The step function is very good as I can keep my beard trimmed to the same level every time I use it. I can't comment on its effectiveness as a hair trimmer as I don't use it for that. For the most part, it's a quality design. I'm not sure why they included the travel pouch as it takes away from the overall perception of quality design. It's just a cheap plastic bag. I don't have anything to compare it with, it's my first beard trimmer, but it seems good and does the job painlessly.