This is a constant at my desk. The CM Photo Trimmer is a small cutter designed specifically for trimming photos. It is small and lightweight so it can fit easily on your desk and go anywhere with you. It cuts up to 4 3/4″ x 7″. There is a drawer on the side which can be used to store small items. The trick to straight cuts is to make sure the arm is lifted all the way up and your photo is flush along the top. Because of the top guard you would not be able to cut 1/2″ or smaller strips but I use this only for photos so it is not an issue.