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AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator

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8.1
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/10
Total Reviews
999
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Review Summary - 964 recent, verified reviews

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Price
 136
money, worth, laminator, value, beat
+88%
-12%
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" ...  This was about the same price I paid for the name brand.  ...  "
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" ...  You can't beat the price .  ...  "
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" ...  Great little machine at a great price.  ...  "
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" ...  It really great to have on hand and the price is a great deal!  ...  "
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" ...  It works well for the money. ... If you laminate a ton of things you may want to look for a higher grade, but this does an awesome job for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  Especially given the price point, this is a great value.  ...  "
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" ...  Works perfectly and for the price you can not beat this deal!  ...  "
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" ...  An excellent value!  ...  "
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Product Reliability
 123
stopped working, laminator, jammed, died, machine
+37%
-63%
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" ...  I just got this few weeks ago and haven’t even used it much yet (foiled less than 20 times or so).  ...  "
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" ...  Broke after using it second time. ... This is probably the third product I've bought from Amazon that isn't working properly.  ...  "
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" ...  I brought it up to laminate two more and it's dead.  ...  "
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" ...  Since the first day I used this, I’ve had issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I had to return 2 of these within a month.  ...  "
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" ...  go it on November 2017 and today is 01/08/2018 and a week ago broke!  ...  "
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" ...  I have had this laminator for about 6 months but have only used it 5 times.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately, the device I received has the same issues that some have written about.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 79
easy, works great, simple to use, works well, use
+94%
-6%
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" ...  So easy to use!  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use. ... But it's simple to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to use and worked well  ...  "
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" ...  so great and easy to use  ...  "
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" ...  as long as it lasted the laminator was easy to use  ...  "
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" ...  At first I had a problem with the pages curling, but that was super easy to fix.  ...  "
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" ...  Cheap, easy to use, love it!  ...  "
Paper Tray
 76
sheets, laminated, laminate, sheet, laminator
+39%
-61%
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" ...  Jams all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately I only got one piece of paper through then the feeder stopped working.  ...  "
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" ...  The first time I tried to use this, the paper that I put into the laminator jammed.  ...  "
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" ...  It no longer feeds the paper through.  ...  "
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" ...  Difficult to feed the paper evenly.  ...  "
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" ...  Laminating paper gets jammed frequently  ...  "
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" ...  It laminated exactly one sheet, crumpled the next one, and then it wouldn't do anything anymore.  ...  "
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" ...  Used 10 times 8 of which the paper has jammed! ... No guides to keep paper straight!  ...  "
Overall performance
 66
works, fast, done, machine, performance
+94%
-6%
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" ...  Does a great job  ...  "
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" ...  It is good enough and does the job perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  Got the job done 👌  ...  "
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" ...  Moves slow but does a decent job.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this to use for my small business and it really does a nice job.  ...  "
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" ...  Reliable product and fast service.  ...  "
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" ...  Does the job!  ...  "
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" ...  Yet does the job  ...  "
Marketplace
 54
works as advertised, products, expected, basics, exactly
+83%
-17%
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" ...  BEST PRODUCT, ARRIVED ON TIME,  ...  "
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" ...  Very happy with this purchase and with Amazon (:  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon always has great products !  ...  "
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" ...  Product showed up onetime.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon basics products are generally cheaper and higher quality than the others  ...  "
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" ...  I love that Amazon is doing a "basics" line because that is exactly what this product is.  ...  "
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" ...  Love amazon basics products!  ...  "
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" ...  Works as expected.  ...  "
Fit
 52
paper, laminated, laminating, sheets, lamination
+27%
-73%
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" ...  It is very cheaply made and the paper got stuck the first time I used it.  ...  "
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" ...  Item does not allow laminate to stay together.  ...  "
