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Watch out; Conair web site is misleading

By Mike Verified Purchaser from Maine, USA on 10/12/2008


Difficult To Use

Describe Yourself:

Beard Wearer

Best Uses:

Clipping Hair Not Beard, Clipping Pets

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

If you're looking for a beard trimmer, DON'T get this unit. It may be a capable hair clipper, but it is physically too large and does not clip closely enough to be used as a beard/moustache trimmer.For some background leading up to my FX653BX purchase: I was a loyal and extremely happy Norelco Maverick T3000 user for 10 years. Over that time, I had the unit serviced twice (batteries, blades) and it performed fantastically. Once the blade drive broke, I naturally chose the most similar unit in the current Norelco product line - the T980. This was a so-so trimmer, but the batteries make it completely unusable after about 12 months (can't even use it with the cord plugged in). Many others report the same problem online.In light of the poor performance, and high cost and difficult procedure required to replace the battery (with another equally-poor one), I decided to ditch my Norelco and look for a high-end tool that, hopefully would rival the durability of my old T3000.After much research, including on the Conair web site, itself, I chose the FX653BX for my new beard trimmer. The reason I finally settled on this model is that it has an 18mm comb attachment (plus 2mm on-board adjustment). I wear parts of my beard pretty long, and didn't want to buy a trimmer with a shorter cutting length than my T3000 or T980. Although the FX653BX was very expensive at [$] I was willing to spend the money for a quality unit, and one that wouldn't end up in a landfill after only a few yearsYou can imagine my disappointment when the monstrous FX653BX arrived at my doorstep. While this unit may be a capable hair or pet clipper, it is way, way to big to be used as a beard/moustache trimmer. I've tried, with limited success, to trim my beard using the FX653BX. It is possible to do. You can, however, perform the same task much more easily using a small $20 trimmer from [...]; there's no reason to buy a FX653BX as a trimmer.So, how did I end up with the FX653BX when it is clearly not what I needed? I consulted the Conair web site.Specifically, on the Forfex product section of the Conair site, their units are divided into 'clippers' and 'trimmers' sections. Naturally, I browsed for products in the trimmers section. What I didn't realize at the time, however, is that when you click the model 785 trimmer, the web page subtly switches over to the clipper product line. So, I thought I was buying a trimmer with an 18mm comb, and ended up getting an unwieldy baseball bat of a hair clipper.All-in-all, I should have sent the FX653BX back. I hadn't fully realized what happened until I had already used it; I don't imagine any company wants to take a used hair trimmer as a return.For those in the market for a hair clipper, this may be worth a look. For people wanting a trimmer, try something else.

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