Fellowes Saturn 3i 125 Laminator Review

Fellowes Saturn 3i 125 Lamination Machine Review

If you are tired of having your paper documents degrade and be damaged over time, you will get a lot of use out of a laminator. While it may seem like an unusual purchase to customers who have not worked in a school or office, you will find that it can be equally useful at home depending on your needs.

When it comes to paper documents, they can easily degrade over a long period of time, yellowing and eventually falling apart at your touch. If you would like to preserve a document for a longer time than you would otherwise be able to, investing in a laminator for your home is an excellent choice.

In addition to improving the durability of your documents, it also renders them far more rigid, meaning you can place them in your briefcase or another bag without fear of them crumpling and folding. Your documents will also be more resistant to weather and other elements which may degrade your paper.

While a laminator can improve your documents regarding strength and resistance to the elements, this is not the only reason for purchasing one of these machines. A laminator can also be useful for school projects and even work projects.

Fellowes Laminator Saturn3i 125

Laminators make documents look better by making the colors more evident and bright. This improves their use for presentations as you will be able to draw far more attention to areas of interest. If you find that you are often responsible for presentations involving paper copies, a laminator will be an excellent choice for you.

Things You Should Consider

Before you buy any laminator, there are some things you should take into consideration: 

Laminating Speed

The rate at which your machine laminates is typically in the range of 0.5 to 2 feet per minute, depending on the quality of the mechanism and the design of your laminator. Roller laminators will generally function faster than other models thanks to the manner in which they function, rolling the film directly onto your document.

This aspect is only usually important if you find yourself pressed for time while you are laminating an item. This is usually a crucial aspect in a professional setting where time is money, and there may be more people waiting to use the laminator after you.

Number Of Rollers

The number of rollers used in your laminator can have a large range of effects. The most evident difference between a model which has many rollers and fewer rollers is in the effectiveness of the lamination process.

This means that a two roller model will have fewer bubbles and unevenness when the lamination process has been completed. Most modern laminators will feature at least two rollers for this very reason. Keep in mind that a model with more rollers will generally cost more due to the added complexity of the extra mechanisms.

The Product

Specifications:

  • Uses InstaHeat technology to shorten the warmup time to 1 minute
  • Lamination thickness varies between 3 to 5 mils
  • Includes auto shutoff functionality
  • Includes a jam release lever
  • Also includes a cold press mode
  • Maximum width of 12.5 inches

Manufactured by Fellowes, one of the premiere makers of laminators, this product features a large number of additional features for a model in its price range. These features include an auto shutoff for added safety in case you end up forgetting to power down the machine. While it can still be unsafe to leave the machine unattended, it is still better than no backup features.

Another excellent feature is the InstaHeat system which speeds up the warmup time from the usual 5 minutes to 1 minute. While this model may be a little more expensive than some other products, it is actually rather hard to find a similarly priced laminator with as many extra amenities.

Results

We were rather impressed by this product's build quality. When it comes down to it, this product feels like a laminator which is half again more expensive. Everything from the sleek, modern user interface down to the choice between cold or hot lamination makes this product surprisingly well priced.

Fellowes Laminator Saturn3i 125 being used.

The fast warmup time of this machine lessens the down time of laminating objects. If you find yourself laminating documents often, the InstaHeat system will end up saving you a great deal of time in the long run. The range of thickness that can be handled by this model of laminator is somewhat standard at 3 to 5 mils.

The jam release lever is another aspect which we are thankful was included. Unfortunately, too few models feature one of these levers. Any option to release a jam is far more convenient than having to power down the machine and restart the process.

What Others Say

After searching through many reviews and customer testimonials, we have found some of the more common comments which have been expressed about this model. Many customers were highly impressed by the effectiveness of this product, even considering the mid to high price range.

Customers also appreciated the inclusion of ten sample pouches, allowing them to get started laminating right off the bat. One issue that some customers had with this laminator was the level of precision required when inserting sheets to be laminated, as a bit of offset can result in a jam quite easily.

Fellowes Laminator Saturn3i 125 front view.

Buying Advice

This product is available online on Amazon.com for about 105 dollars. This is an excellent price for such a high-quality product, and this is a downright steal if you manage to find it on sale. When it comes to build quality, this product is unmatched in its price range.

Conclusion

This product is a great choice if you would like a laminator which features the quality of a high-priced product but the pricing of a mid-range laminator. We hope that this review has helped you make a decision about whether or not you would like to purchase this product.

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