Reported by Jessica Diedrich
This semi-portable 12″ Rotary trimmer comes complete with more bells and whistles than a trimmer has every had, to my knowledge: It’s HOT pink, decorated with butterflies right on the measuring grid, and comes with a fully functioning MP3 player dock and speakers that allow you to jam while crafting. Who’d have ever thought this to be possible (or necessary heh heh)? In addition, replacement blades are available for this model and there are also a few decorative blade options that can be purchased to use with this tool. Now, I say semi-portable because it does have a convenient carrying handle built right into it, but it is still quite cumbersome and doesn’t fit in most standard cropping totes. Although it is lightweight in terms of other rotary trimmers, I still wouldn’t call this a travel-sized trimmer.
The MP3 player docking station is easy to use. I believe that the 3mm jack is standard for use on most MP3 players, actually. It does not charge your device while playing like other docking stations I have seen, but it IS a craft tool after all, I can’t be too hard on it. The plug hides underneath the dock (which is made of a rubbery material and is nice protection from slipping) and can be stowed away when the player is not in use. I have read and heard a few reviews regarding the speakers on this trimmer. I had to laugh when seeing reviews that describe these speakers as “a bit too tinny”, or “not enough bass.” Um…it’s a trimmer. I guess I didn’t expect it to sound anywhere near what is available for MP3 players in today’s gadget world, so I think that going in with lower expectations is really what one must do when contemplating purchasing this tool. The sound definitely isn’t awful, either….I’ve had computers that have sounded worse! All in all, I think the sound quality and volume maximum is what’s to be expected from a Paper Trimmer…now doesn’t that just SOUND funny used in the same sentence? Speakers…Trimmmer??? Seriously, what will they think of next?
In addition, the paper is cut on the OUTSIDE of the blade, whereas I am used to other trimmers cutting on the INSIDE of the blade. Add a pretty large sized rotary blade handle into the mix, and well, you’re kind of out of luck in terms of really being able to SEE where the paper is being cut. This is a huge downside, in my opinion. This was also a huge blow to the cloud nine I was on, while pink butterflies swirled around me and my rose colored glasses the day that I received this gift. It would have been an absolutely perfect match for me if it were any better at the actual paper cutting.
- Blades can be replaced and also decorative blade options are available
- It’s pink! With butterflies!
- The MP3 player feature isn’t bad for being an added novelty feature.
- Ergonomic Handle built right into the base so feels secure/sturdy while transporting
- Trimmer/blade itself below average in terms of cutting ability
- Hard to see where the paper is being cut
- Bulky/somewhat cumbersome to travel with
- Price is a bit high
Overall, I would not recommend this trimmer for purchase, even though it is a sad day for the pink butterfly community. It’s really a wonderful idea in theory, and even with a heftier price tag, I think they would fly off the shelves (no pun intended!) if the blade quality and ease of use could be improved. If you are interested in trying out this trimmer, it is available at some Archivers locations as well as scrapbook.com.
Do you own this trimmer? We’d love to hear from you! Do you love it? We ALL know that human error sometimes counts as a big part of it and well, I am NOT the sharpest tool (no pun intended…ok, maybe I intended it this time 🙂 when it comes to gadgets and gizmos, so if I am missing out on an easier way to enjoy this thing, feel free to tell me so! Do you own it and NOT like it? Be sure to drop us a comment too, in case I’ve missed out on any key points. I am definitely NOT the end-all/be-all on trimmers no matter HOW many I’ve owned… so come on out and talk to us!
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