After having used the trimmer a half dozen times, my wife and I are pleased with how light it is, how long the battery lasts and how quiet it is. It is easy to hold and manuver, the battery gets us through trimming all the edging, around the trees and along the curb edge -and we have the 'standard' 1/4 acre suburban lot and there is power remaining. Electric trimmers are not silent, of course, but it is quiet - especially when compared with any gas powered trimmer. The blower works just as well, but I will say that for blowing leaves it really lacks the power it needs. We primarily use it to blow out the garage, the deck and to blow off the sidewalk and driveway after mowing the lawn. I'd recommend it!