This heat gun is not too loud and it smelled like burnt plastic the 1st time I used it but the manufacturer information said it's normal. After 3 times I've used it, it still smells like burnt plastic but not that bad. I haven't been successful with my embossing but maybe i need to try different ink or embossing powder. So far it seems like decent product. The only negative side is actually overstock/ USPS shipping process. It took more than a week to get it and I definitely prefer to order from xxxxx now (I have xxxxxxx xxxxx service).