Syska trimmers have generated much hype with their TV campaign. In this post we will take a look at Syska HT1309’s review, features and specifications to determine whether this trimmer lives up to its name.
We will also compare this Syska Trimmer with a few popular Philips Trimmers so that you can make an informed choice of buying a trimmer.[toc]
Let’s start with the design.
The Syska HT1309 has a plastic body with a slightly curved grip. While all trimmers have slight curves so they can be gripped properly, the Syska HT1309 has a much bigger curve than usual.
The plastic feels solid and the trimmer has meshed grip on the back and a textured feel on the front. The sides, however, are smooth. We would have preferred the sides also be textured to have a good grip while using the HT1309.
Syska HT1309 Features and Specifications
Now let’s move on to the features of the Syska HT1309.
The HT1309 is a wireless trimmer. Syska chose to put steel blades in the HT1309. While titanium blades are much better, Syska claims that the blades on the HT1309 are self-sharpening. While trimming, the blades come in contact with each other and sharpen themselves. Only timely use can confirm if that information is true or not. The Syska HT1309’s blades are also oil-free, that means you do need to put in any oils to maintain the blades. However, keeping the blades dry is highly recommended.
On the trimming front, the HT1309 has both clipper and trimmer features. The trimmer has a built adjustable comb which can be used to adjust the thickness of the beard of the trimmer. The trim range on the Syska HT1309 ranges from 0.5m to 24mm. Some people prefer thickness less than 0.5mm, so please note if you are one of them. The high range of 24mm however, makes it easy to maintain thick beards.
The minimum adjustment on the Syska HT1309 is 1mm, so you get a total of 25 length adjustments to choose from.
Syska HT1309 Battery
Syska HT1309 has a battery capacity that lasts 60 mins while requiring a charge time of 8 hours. A helpful charging LED indicator helps you know the charging status of the HT1309.
Coming to the battery technology, the Syska HT1309 is powered by a Ni-Mh battery. Ni-MH stands for Nickel Metal Hydride, which forms a type of rechargeable battery. According to this Wikipedia article, Ni-Mh batteries can have three times the capacity of a Ni-Cd (Nickel Cadmium) battery but its power storage density is almost equal to a Lithium Ion (Li-on) battery. We would say the choice of the battery is good in Syska HT1309.
However, if there are certain precautions to be taken with the NiMH batteries. They lose their capacity if they are overcharged frequently. To avoid this, we recommended that you do not charge the Syska HT1309 for longer than recommended.
Li Mh batteries also suffer from temporary loss of capacity if they are not fully charged-discharged. To avoid this issue, we would recommend that you occasionally use the Syska HT1309 till the battery dies completely and then fully charge it.
If you are interested to know more about Ni-Mh batteries, you can download this PDF file from Energizer.
Performance Review of Syska HT1309 Beard Trimmer
Moving on the performance review of the HT1309, which is the most important aspect of any trimmer.
Based on our tests, the Syska HT1309 works well for its price range. You may get slightly better performance on a Philips trimmer, but you will pay 2 times the price for that.
For the actual trimming, you start by putting on the trimming comb and then adjusting the front dial to the height you want. The higher the number on the adjustment, the bigger beard you will maintain while trimming.
A good point about the trimmer head on the Syska HT1309 is that it has a wide cutting head of 32mm width. This helps in trimming a lot of hair fairly quickly.
Using the clipper feature, you can even style your hair. We are not sure how convenient it is or what results it will bring. We recommended that you stick to your barber for hair styling.
To style your beard and finely tune it, you can remove the hair comb and expose the blade. You can then use the blade directly to define the edges of your beard.
Some customers have complained about not being able to trim their hair properly with this trimmer. We would say that it’s not the trimmer’s fault. A trimmer has to be used in a certain way to make sure that it performs the best. Here are some pointers.
- Do not use the trimmer when your beard is wet
- Do not use the trimmer when your beard is oily and dirty
- If your beard is oily or dirty, properly shampoo it, then dry it before trimming
- If your beard hairs are curly and stick together, it’s better to comb them before trimming
- Always use the trimmer in the opposite direction of your beard growth
For cleaning and maintenance, you can use the detachable feature of the head of the Syska Trimmer and wash it under water. The head is waterproof so you need to worry about damaging it. It is recommended that you dry the blade thoroughly before storing it to avoid any issues. You can also use the provided cleaning brush to remove stuck hair and dust inside your blades.
Syska HT1309 Warranty, Box and Other Specifications
The Syska HT1309 is available in 2 colors, black-blue and black-grey. Both colors are identical in their use. Inside the box, you get the trimmer itself, a power adaptor, user manual, a cleaning brush, and a warranty card.
The Syska HT1309 comes with a 2-year manufacturing defect warranty which you can claim in case anything goes wrong.
Syska HT1309 Customer Reviews
Apart from our review, we also navigate through hundreds of reviews to uncover common issues.
Good news is, there are no persistent issues in the Syska HT1309 that you should be worried about.
The only complaint that some users have is that the trimmer heats while using it. This is quite normal and you shouldn’t worry about it. But, if the trimmer heats so much that it’s uncomfortable to hold, then you should definitely contact a service center.
Syska HT1309 Trimmer Features and Sepecifications at a glance
- Available in 2 colors
- 25 Trimming Length Settings
- Cordless Trimmer
- Stainless Steel Blades
- Removable, Washable Head
- 8 Hour Charging Time
- 60 Minute Use Time
- Self Sharpening Blades
- LED Charging Indicator
- 2 Year Warranty
- Built in hair clipper
- 0.5 – 24mm Trimming Lenght
- 32mm Cutter Width
- Oil Free Use
Syska HT1309 Trimmer Pros and Cons
- Great entry level trimmer
- Wide trimming head
- Waterproof Head
- 2 Year Warranty
- Built in clipper
- Self sharpening blades
- 1mm precision trimming
- Low Usage Time
- High Charging Time
- Some users report excess heating issues