Ladies and gentlemen put your best dress or suit on and get ready for some DIY with glamour! This is my review of the Bosch IXO limited edition lithium ion screwdriver made with Swarovski crystal embellishments. DIY will never be unglamorous again!
First of all let me start by saying I am in no way affiliated with Bosch in any way, they haven’t sponsored me and well…probably never will now!
Sometime….last year I won this bosch IXO screwdriver in their prize draw and it’s pretty much been sitting in a box ever since.
I’ve tried to sell it but never got any reasonable offers so thought its about time I just break it out of the box and use it.
Which was also a great opportunity to do an unboxing and review.
Now I’ve always been a big fan of Bosch tools. I have a Bosch router, a jigsaw and a hammer drill and never had any complaints with any of them in and I’ve been using them for years.
But when I saw this lovely little tool I honestly did not know what to think….
It retails for just under £300 on Amazon compared to the normal £30 you would pay for their regular old IXO.
And it is basically their £30 IXO cordless lithium ion screwdriver but with one big difference….
It is embedded with Swarovski crystals!
Well it certainly is….sparkly!
I’ve no idea what Bosch had in mind when they designed this but it was a limited edition so I’ll give them some slack.
There are apparently 700 swartschy crystals embedded – I would count them but I have a dinner party to attend and its bring and assemble your own dining room table.
So the screwdriver itself feels good in my hand, certainly bosch did put a great deal of thought into ergonomics when they designed this and it feels pretty lightweight. The specs say about 300 grams although I’m not sure if that includes the weight of the crystals of course..
This special edition was made I’m told to mark the 10 millioth IXO screwdriver sold so Bosch have had plenty of time to review and refine the design.
Also in the box is the usual manual, charger and a 10 piece bit set which is pretty nicely tucked into the charger. Oh and it even comes with spare crystals just in case some fall out!
The bits can be inserted quickly enough and oh….there is a small LED light fantastic….if your working in dark corners of course.
It comes with a reasonable bit set as you would expect and of course a charger which apparently can charge thing in about 5 hours.
Battery life in most of the reviews I’ve seen says about 4 hours but I did a more realistic test as with a load perminantly on. It lasted for about an hour which I think is OK for what you need it for.
So it looks like there is a range of attachments you can get for the IXO and…oh my….I’m not sure why I wasted money on all these other tools now I really needed to get these…
A BBQ fan thingy, a wine bottle opener, A salt and pepper grinder…
I think I found out what’s going to be on this years xmas list!
Well there isn’t really much to be said about that other than its significantly more convenient than using a normal screwdriver or my cordless drill.
The torque probably is fine for general DIY stuff but any significant resistance and it stops. Of course this could be really useful if your careless with your tools and only want limited torque when assembling stuff.
It also only spins at around 200rpm so no variable control like your normal drill/driver but this is fine.
The specs say its about 55w and when you consider a my cordless 24V drill is 300w and my impact driver 550w this is never going to replace them obviously but for general screwing as per its intended purpose fine.
I feel I now need to wear a tie upon going into the workshop so I tried to gift it to my lovely wife. But she told me to go away (actually not the exact words she used)
It looks like I’m stuck with it.
So any good review you have to ask the question would I buy one of these?
And honestly the IXO driver, yes. Its small enough to sit near my assembly bench as an extra screwdriver to aid in general assembly work and definitely good enough for basic DIY jobs around the house such as cobbling together some Ikea furniture.
Would I buy the sparkly crystal embedded version for £300?
What do you think?
No. The answer is no…
You can buy some of the items mentioned in the video here. Note that as an amazon affiliate I will take a small share of the profits but the product wont cost any extra.
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