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" ...  My first lamination went off-kilter and crunched the left side.  ...  "
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" ...  Every other paper I put thru to get laminated gets stuck. ... The roller is sometimes pulls it thru crooked causing jams. ... It doesn’t push the paper all the way out so you have to watch it or the ends of the paper will continue to heat up causing it to curl up.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked for a few weeks then started to wrap what I was laminating around the inside wheels.  ...  "
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" ...  The edges get stuck inside and curl.  ...  "
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" ...  While I was trying to fulfil an urgent order a paper got jammed inside. ... Eventually pulled the paper out but there’s still some stuck in the rollers.  ...  "
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" ...  Didn’t even get one use out of it before it jammed.  ...  "
For Kids
 47
children, teacher, laminator, laminated, preschool
+100%
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" ...  Excellent did ALL of my grandsons art work  ...  "
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" ...  My daughter is a teacher, and bought the same one, and says she really should have gone for a better one.  ...  "
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" ...  My daughter, who is going to school to be a teacher plans on getting one when she starts teaching.  ...  "
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" ...  I laminate my kids art and various things like recipes that I don't want to get damaged over time.  ...  "
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" ...  One of my coworkers actually went back and bought this for her kids to play with for her own home use.  ...  "
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" ...  My School titles are now safe.  ...  "
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" ...  I laminated my children's awards and a few of their art work.  ...  "
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" ...  I am so obsessed with this laminator that I have purchased THREE of these as gifts for teachers.  ...  "
Capacity
 38
home, laminate, house, projects, small business
+100%
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" ...  Im a teacher and it works awesome for little projects at home!  ...  "
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" ...  I'm looking all around the house for stuff to laminate .  ...  "
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" ...  Probably my favorite office tool.  ...  "
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" ...  I am now addicted and everything in my house is laminated. ... Very easy to use and small so it doesn't take up much room.  ...  "
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" ...  This is perfect for at home projects.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great for at home jobs!  ...  "
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" ...  Great in my classroom!  ...  "
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" ...  Using it regularly at my office.  ...  "
Build Quality
 38
broke, machine, thick, lamination, corners
+42%
-58%
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" ...  Broke after using it second time.  ...  "
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" ...  Spring for a higher quality if you need to use it a lot  ...  "
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" ...  I hate that the opening is barely wider than the sleeve- if you don’t line it up PERFECTLY it will bend one corner.  ...  "
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" ...  Would not feed material through.  ...  "
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" ...  The release button in the back would not work and did not release the materials.  ...  "
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" ...  This item broke after one time.  ...  "
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" ...  It broke the first time i used it! ... i was testing it and it broke!  ...  "
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" ...  It's ridiculously cheap in its construction.  ...  "
Returns
 36
sent, returning, returned, replacement, refund
+6%
-94%
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" ...  Had to return it because the Crap wouldn’t feed as soon as I opened it and got it started.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not sure why it failed but I sent it back.  ...  "
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" ...  sent back as it did not work  ...  "
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" ...  I will be returning it.  ...  "
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" ...  Even got a replacement machine and the replacement was just as bad.  ...  "
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" ...  Not going to bother sending it back to the US for a refund when freight will probably cost four times the amount I paid for the item.  ...  "
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" ...  Returned for full refund.  ...  "
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" ...  Would not laminate I returned it Hope to give me a credit  ...  "
Heating
 35
heat, heats up quickly, hot, quickly, take
+74%
-26%
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" ...  Remember to let it heat up and you're good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  Quickly heats up and cools off, easy to store.  ...  "
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" ...  This one is much smaller, easier to store and heats up quicker.  ...  "
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" ...  Doesn’t take but a couple minutes to heat up.  ...  "
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" ...  the laminator is quiet and heats up quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  It heats up very easily.  ...  "
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" ...  Heats up quickly and laminates easily.  ...  "
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" ...  It heated up in a few minutes.  ...  "
Size
 35
compact, size, laminator, easy to use, lightweight
+97%
-3%
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" ...  It can do different size jobs.  ...  "
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" ...  Works perfectly, small and fits nicely on my shelf, out of the way.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the fact that’s it’s small and lightweight.  ...  "
