Quiet, compact and convenient is the best way to describe the Shredstar MS12C cross-cut shredder by HSM. This powerful shredder can handle up to 12 sheets of paper at one time, turning each one into 430 confetti sized pieces. It can also handle staples, paper clips, credit cards, even CD's and DVD's. Although it weighs only 18lbs and stands less than 12" high it still offers the same quality and features of larger office shredders, including a lifetime warranty on the cutting rollers. Auto start / stop, manual and auto reverse all make for simple operation. HSM's Whisper Shred technology reduces shredding noise for quieter operation. Jam-Stop Anti-Jam Technology prevents paper jams if the shredder is overloaded. Shredded materials empty into a pull-out, 2.1 gallon waste bin with an easy to read fill line. This shredder even has a built in Energy Management Control System which saves money by reducing power consumption by as much as 90% when the shredder is in standby mode. Whether for personal use or a home business, the Shredstar MS12C provides the same level of security and reliability as the larger, more expensive models in a small, portable, and very affordable shredder.