Anon, your router sounds very much like my Mastercraft router. I have simply gotten used to it. I keep a toothbrush in the router case to clean out sawdust from the gears from time to time. It takes a little gentle persuasion to move the router up and down sometimes, but I've done an awful lot of good work with this router, and would have no qualms about suggesting it as a first router. I usually get the bit into the range by pressing the button and making coarse adjustments, then release the button and make fine adjustments with the knob.
I'm not slow, I'm pacing myself!
Isaiah 44:13 Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line, he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass...
Usual kit: Table saw, band saw, dual base router and table, lathe, various saws, planer, sanders, and a multitude of hand tools.