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" ...  It can be time consuming, especially if you have a good amount to laminate, but it’s easy to use and very portable!  ...  "
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" ...  This is a great little laminator and perfect for home use.  ...  "
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" ...  Small, light weight, and extremely simple to operate!  ...  "
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" ...  I love the size and convenience of being able to laminate from home or in my classroom.  ...  "
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" ...  It heats up quickly, doesn't take too long to laminate & is easily stored due to its compact size.  ...  "
Product As Described
 21
expected, exactly, works as expected, described, works
+100%
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" ...  Good price, works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  works as expected.  ...  "
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" ...  On the back of each card I placed a note written by the person so that he would know who drew the picture that accompanied the alphabet letter.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as described  ...  "
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" ...  I looked at the pictures on other reviews before anything, like always.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly what I expected!  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Goofproof and works as advertised.  ...  "
Storage
 17
pockets, space, laminating, lamination, jammed
+76%
-24%
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" ...  I did find it important to have plenty of space in front and in back so the pages don't bend when entering or exiting.  ...  "
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" ...  It's such a great item to add to my craft collection.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this along with the amazinbasics plastic sheets and it worked perfectly to laminte my school materials.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been very happy with the results using the laminator with Scotch 3mil pockets.  ...  "
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" ...  I encountered no problems and was sure to leave space at each margin.  ...  "
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" ...  And takes up so little space!  ...  "
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" ...  Two settings for different thicknesses of lamination pockets so make sure to check.  ...  "
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" ...  I lovethe look and that it will fit almost anywhere to store.  ...  "
Delivery
 16
received, came, fast, today, shipping
+81%
-19%
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" ...  Amazon did great in delivery time and packaging was perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  Came super quick, as ordered it yesterday, got it today.  ...  "
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" ...  BEST PRODUCT, ARRIVED ON TIME,  ...  "
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" ...  the low price and the fast shipping  ...  "
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" ...  Defiantly came in handy for the work I have to do  ...  "
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" ...  Shipping was on time!  ...  "
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" ...  Worked right out of the box. ... This laminator was the same price and it came to the door in the promised 2 day delivery.  ...  "
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" ...  Quick delivery and secure packaging.  ...  "
Cleaning
 14
roller, smells, rollers, machine, laminated
+43%
-57%
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" ...  Also, as you can see there are tons of little bubbles but maybe that’s normal.  ...  "
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" ...  Cons: There are times when the sheet doesn’t get completely laminated, leaving bubbles in the sheet.  ...  "
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" ...  Rollers don’t always grab  ...  "
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" ...  It smells stinky.  ...  "
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" ...  Roller works and everything seems fine, but apparently the heater burned out.  ...  "
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" ...  Now everything gets caught in the roller.  ...  "
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" ...  On roller inside jamming it.  ...  "
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" ...  This kept catching a corner so that it wrinkled and then it is now trashed due to rolling the film around the roller and it was put in the right way with the sealed in first.  ...  "
Setup
 11
use, twice, simple, read the instructions, professional
+73%
-27%
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" ...  Easy to use, no set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Very simple and easy to use, clear and accurate instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it to laminate flyers and it looks very professional.  ...  "
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" ...  Instructions are very clear.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked right out of the box with no real setup.  ...  "
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" ...  It does a great job with the most basic and simple instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  works great, puts out laminated sheets pretty quick - easy use - plug and play  ...  "
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" ...  Good instructions included.  ...  "
Cooling
 11
minutes to warm, takes, minutes, minute, hot
+91%
-9%
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" ...  It gets really hot, but it cools quickly enough as well.  ...  "
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" ...  All laminators become warm.  ...  "
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" ...  Wait a couple minutes to warm up and you're good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  Warms up quickly and cools down quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  Take sometime to warm up, but seals completely.  ...  "
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" ...  I then have to leave it off for 10-15 minutes before it will warm back up enough to work.  ...  "
