Pros: Easy to use and great for small jobs
Cons: Not enough firepower for larger tasks; charger stays attached; tricky bit storage
A decent drill for around $25? Yep, Black & Decker has made one with this little jewel, and this is one that stays charged up and around my house for various chores. While you'll need something with a little more firepower for heavy duty tasks, I can't think of a better drill to use for installing fire alarms, putting shelves together and other light tasks.
Remember when "point and shoot" 35mm cameras were all the rage? This drill reminds me a bit of those. Well, it doesn't use film or take pictures, but it's certainly easy to use, so you get the idea. This is a simple, 6.0 volt drill that acts as a good screwdriver or something to have for drilling through light woods and dry-wall with ease.
Of course, 6 volts isn't much power, and this drill lets you know when you're pushing it to the limit because it whines like a banshee and lets off that "electrical burn" smell. Fortunately, most jobs around the house are small enough so that you don't have to push the drill to the limits.
This drill comes with a chuck, and a two-ended bit one side is for phillips screws, while the other is for flat-head ones. It also comes with a case and charging cord. If you want some drill bits (and, you'll probably need some), those cost extra. Fortunately, drill bits are inexpensive, and you won't mind spending a couple of extra bucks to pick some up because this drill is dirt cheap -- I paid about $25 for mine a few weeks ago at the local sweatshop, err, Wal-Mart (I think it was on sale, but I can't remember). Mine came in a stylin' shade of olive drab with an orange trigger, if you're the type who cares about such things.
This drill is rechargeable, but I would have liked a charging base that could be detached. The charger and battery stay connected to this drill, making the bottom of it a bit cumbersome. I suppose that was done to cut down on cost of this thing. However, the balance of this light drill is good, so the charging base doesn't really get in the way. The drill connects to a small charging cord. It's takes 16 hours to charge this thing fully, by the way.
I'd love to report on whether the battery is good, bad or whatever, but I'm not sure about it. That's because I only use it for light tasks around the house, so I've not run the thing out of power yet. Let's say you're drilling two holes in the ceiling for anchors needed to mount a smoke detector. So, you drill the holes and then use the drill as a screwdriver to mount the detector to the ceiling. That doesn't take long, and it doesn't take much power. I've also used it to assemble a small bookshelf (using the drill as a screwdriver, of course), to drive a screw here and there, to drill holes in the walls for anchors and etc. None of that takes a lot of time, so I haven't run across the problem of having my battery run out on me.
That should really come as no surprise because, like I said, this is a drill to be used for small, household tasks and nothing more.
The only major complaint I have about this drill has to do with the carrying case. It's a touch, plastic case with a small, covered compartment for storing bits. My gripe has to do with that storage compartment -- the thing is next to impossible to open. The plastic latches on it keep it very secure, and it takes quite a bit of work to pry it open. I have a feeling those latches will either loosen up one day to the point of being unusable or will break off. Since I don't use it much, I may never find out how long it will work.
The drill itself is easy to operate. It has a two-way motor, with a button clearly indicating whether the drill is set to lock or unlock screws. It is also a two-speed drill, and the speeds can be selected easily through the use of the trigger -- half-way down is slow, while all the way is fast. Indeed, this thing is very easy to use.
And, the chuck (used to tighten the thing down on bits and such) is very easy to store. Forget about losing that thing as it stores right on the side of the unit in the base. That's a very secure storage spot, indeed, and makes it easy to keep up with the chuck (heh, heh. Up-chuck. Get it?) And, using the chuck to make sure drill bits are secure and tight is very easy and doesn't require a lot of tugging and teeth-gnashing. This drill accepts up to 1/4" (6 mm) bits for metal and masonry drilling and up to 3/8" (10 mm) bits for wood drilling.
All in all, this is a very reliable and easy-to-use drill that's of the quality you'd expect from Black & Decker. It's cheap and handy around the house, so I'd suggest you run out and get one for small chores.