I like to have 2 separate sharpeners so I can have one for color pencils and one for regular pencils. I wanted something that was compact and wouldn't take up a lot of space on my desk. These remind me of the old hand sharpeners but these are electric so you get the best of both words. Compact and electric. So far its been working great for my desk. It's pretty compact so you could even through this in your art bag and take it with you on the go. Great for sketching in the park or the home office you can't really go wrong with this unit.