Sure, the new sub-compact driver class is sweet. But if all you really want is a screwdriver why should you be robbed of modern conveniences like a removable battery, comfy rubber grip, and sub-$100 price? Think of Bosch’s new 4V “Max” as the Lexus of cordless screwdrivers: It looks like a Mercedes, but it’s based on a cost-practical Toyota.
The “Max” features all the conveniences we’ve come to expect from screwdrivers in the $50 range — an ergonomic grip, LED lighting, a magnetic bit holder, and a wide trigger — but you also get two removable batteries and a charger for around $75. That’s a great investment in my book, especially if you might burn through more than one charge a day — and hope to keep the tool for more than a couple of years. Your extra $25 essentially buys you a non-disposable cordless screwdriver.