Trimming is an art for me. You get to create your own style with your facial hair and before you know it, the style becomes a trend. Of course, you’d need a good machine for the job. At the end of the day, beard trimming is equal parts skill and the usage of machinery.
I don’t know about you but I’m quite choosy when it comes to trimmers. I buy and experiment with a lot of these tools. If there’s a device I don’t like, I don’t use it. Thus, I used many trimmers over the years but only a handful survived my expectations.
Within the budget-friendly machines, Remington MB4040 Beard Trimmer survived my strict evaluations and for good reasons too. I’d say this is a trimmer meant for the beginners. Starting out, you’ll find this Remington device easy to handle. The makers got your back with a warranty if anything’s wrong.
Let’s explore the set of benefits and how it augments beard trimming from day one with my Remington MB4040 review. Heads up: I’ll be pointing out its flaws as well.
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An Impressive Design Caught My Eye First Up
A product’s design speaks a lot about the brand where the product belongs. And Remington MB4040 really “Does” stand out. A distinct mix of black and grey accents are hard to miss.
I found the color combination to be nothing less than appealing. The basic color being silver the product indeed offers a classy feel.
Don’t get me wrong but the experience of using a trimmer depends a whole lot on the grip. Obviously, the construction will play a big part in it. The device doesn’t look or feel flimsy in any way. The overall appearance might seem vintage (and a bit yesteryear for some) but the build is undoubtedly solid.
You might have noticed, there’re a lot of products out there that don’t prioritize how the buttons would actually feel when pressed. Remington won me over to quite some extent on this aspect. Even the length determining wheel felt reliable. The buttons gave a great (If not premium) tactile feedback.
The design also had its contribution to the efficiency of the whole thing. The curved, ergonomic design of the Remington MB4040 offered better control in my hands. Working on difficult areas like below the chin and around the neck when trimming was simply a breeze.
Portability “Is” an Option with This Product
In this day and age, you’ll come across a lot of big and bulky trimmers in the market. You won’t feel like putting them in your backpack when you decide to go on a small trip. “Space” is an issue. This handy little trimmer from Remington won’t disappoint when it comes to dimensions.
With the measly weight of only one pound, the device is only of 6.7 inches in height and the width is just about 1.7 inches. This makes the product portable. You can carry it just about anywhere you want. People won’t have to worry about it taking up too much space.
They (the makers) even threw in a pouch to carry the trimmer and all the accessories that came along with it. Losing small tools is very common in my case. So, this small little addition gets a thumbs up from my side.
The Blades Get the Job Done
Before considering a trimmer to be effective, you have to keep a sharp eye on the blades. I mean, there’s no point in getting a cutting device if it doesn’t cut well enough. The blades are self-sharpening. They don’t only last longer, but they require close to zero maintenance. No oils required!
I should mention that the blades actually clean themselves. This was a big plus for me. Because cleaning each blade bit by bit isn’t really fun. In fact, it gets boring if you do it every three days.
Have you ever used normal trimmers? You’ll know what I’m talking about. Even after that if you need some intense cleaning, you have the cleaning brush to help you with it. Go wild by all means.
The blades don’t only pack a bunch of features, but they offer versatility to a great extent. The package itself comes with three different blade heads. Each with their own specialty.
At the end of the day, it’s a question of taste. All of us don’t trim our beard the same way. The guys at Remington know that all too well. They are well-prepped with this little device.
One of the blade heads offered me the “Three Day Stubble” look. There’s one for goatees as well (If you aren’t in into that style signature). The third is for average styling, to keep things in shape and all.
Desirable lengths can be achieved and get new styles each time. You can even go wild with your mustache and sideburns too. Trimming is an art to many. Why limit yourself, right?
I almost forgot to mention the material used to craft the Remington MB4040 blades. Let me spell it out, “Titanium.” It simply can’t get any better than that. This offers the very best bet when it comes to both durability and longevity.
Apart from the titanium precision ground blades being super sharp, they are adjustable too. Just turn the length wheel and you’ll be able to scroll through lengths from 1.5mm to 18mm. Now that counts as impressive (At least in my book).
Ample Battery Support for You to Go the Distance
With a lithium-based construction, my expectations with the battery were average. But I was wowed by the actual performance. You might think that a 120-minute backup is no big deal in the current times. But it takes just about the same time to charge it up as well.
The indicator will show that the battery is fully charged within a maximum of two to three hours. Yes, you read that right. There is an LED indicator preinstalled to measure the charge status visibly.
This is something I appreciated. Especially in a product with a moderate price tag. But wait, there’s more! The next best thing to cordless functionality is corded operation support.
Well, guess what? You’ll get the best of both worlds.
If you think that “Limited Charge Capacity” is hampering your continuous workflow, then have no fear. You’ll have unlimited power in your hands as this runs even with the cord attached to a power outlet.
Possibilities of battery leakage come down to zero as this one is equipped with a unique charge holding system. Never lose your juice because you just might need every last drop.
There’s something I should give you a heads up about. The adapter is capable of drawing electricity from 110V-120V outlets. This doesn’t usually cause problems. But… just in case you have to draw power from a 240V outlet, all you have to do is change the adapter and you’re good to go.
Additional Features to Make it A Competent Product
At the end of the day, every decent product does what it promises. It’s the tiny details that give a sense of completion to the user. Remington has always been good at prioritizing the additional features which in turn make their product much easier to use.
The trimmer provides an option for switching blades as well. The task is made far less problematic with the clever addition of a button on the back of the head. Hold it to release the equipped blade and swap the new one that you intend to use. It’s as simple as that!
To keep the cutting length precise, they implemented a “Zoom Lock.” This prevents accidental changes in length while you are working on your facial hair. And I must mention this trimmer also works great on any part of your body. It’s considered to be safe enough to operate on your private parts too.
Lastly, the guys at Remington even included a cleaning brush as I’ve said before. With this, people can keep the hair strands from getting stuck in the intricate machinery inside. Keeping the device clean is essential and this tiny fella made the task a lot less tedious for me.
What I Like about this Trimmer
- Three separate blade guards open possibilities for various styles for beards and sideburns.
- Both cordless and corded operation is supported. This keeps possibilities of running out of power to a bare minimum.
- The blades are made of titanium which is far better than basic stainless-steel blades in terms of durability.
- I can vouch that not much maintenance is needed as the blades are self-sharpening.
- The device is aesthetically pleasing and well built. The construction is good enough to impress most users.
What I Don’t Like about this Trimmer
- I didn’t get any vacuum system which means cleaning the sink will need some effort.
- I found no support for USB charging cables. Losing the provided cable can be problematic.
Let’s End the Discussion Here!
I’d be brutally honest with you at the end of my piece. As a beard trimming expert, I know my expectations. Also, I know what Remington MB4040 is capable of. Let’s not compare it with high-end products from Braun or Phillips. Instead, I’d tell you to consider this as an “Entry-Level” thing.
Honestly, it’s a bang for your buck and quite a solid one at that. You get decent blades packed in a nice build. There’s a “Zoom Lock” to help you stay in one mode without having to hold the button the entire time. The makers handed out a 2-year warranty should anything go wrong as well.