i-Drill 2i-Drill Review
There's a new 12-volt platform on the block and it's from a company called i-Drill. They were nice enough to send us one of their new 2-Speed Drills to review.
First off, the drill looks like it's made out of either recycled Stormtroopers or crushed up MacBooks. It's a unique look for a tool, and that seems to be one of the points of the i-Drill, starting with the very atypical tool packaging. We've never really seen a tool try to capture the Mac vibe, but this one does. The i-Drill exudes that certain latte friendliness and kind-colored usability that urban graphic designers love so much.
But, we're really more concerned with how the tool functions rather than how the outer shell looks. We used the i-Drill on a number of projects (shelf building, some work out in the garage, tinkering in the shed) and have to say that it really impressed us. For a tool that is so obviously not marketed toward construction types, this one has some serious power behind it.
It's a little larger than most 12-volt drills on the market, but it's got a nice feel to it. It's also heavier than most, but it's balanced in such a way that no one is ever going to consider it heavy. It's got an LED which activates at a touch of the trigger and a few battery indicator lights. Oh, and there are two speeds and all the clutch settings you could ever need. The iDrill also comes with two batteries which is always a nice feature.
The i-Drill has an unusual charging set-up. The charger has a tool stand attached to it (the tool doesn't come with any case), so you can easily set it up on your workbench and store the tool at the same time. The i-Drill also comes with a series of plug adapters so the tool can be used in 99% of the world's countries. On paper this sounds great, but to us, it seems like a bit of a waste. We go abroad once every couple years and so far we've never been inclined to bring a power tool, so as it stands we now have a handful of plug adapters. It's a feature that is great for retailers who can sell the drill wherever they want, and it also might be cool for the UNICEF crowd who might hop around from country to country doing public works projects, but for the guy who wants to help his kid with a science project, it's neither here nor there. The plug adapters are only usable with the i-Drill charger, so it's not like we can even use them for our cell phone when we're traveling.
But that's just the plug, and like we said, we were impressed with the power and usability of the drill. What we've discovered talking to people, is that the look of the i-Drill elicits one of two responses; repulsion or attraction. We haven't seen too many luke-warm opinions on it. The hard-core contractor types turn their noses up and our city-dwelling friends want to know more. But it's the testimonials page of the i-Drill website that is the final confirmation on who this product is meant for; there are positive comments from Rachel the mother of two, Tom the Graphic Designer, Richard the Computer Technician, and Nick the Corporate Lawyer. All of these folks may have bought the drill because it's stylish, but what they no doubt discovered is that it's plenty powerful too.
At iDrill ($150) or Amazon.com ($100)
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 24, 2011 6:00 AM