I suggest that you ask a salesperson if you can hold it in your hands before purchasing. If you don't like the "feel" of it, it's uncomfortable to use etc., chances are, you just wasted money for something that you won't use. Variable speed, soft start, 1/4" & 1/2" bit capabilities are all essential items anymore. 2 1/4- 2 1/2 hp routers will do an excellent job as a "first" router. In the future, you can always either upgrade or downsize, pending on what you're needing at that time.
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