When I first went looking for a router, I had a few things in mind as far as features....small enough and well balanced to be easy to handled, a round base, easy depth adjustment, and plenty of power. The Ridgid Trim Router looked like it would fit the bill perfectly, and did it ever! This router is one of the most powerful trim routers availabe, and at $99 is much cheaper than any of it's competitor brands.
Just a few of the great features:
-Micro-fine Thumbwheel Depth Adjustment
-A Round Sub-Base and a square one.
-A Built-In LED Workspace Light
This router is small enough for comfortable one-hand operation, something that is really important if you'll need to be reaching into the middle of a wide piece of wood. As said, it is very powerful and will even handle most tasks you'd use a full-size router for. For HO guys, the "default" 3.5" round base could be used on it's own if you like 1.75" lane spacing (though it would technically be 1/32 over). Something I discovered after purchasing this router was that while not exactly designed for them, the sub-bases will accept most readily available router bushings, which made cutting rail slots a breeze. They even went as far as purposely designing a "rubberized" top so that between cutting or when repositioning you can sit the router upside-down without scratching your work surface...another example of the amount of thought that went into it's design. As for dependability, after well over 1000' linear feet of cutting, it still looks and operates like brand new.
The only negative thing I could say about this router is that is has no dust collection provision. Other than that, it's almost like it was made for track routing!