When setting out to review the Remington MB4550T, I had high hopes. Generally, I like Remington products and have gotten good service from them in the past. I really like the MB4040 beard trimmer and had high expectations for the MB4550T. Unfortunately, I did not get the service I hoped for.
There were several things I liked about the MB4550T. The unit looks slick and the blades are very sharp for cleanly cutting through even the thickest of beards. Additionally, the trimmer feels ruggedly built.
One of the things I though would be a great feature is that the unit charges via a micro USB port. Sometimes when I am on the road, AC power can be a tricky thing. Plugging this into one of my battery packs for a charge seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the battery (see below), so this wound up being a bust. But, I still like the idea.
My number one complaint about the MB4550T was the awful battery life. I mean this thing is really bad. It cannot hold a charge long enough for a single trim. Imagine my surprise when halfway through my first use the unit died. I’ve read the manual and checked online, but I’m charging this thing correctly. It just will not hold a charge.
The touch controls are also a pain. I had been pretty excited about testing those out, but they wound up being very finicky and I could never figure out exactly where I was supposed to touch to make things happen. If you are used to the silky smooth interface of an iPhone or Android phone, you will definitely hate these controls.
Setting the correct trimming length is a hassle, as the trimmer can “double click” right past where you want to be. It should be a simple thing, but Remington failed pretty hard with these touch controls.
Below is the Remington video on the touch screen interface:
I really cannot recommend this beard trimmer. The Remington MB4550T is a good looking unit, and I like some of the features, but mine wound up being a failure.