We got a pencil sharpener that works and, after a couple of months in service, is still trimming away. As with any electric pencil sharpener, it pays to empty the shavings regularly and the front shavings drawer on this model makes that pretty easy. As for the sharpener itself, you do have to pay attention to the point and often give it a second try to get a clean trim. For the price, it seems just fine, is reliable, and does not take up a whole lot of space on the work counter. If and when this one wears out, we'll most likely buy another.