrying handle on each side makes it much easier to remove. Positive: The viewing window shows you when it is time to empty the paper container.
The result of the shredding process are small paper shreds measuring only 4 x 35 millimetres. Positive: Staples and paper clips do not have to be removed before shredding, which saves you a lot of time. However, if you want to shred a large amount of paper, it is still recommended that you remove them, as this will increase the life of the cutting unit. The manufacturer HSM gives you a guarantee of six months from the date of purchase; an additional guarantee is not offered.
The Shredstar X5 comes with a second collection container. This is designed for plastic waste because you can even shred chip and credit cards as well as CDs and DVDs. But this is not the only advantage of this model in the test: The richly illustrated user manual, which comes to your home in several languages, is also easy to understand.
We have evaluated about 50 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 60 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 35 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Here you have to note that at least at Amazon the ratings for two different devices have been combined. We have tested the HSM Shredstar X5 "White Edition". At Amazon, this device runs under the colour "white". There is an identical device "black/silver".
The "wrong" shredder runs under the colour "white/silver". The ratings then refer to a completely different design.
The following points were positively noted:
- Large collection container
- Separate CD container
Negative comments were made on the following points:
- Plastic gear parts
|Scope of delivery||Shredder, manual, CD container|
|Manual language||GER and more|
|Quality of instructions||Excellent|
|Max. number of sheets||10 (measured)|
|Capacity litres||18 l|
|Automatic switch-off||Automatic temperature control, paper sensor, overfill|
|Power consumption||60 Wh (1 sheet) - 118Wh (10 sheets)|
|Maximum volume||74,7 dB|
|Speed 1 Sheet||6.8 s|
|Speed max. number of sheets||6.8 s|
|Cut size||4 x 35 mm|
|Staples/paper clips to remove||No|
|Extra container for CDs/cards||Yes|
|Stand-by power consumption||1 Wh|
Best price winner
Check our main page to get an overview of all tested products within this category.Overview: Home Office Shredder
Ask George or leave a comment
E-mail address and name are optional