Hey Christopher; welcome! What exactly did you mean by "smaller projects"? Did you mean things like models, jewellery boxes, etc? The reason I ask is that should influence what type of router you invest in.
I'm the last one to ask for router advice but, having said that, I have three all of different sizes/HP for different purposes.
My little Ryobi laminate trimmer has been a faithful companion for something like two, maybe three decades. It's pretty much relegated to doing just that, laminate trimming, which doesn't mean that it couldn't be used for a lot more!