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" ...  It took a few minutes to warm up and then I was able to make several laminates one right after the other.  ...  "
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" ...  Warm up time is minimal and it gives high quality laminations  ...  "
Sound Quality
 10
noise, started, laminating, weird, sheets
+10%
-90%
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" ...  It is super slow and makes these creaking sound as if it’s going to break down any second.  ...  "
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" ...  When you had it set to 5 Mil it wouldn't accept anything except 3 Mil or it would make crazy noises and stop.  ...  "
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" ...  It started making noises when laminating and the sheet gets stuck and I have to pull through to complete the lamination.  ...  "
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" ...  It is now making a humming noise, not a normal one and I have only had this 4 months.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, it does not appear to be heating though you can hear the rollers making noise.  ...  "
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" ...  I laminated about 8 sheets that day, the machine suddenly started making a different noise and would no longer feed items through.  ...  "
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" ...  As you can see it makes a very loud sound, and that sound will persist even when it is not laminating.  ...  "
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" ...  It worked correctly on the first 6 sheets, now it's making a weird noise and isn't feeding the sheets through correctly.  ...  "
Design
 10
like, nice, makes, looks, design
+90%
-10%
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" ...  I'm so glad it'll look beautiful for many more years to come.  ...  "
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" ...  Looking for a better one now.  ...  "
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" ...  And it’s nice to look at!  ...  "
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" ...  Very simple to use, finished product looks great!  ...  "
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" ...  Looks like this will do what I need to laminate.  ...  "
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" ...  they are heavier with nice gloss finish.  ...  "
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" ...  The design is pretty simplistic which makes the unit really easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  This product makes them quickly and the cards are thick, professional and look very official.  ...  "
Controls
 9
release, work, switch, jam, stops
+11%
-89%
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" ...  The directions tell you to push down the release button in case of a jam but give no further directions as to HOW to remove the jam.  ...  "
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" ...  Have to shut it off and use the reverse button and still have to really pull hard to get the paper out.  ...  "
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" ...  the release button didn't work very well .  ...  "
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" ...  Tried the release button .  ...  "
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" ...  The release button isn’t that useful.  ...  "
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" ...  The release button does not fix this problem.  ...  "
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" ...  Until it stops, click, click, clicks and stops rolling your item right through, ruins it, and stops working.  ...  "
Hair
 9
cut, laminate, end, stuck, sheet
+67%
-33%
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" ...  You can cut your work after laminating and the lamination stays on both sides with no problems.  ...  "
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" ...  Needed a laminator for a quick job for a bunch of signs for a show and this fit the bill.  ...  "
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" ...  quick heat up time, fast laminating, and you can cut stuff after it's laminated and it still holds.  ...  "
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" ...  It is EASY to use and does an amazing job, I bought the 3m sleeves and it is perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  If you wondered if you can cut multiple documents (e.g.  ...  "
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" ...  I needed a laminator for foil cards.  ...  "
User Manual
 8
manual, read the instructions, use, simple, sheet
+63%
-38%
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" ...  Very simple and easy to use, clear and accurate instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  Instructions are very clear.  ...  "
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" ...  It does a great job with the most basic and simple instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  Instruction is very easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Good instructions included.  ...  "
Features
 8
light, green, settings, putting, never
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Two settings - 3mil and 5mil.  ...  "
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" ...  If you’re looking for a basic, low cost, entry level laminator for fairly light use, this is a great option!  ...  "
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" ...  It work fine even without the green indicator light.  ...  "
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" ...  A few times when I was putting a pouch thru the ready light would turn off but it didn’t have any adverse affects on the things I was laminating.  ...  "
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" ...  This might not have a lot of features but you can't beat the price and quality.  ...  "
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" ...  3 & 5ml settings were set correctly and the "ready" light was on.  ...  "
Drying
 8
dry erase, wrinkles, sheets, wrinkled, papers
+63%
-38%
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" ...  So very useful from crafts to making visual aids to dry erase activity sheets.  ...  "
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" ...  I laminate letter tracing exercises, just purchase dry erase markers and you can use it time and time again!  ...  "
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" ...  I was expecting a few wrinkles, but everything is perfect so far.  ...  "
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" ...  It's extra nice because I can use dry erase markers on it with patients and then just erase it and reuse it with other clients!  ...  "
Food Items
 7
works, well, used, put, laminating
+43%
-57%
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" ...  I've used the Scotch Laminator previously but because of the recall, I thought I'd give the Amazon Basics a try. ... It gets very hot, very quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't understand how I can put in a flat sheet and have it dog-eared or crimped when it comes out.  ...  "
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" ...  I have never been able to get it to get hot enough to laminate anything after that.  ...  "
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" ...  Literally the crapiest laminating I've ever had.  ...  "
ISP
 7
like, perfect
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Works just like it should.  ...  "
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" ...  Its a must have!  ...  "
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" ...  Works just fine!  ...  "
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" ...  But, I do.  ...  "
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" ...  Works just like it should.  ...  "
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" ...  Works perfect for my needs  ...  "
Gaming
 5
games, game, cards, laminated
+100%
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" ...  My School titles are now safe.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm a school psychologist and I use it to make lots of laminated worksheets and games for my kiddos.  ...  "
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" ...  MOstly around the house and to create weekly game cards for my football crew.  ...  "
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" ...  My flash card games will have a longer shelf life for my students now!  ...  "
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" ...  Used this to laminate cards for a board game (75 cards) and worked perfectly, no warping.  ...  "
As Gift
 5
teachers, laminator, children
+100%
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" ...  Excellent little tool for the class room when the children are not present.  ...  "
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" ...  I am so obsessed with this laminator that I have purchased THREE of these as gifts for teachers.  ...  "
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" ...  Makes a great teacher gift!  ...  "
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" ...  my hubby loved this gift.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this second one as a gift.  ...  "
Speed
 5
page, laminated, first, work, printer
+40%
-60%
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" ...  On the forth page, the page never came out of the machine.  ...  "
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" ...  I did about 13 pages and all but 1 did this.  ...  "
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" ...  It just crumbled the page into itself and I can't get it out.  ...  "
Print Quality
 5
pages, laminated, work, printer, like
+60%
-40%
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" ...  Makes printed papers look like regular photos.  ...  "
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" ...  I have also been laminating important documents and this thing works perfectly.  ...  "
Speed
 5
minutes to warm, minutes, min, warm, quickly
+80%
-20%
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" ...  This unit readies in just a few minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  It gets really hot, but it cools quickly enough as well.  ...  "
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" ...  It took a few minutes to warm up and then I was able to make several laminates one right after the other.  ...  "
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" ...  It heated up in a few minutes.  ...  "
Weight
 5
light, compact, weight, use, small
+100%
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" ...  Very minimalist, light-weight, and compact.  ...  "
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" ...  Small, light weight, and extremely simple to operate!  ...  "
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" ...  The pros: it’s light weight, easy to pack up for travel, easy to use, gets the job done!  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use and light weight for moving around.  ...  "
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" ...  Light and compact.  ...  "
Volume
 4
loud, high, slow, one, even
+50%
-50%
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" ...  So the price is right, it works well, even though it is slow my biggest issue (and even my husband said) IT IS LOUD!! ... It goes from silent to LOUD and back and forth thru the process.  ...  "
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" ...  We used it for a very low volume of items.  ...  "
Baking
 4
first, troop, scout, laminator, girl
+100%
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" ...  As a first year teacher this laminator is awesome to have!  ...  "
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" ...  I am a girl scout troop leader for kindergarten and first grade I laminate everything.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the perfect mom laminator!  ...  "
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" ...  At first I loved this machine.  ...  "
Software Platform
 3
user, operator, manual, even, download
-100%
comment
" ...  (It rippled due to user error!)  ...  "
Cover
 3
put, never, machine, came, way
+67%
-33%
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" ...   It’s works good, slide in the thermal pouch and your good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  I made sure to keep their place as the machine fed the pouch.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
+67%
-33%
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" ...  I was skeptical at first because I didn't want to deal with any misfeeds and risk ruining my work but everything turned out nicely .  ...  "
Battery Life
 3
hope
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Hope it lasts.  ...  "
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" ...  Will wait and see how long it lasts.  ...  "

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